Saturday, December 4, 2021 – 2:00 PM Matinee

Donato Cabrera, conductor
Keith Thompson, host
Travis Cloer, vocals
Vita Corimbi, vocals
Clint Holmes, vocals
Michelle Johnson, vocals

The season will shine merry and bright when the talented performers from Very Vegas Showcase hosted by Keith Thompson, return to sing classic seasonal favorites and local originals with our symphony orchestra in a holiday spectacular like no other!

*Currently, this performance is available as an add-on purchase with the Full 5-Concert Series subscription package.  Subscriptions go on sale starting Wednesday, June 9, 2021.  Single tickets to this concert will go on sale Tuesday, September 7, 2021.*

To place your subscription order, call Patron Services at 702.462.2008 or select the orange button above to purchase this concert with your subscription online through The Smith Center’s online ticketing system.  Thank you!

Getting Here

The Smith Center

361 Symphony Park Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89106

361 Symphony Park Avenue

361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89106, USA

Composer Keith Thompson has had a prestigious musical career and his work has received critical acclaim. Keith’s most recent list of professional credits include musical director and conductor for the Las Vegas companies of Jersey Boys at the Palazzo, The Producers at the Paris, Hairspray at the Luxor and for the North American premier of the hit musical, We Will Rock You, which also ran at the Paris, Las Vegas.

As conductor and musical director for the first national tours of Mamma Mia! and Cabaret, Keith directed stars such as Teri Hatcher, Lea Thompson, and Tony Award Winner, Norbert Leo Butz in lead roles. He also supervised the music for the Australian production of Cabaret in Sydney and won the 2000 Dora Award as musical director of Cabaret in Toronto. Other national tours Keith has conducted include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with Donny Osmond; Peter Pan, with Cathy Rigby; Jesus Christ Superstar, with Carl Anderson and Ted Neeley; and concert tours for Sarah Brightman and Jenifer Lewis. In addition, his New York credits include Les Miserables, When Pigs Fly, and Little Shop of Horrors.

Keith’s original comedy/novelty song revue, Kooky Tunes, has received international critical and popular praise. This revue completed a successful extended engagement at New York’s Laurie Beechman Theater, followed by and Australian tour, and the release of the 2002 cast recording, currently available on www.Amazon.com. Keith also composed White Lies, Douglas Carter Beane’s Off-Broadway revue spoofing the tabloid media, as well as dozens of other award-winning songs.

Keith was vocal director and arranger for RoundHouse, a Television series aired on the Nickelodeon Network.  Keith was also Adjunct Professor in the Musical Theater program at NYU where he conducted, arranged and supervised music for dozens of shows.  God Lives in Glass, Keith’s newest original show, premiered at NYU’s Provincetown Playhouse in Greenwich Village and has been presented regionally and in concert nationwide. He is excited to be co-composer with long-time collaborator, Buddy Sheffield, for the new comedy musical, IDAHO!, which will premiere at the New York Musical Theater Festival in New York City on September 25th, 2008.

With a voice that is strong & powerful, yet clean & nuanced, Travis Cloer is a remarkable talent.

From classical to Jazz, musical theatre to rock-n-roll, & everything in between, there isn’t a genre of music that can escape his masterful ability to grab a song & make it his very own.

Growing up the son of a music minister, Travis has music in his blood. His ability to deliver a song & touch a listener’s heart is unmatched.

A Kansas native, Travis studied music & theatre at Kansas State University.  He then went on to play iconic roles like “Tony” in West Side Story, “Joe Hardy” in Damn Yankees, & “Rusty” in Starlight Express.

He joined the Original Broadway Cast of the TONY & GRAMMY winning JERSEY BOYS  & set a record as the longest running actor to play “Frankie Valli” in the show’s history WORLD  WIDE, with over 2200 performances! His portrayal earned him several BEST ACTOR nominations from BroadwayWorld.com & much acclaim & respect in Las Vegas & on Broadway. 944 Magazine called his performance “riveting & transformative!”

As a solo artist, he has released 3 albums & toured the world, leaving audiences on their feet with his highly energetic & infectious live concerts. He has performed with the symphonies of Salt Lake City, Buffalo, & Las Vegas, as well with the world famous Radio City Rockettes.

Whatever the setting, one thing is for sure…

You will be blown away by Travis Cloer.  His voice, charisma,& ability to command a crowd are unparalleled.

BROADWAY STAR. RECORDING ARTIST. UNPARALLELED ENTERTAINER.

Like a painter with a blank canvas, he makes every performance an original. His powerful voice and magnetic stage presence embrace the upbeat side of life. When Clint is on stage, anything can happen, and usually does.

He is a consummate entertainer, writer, performer, recording artist, and one of the country’s finest vocalists. Whether he is singing selections from contemporary classics or stirring, original pieces, every performance is a one-of-a-kind, mesmerizing, and unforgettable experience.

The son of an African-American jazz musician and a classically-trained British opera singer, Clint was raised with the best of two musical worlds.  His 40-plus year career has taken him from the top of the charts, to concert halls, on TV screens, and cemented his legacy as a veritable Las Vegas institution.

His big break came in 1972 when he released “Playground In My Mind,” a song that stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 23 weeks. In addition to hosting his own Emmy Award-winning talk/variety show, Clint was a musical feature and event correspondent for Entertainment Tonight, and served as Joan Rivers’ sidekick and announcer on FOX’s The Late Show.

