The Queen of Las Vegas shows is pressing pause. Celine Dion was supposed to perform the opening show for her upcoming Resorts World residency next week, but that won’t be happening now. The 53-year-old singer is citing medical reasons for why the curtain won’t be rising on her first show as expected. CELEB takes a look at the announcement and what it means for the future of her RW residency.
It’s with a heavy heart that Dion has announced a need to cancel her upcoming shows. According to her team, Dion has been experiencing severe muscle spasms that have prevented her from participating in rehearsals and make it impossible to keep up the demanding performances she had planned. The singer’s medical team is working continuously to find answers and relief for the award-winning artist, but it won’t be in time to bring her show to life in the brand new Resorts World Theater.
Per Business Insider, Dion is devastated; “‘I’m heartbroken by this,’ said Celine. ‘My team and I have been working on our new show for the past eight months, and to not be able to open this November saddens me beyond words. My partners at Resorts World Las Vegas and AEG have been working around the clock to get this brand-new state-of-the-art theatre ready, and it’s absolutely beautiful. I feel so bad that I’m letting them down, and I’m especially sorry for disappointing all the fans who’ve been making their plans to come to Las Vegas. Now, I have to focus on getting better… I want to get through this as soon as I can.”
It’s certainly not the news the Resorts World team hoped for in the face of their first Autumn and Winter season since opening in June, but in classic RW fashion, they’re far more concerned about Dion’s wellbeing than the bottom line. Business Insider shares the words of Scott Sibella, president of Resorts World Las Vegas: “If there’s anything these trying times have taught us, it’s that nothing is more important than your wellbeing. While we are eager to debut the theatre, we support Celine in what we know was an incredibly difficult decision to delay her shows. On behalf of the entire Resorts World Las Vegas family, we wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming her to her new home when she feels ready and able to perform again.”
And what Sibella says is true, it was a difficult decision for Dion who has a history of pushing through challenges to continue performing on stage. An accomplished artist with a grab bag of awards and honors under her belt, Dion was born March 30, 1968, in Charlemagne, Québec. Dion was baby number 14 in a house so full of children that her mom had to lay baby Celine to sleep in a drawer, a not-uncommon practice for large families back in the day.
Dion’s entire family shared a passion for music, and it was no surprise when little Celine wrote her first song at age 12. Dion’s mom sent a cassette of that song to none other than René Angélil, an accomplished music manager. Together, Angélil and Dion launched a career that would span decades – and counting – and rack up awards and accolades by the dozens. In 1993, Dion shared with fans that she and Angélil were in love, and they later married. Controversy surrounded their relationship since Angélil was 26 years her senior and met her when she was just 12 – but their marriage endured until his death in 2016 at the age of 73. They had one child together in 2001.
Dion wracked up over her storied career multiple awards. Per Cision via Yahoo!, “With more than 250 million albums sold around the world, Celine is one of the most immediately recognized, widely respected and successful performers in pop music history. She has earned five Grammy Awards, two Academy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 20 JUNO Awards and an astonishing 40 Félix Awards. She remains one of the most sought-after recording artists, receiving the Diamond award at the 2004 World Music Awards recognizing her status as the best-selling female artist of all time. In 2016 the Billboard Music Awards presented her with the lifetime achievement Icon Award. Known for revitalizing the modern-day Las Vegas residency, Celine remains the #1 and #2 highest grossing and best-selling Las Vegas residencies of all time.”
Dion is a known professional who pushes through illness and grief to not only perform but stay on top, so canceling these shows was not done lightly.
What’s Next for the Vegas Residency?
But what does this mean for fans who have been clutching their tickets and eagerly awaiting the launch of her newest Vegas residency? Refunds. Tickets purchased electronically should be refunded within 30 days. Tickets purchased through non-authorized vendors need to contact those for information on refunds. Ticket holders are responsible for travel and hotel costs.
For now, all of the RWLV show dates are canceled including November 5 to 20, 2021 and January 19 to February 5, 2022. The world tour of “Courage World Tour” is currently expected to move forward as scheduled starting March 9, 2022. Current ticket holders for the Resorts World shows will get pre sale access once new dates are announced.
And it is expected that new dates will be announced. Dion is nothing if not a professional and a performer, and she will be eager to get back out there as soon as her body relents. We at CELEB are sending our best wishes for a speedy recovery.