Harry Connick Jr., musician, actor, composer, and television host, is back on the Las Vegas Strip this week to debut his latest show at the Wynn Las Vegas. The last time Connick played on the Strip was the fall of 2017 at Encore Theater. His new show, which will be a more intimate-style mini-tour set, will tie in his popular jazz-pop hits as well as his favorite hits by the late, legendary Cole Porter.
The show will be the shortened version of Connick’s Broadway series, which debuted last December, but will be distinguishable from his Broadway series. The series was made to compliment his newest recording, “True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter.”
“It’s a pretty short tour but I really wanted to do a tour like this, an intimate show with only seven or eight musicians playing a lot of Cole Porter but a lot of songs from different albums I’ve done over the years, too,” Connick says. “It’s a very different show from what I did on Broadway and that show is going to be touring the world in the fall. This is a much more nimble show. It doesn’t have those giant sets and all that choreography. It’s a different kind of thing, very spur of the moment.”
Connick’s new show starts Feb. 26 at Wynn Las Vegas. In March, the mini-tour will move over to Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The goal is to expand the intimate set to a larger, full-scale version in the fall. For the expanded version, Connick wants to get a 25-piece orchestra on board, if it works in conjunction with the Broadway performances.
Connick expresses hopes that his full-scale version will also make it onto the Las Vegas Strip.
When asked about his deep appreciation for Cole Porter, Connick gave this account:
“When I was really young, there were a lot of songs he wrote that I knew and [played] but I didn’t know they were Cole Porter songs. It wasn’t until later that I started to realize he was the guy and to understand him in a different way. He’s been in my life a long time.”
More Shows at Wynn
- Le Rêve – The Dream
- SiriusXM Presents Dwight Yoakam: March 4, 6 & 7 at 8 p.m.
- Lionel Richie: A Legend in Las Vegas: March 11, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m.
- Robbie Williams: Live in Las Vegas: March 24 through April 4, 2020.
- Diana Ross: An Extraordinary Evening: April 8-18, 2020.
- Bryan Adams: April 22, 24, and 25, 2020.
- An Evening with Lea Salonga: May 3 and 4.
- Jo Koy: Just Kidding World Tour: May 8, 9, 29, 30 and 31 at 8 p.m.
- Sebastian Maniscalco: May 23 & 24 at 7:30 and 10 p.m.
- Russell Peters: Two back-to-back performances on June 6, 2020.
- Jim Gaffigan: “The Pale Tourist”: June 13 at 7:30 and 10 p.m.
- Trevor Noah: Loud & Clear: July 24 and 25.
- John Fogerty: My 50 Year Trip: November 4 through 21, 2020 at 8 p.m.