On March 10, 2012, stars of Broadway joined some of the biggest names in entertainment at a black-tie gala for the Opening Night of the new Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas. Highlights from the event were taped for a PBS special entitled FROM DUST TO DREAMS: Opening Night at the Smith Center for Performing Arts, which will air tonight, September 21 on PBS.
Joked the show's host Neil Patrick Harris, "Making a new performing arts center rise from the desert is more complicated than a Wynn whim." He also mused about the new buiding's name observing, "Smith just happens to be the name that appears on 68 percent of the registries in Las Vegas hotels."
George Stevens Jr. and Michael Stevens produced the evening with Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford choreographing and directing. Along with Harris, the night featured performances by Broadway stars Brian Stokes Mitchell, Cheyenne Jackson and Savion Glover. The evening also included a number from Twyla Tharpe's "Sinatra Dance with Me." The show concluded with superstar Jennifer Hudson singing, "Take care of this house, be always on call, for this house is the home of us all," from the musical "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue."
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Photo credit: Walter McBride