World's First Poker Musical to Debut During Main Event of 39th Annual World Series of Poker®

JUNE 24, 2008 - 12:27:26 PM PST   |   Harrah's Entertainment Inc.

Famed Producer Tim Molyneux to Showcase Songs – Including New WSOP Theme Song – at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino

June 24, 2008 – All In: The Poker Musical will make its world debut in a special one-hour concert format July 4th and 5th at Masquerade Theatre in the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

On Thursday, July 3, the first day of the World Series of Poker Main Event, a special preview concert will be held at 7:30 PM for poker VIP's, luminaries and media.

Created by Tim Molyneux, with support from Phil Hellmuth and the World Series of Poker, this is the first poker-themed musical and the first musical to be developed in conjunction with a leading sports brand.  Echoing the core values and fabric that makes up poker players, this new genre of entertainment is a first for Las Vegas.

The story of All In: The Poker Musical revolves around the final nine players at the Main Event of the World Series Of Poker and, just like in the real WSOP, these players come from all walks of life. These clearly identifiable characters sing songs that are interlaced with poker analogies, quotes, and situations that also apply to the game of life.

"Through the lyrics of the songs and style of music, we see not only who these final nine players are, but we are able to see ourselves, our families, and our world," said Phil Hellmuth, the 11-time WSOP bracelet winner and international poker icon.

Molyneux is a world-renowned creator of large-scale production shows, including Bite, which celebrates its four-year anniversary on the Las Vegas Strip this August. He has worked with Dolly Parton, Playboy, Royal Caribbean Cruises, and is currently featured on E! Entertainment Television and the Lifetime Channel.

The one-hour concert during the WSOP will feature a live band, showgirls and such Broadway show veterans as Jimmy Lockett (Big River, The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Starlight Express, Cats); Reva Rice (Starlight Express, Smokey Joe's Café, Fosse, Chicago, and Spamalot); and Brandon Nix (We Will Rock You).

The show is fast paced, witty, sexy and fun. Molyneux's music is as varied as the characters themselves with a mix of styles ranging from pop, country, rock, blues, jazz and musical theater.

"The game of poker is metaphor for the game of life," said Jeffrey Pollack, WSOP commissioner. "Now one man's vision and creativity will show us just how close they really are in this special concert."

Hellmuth is a character in the show and has worked closely with Molyneux to help bring the poker player's thinking and attitude to life on stage.

"Tim is known for writing very commercial material that is not only creative but sexy, hip and attainable for the masses, said Hellmuth. "His poker musical sings loudly that poker is for everyone and we are all in this special game and this world together."

"Tim Molyneux has done what others have tried to do by capturing the global phenomena of poker by brilliantly tying it to one of the most powerful forces on earth…music," said renowned poker pro Jennifer Harmon.  "Poker is life and Tim shows us this in a very entertaining way."

The WSOP has also chosen one of the songs from All In: The Poker Musical to debut during the Main Event of the 2008 WSOP. "All In: The Poker Musical really captures what the WSOP brand stands for and reminds us all that anyone can win and anyone can win on poker's greatest stage," said Pollack.

All In: The Poker Musical the world's first poker musical. "Our show embraces the spirit of this great city and mixes it with the fun and passion of poker, music, and dance," added Molyneux.

Tickets to "All In, The Poker Musical Concert" start at $29.95 and can be purchased at the Rio Box Office or by calling 702/777-7776 or visit www.riolasvegas.com or www.pokermusical.com


 
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