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Dion Prepares for Las Vegas Show

October 22, 2002

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LA LOUVIERE, Belgium (AP) _ ``A New Day″ will be the theme and title of Celine Dion’s new show, set to debut March 25 at the new 4,000-seat Colosseum theater at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

``It will be the beginning of a new adventure, of something incredible,″ Dion said at rehearsals Monday. ``I can’t wait until the curtains rise. ... I’m so excited.″

Producer-creator Franco Dragone said the show would include song, dance, theater and special effects _ even clowns.

``The story will be Celine,″ he said. ``Our tableau will be built around her.″

The show’s cast of 60 dancers and performers have been secretly rehearsing since June at a makeshift studio in the mining town of La Louviere, Dragone’s hometown, located 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Brussels.

Dragone directed both of Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas productions, ``O″ and ``Mystere.″

After taking a two-year break to have a baby, Dion, 34, is planning 200 shows a year for three years in Las Vegas.

Dion said she is in full training to ready herself for the show. Although she’ll miss touring, the Canadian-born singer said she’ll have more time with her family.

``I’m having the best time of my life right now, it is really amazing,″ she said.

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On the Net:

Caesars Palace Web site: http://www.caesars.com

Celine Dion Web site: http://www.celinedion.com

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