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Hello America: press release


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Series 3: Shows -- Subseries 3.3 United States -- Las Vegas and Reno

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ent000693. Donn Arden Papers, 1910s-1990s. MS-00425. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.


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From? BILL WATTERS & ASSOCIATES 1271 St* Ives Place Los Angeles 69* California ER. 2-01^8 One of the most elaborate shows in the history of Las Vegas, the Frank Sennes presentation of Donn Ardenfs "Hello America," has been set for a gala opening in the new Crystal Room of the Desert Inn on Tuesday evening, Sept* 29, The all-American stage extravaganza, conceived, staged and directed by Arden, one of America's foremost entrepreneurs, includes a company of 125* believed to be one of the largest ever assembled for a Las Vegas production* Cost of the show is estimated at $550,000, with scenic designs by Harvey Warren, costumes by Bill Campbell, executed by Mme. Berte1 of New York and Bermanfs of Hollywood; original music and arrangements by Jim Harbert, and lyrics by Lenny Adelson* The stage facilities in the Crystal Room, including three elevators and eight side revolving stages, will be utilized in their entirety for the first time for the new offering* Two million dollars was expended a few months ago to make it one of Las Vegas1 most elaborate theatre-restaurants* Rehearsals begin today (Monday, Aug, 3D under Arden's direction*