The link between the Monte Carlo and The Park, the adjacent, under construction pedestrian dining and entertainment district, is about to become stronger with the reveal of a major new addition to the Las Vegas entertainment scene.
The resort's existing Blue Man Group theater will be completely demolished to make way for the MCR Concert Hall, creating a 5,300-seat concert hall, a major improvement over the present 1,200 seating capacity.
The new concert hall includes 106,933 square feet of new public areas, including a three-level "public lobby space." While a new pedestrian plaza is on the way, landscaped with decorative lighting and similar stone features now found at the front of Monte Carlo, there are no direct entrances into the hall from The Park. The theater is considered a resort-focused asset.
The new concert hall exterior will feature stone, metal panels and a "glass lobby curtain wall." Marnell Architecture, who also designed The Park, are working to create a seamless integration.
The dramatic makeover makes the venue visually and structurally an instant booking rival to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which hosts an estimated capacity of 4,296 guests. At the Monte Carlo, 74,417 square feet of back-of-house space will be created, enough to help accommodate possible residency acts.
The demolition necessitates the removal of "certain" retail areas, which would include the Blue Man Group souvenir store. While not mentioned by name, the closest venture in the way of the new concert hall is the minus5° Ice Bar. Diablo's Cantina, once scheduled for a new outdoor patio facing The Park, appears to be safe from any of the changes.
For Blue Man Group troupe itself, John Katsilometes reports they will soon move to the Luxor to replace the dance troupe Jabbawockeez, who move over to the MGM Grand and will perform inside the Beacher’s Madhouse theater. No official confirmation of these theatrical switcheroos has been announced.
Future guests leaving the MCR Concert Hall will be encouraged to head out onto The Park's promenade, leading to new wave of new dining options set to arrive next year. Confirmed to be on the way, Orange County sandwich shop Bruxie, sushi and sake from Sake Rok, Beer Garden, the Robert Mondavi Jr. Wine Experience, Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row and Philadelphia-based Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, all expected to open in 2016. Virgil’s Real Barbecue is also rumored for the site.
The theater demolition is expected to begin this summer. None of the up-to-date paperwork suggests a possible, but much rumored, new name change for the Monte Carlo.