Throughout his 40+ year career, Clint has received many accolades—most recognizably, he received the highest honor of a GRAMMY® nomination for his album, Rendezvous. Produced by eight-time Grammy Award-winner Gregg Field, the sophisticated album offers a diverse playlist that reinterprets modern day and classic pop hits, Jazz, soulful R&B, theatrical tunes, and numbers culled from the Great American Songbook.

As a favorite Las Vegas performer, Clint headlined at his “Clint Holmes Theater” at Harrah’s (performances from the Clint Holmes Theater aired on PBS and a DVD was released in 2001) from 2000 to 2006. From 2012 through 2017, Holmes served as the Artist-In-Residence for Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, performing to sell-out crowds each month. His show, Between the Lines, was featured at the Palazzo Theater in 2016 and 2017. SOUNDTRACK: Your Songs. Our Stories. The Show. combined Clint’s talents with Las Vegas Male Vocalist of the Year Earl Turner at the Westgate in 2018. Clint’s Las Vegas awards include “Casino Entertainer of the Year,” six time “Best Male Singer” from the Las Vegas Review Journal, “Best Singer” (two years in a row) from Broadway.com in both NYC and Las Vegas, “Best All-Around Las Vegas Performer,” and “Favorite Male Las Vegan.”

In addition to Las Vegas, Clint regularly performs around the United States.  New York City has become almost a second home, where he won two Broadway World Awards with Billy Stritch and Christian Tamburr for a show he co-wrote and co-starred in, Straighten Up and Fly Right… A Nat King Cole Tribute. He won the 2013 Bistro Award (NYC) for “Best Male Singer” for his performance in Stop this Train (a show which he also co-wrote) and was directed by Larry Moss. He continues to tour with the Georgia On My Mind Tour, along with Take 6, Nnenna Freelon, Kirk Whalum, and Tom Scott featuring the music of Ray Charles.

As an accomplished musician, lyricist, and author, Clint wrote the book and lyrics to Comfortable Shoes, which was produced at the Paper Mill Playhouse (New Jersey) in 1996 and The Royal George Theater (Chicago) in 2002. He also wrote the book and lyrics for Just Another Man (JAM) produced at The Judy Bailey Theater (UNLV) and My Own Song produced at Flat Rock Theater (North Carolina). Clint also wrote the title song to the movie, Who Will Stand?

Currently, Clint is working on a one-man theater piece called, If Not Now When, and as a lyricist on Frank Wildhorn’s new musical, La Ronde.

Perhaps what has endeared Holmes to the people of Las Vegas as much as his music is his never-ending spirit of graciousness. He has become involved with several worthwhile causes in the community such as JDRF, Candlelighters, ROB Reachout, Shadetree, St. Jude’s, and various cultural events. Following a brief battle with cancer, he has also served as a spokesman for the American Cancer Society. Clint serves on the Board of Director of Jazz Outreach Initiative, which provides mentorship to aspiring, young musicians in the Las Vegas Area.

In December 2005, the Clint Holmes Foundation for the Performing Arts launched to benefit children in art and music programs throughout Las Vegas.

Michelle Johnson is a contemporary jazz-influenced singer-songwriter based in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she is known as “The First Lady of Jazz.”  After years of singing backups for many musical legends, she is currently recording her first solo album. The music video for her latest single, “I’m All In” has over 24,000 views since its release in the fall of 2019.

Michelle is a multilingual international vocalist whose versatility, affinity for languages, unique voice and impressive range have made her a hot commodity in the music business. She grew up primarily in Cairo, Egypt and then attended and graduated from Yale University. Her original path to Harvard Law School diverged onto a different route when her passion for the entertainment industry eventually won out. She has performed on Broadway and shared a stage with or recorded with several artists including Paul McCartney, Gladys Knight, Barbara Streisand, Elton John, Sheena Easton, Slash, Paul Rogers, Rosanne Cash, Neal Schon (of Journey) and PM Dawn. She has also worked with David Foster, Josh Groban, Spyro Gyra, Wynonna, Vince Gill, and Cher.

The versatile vocalist also performs regularly in sold out, self-produced shows at the Smith Center’s Myron’s Cabaret Jazz in Las Vegas, and sings everything from jazz and R&B to classic rock and opera. She has performed on Broadway, and has been seen on several major television networks in the USA and overseas.

She also produces entertainment for major corporations and continues to contract choirs, singers, and musicians for headliners like Barbara Streisand, Rosanne Cash, the Righteous Brothers and several other celebrities. She has appeared on Jay Leno and the Tonight Show, the Arsenio Hall Show, Soul Train, and many shows in Asia and Europe, and was contracted as the vocal arranger/soloist opposite Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, and Robin Williams in HBO’s “Comic Relief.” Michelle performed with Sugarland at the AMC Awards on CBS.

Her unique talents as both an entertainer and producer take her across the country and the globe several times a year via her production company, Diva Las Vegas Productions. Clients include Mercedes,Toyota, IBM, AT&T, Bayer, HBO, MTV, the NBA, and countless recording artists.

You can also hear her signature sound on numerous television and radio jingles. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she is now a Las Vegas resident and is the voice of the Las Vegas “UNLV Tickets” jingle among other popular spots. The gospel choir she founded was handpicked to perform with Barbara Streisand at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and has appeared with countless celebrities under Michelle’s direction.

Michelle is the recipient of the National Association of Women Business Owners “Woman of Distinction” Award for her contributions in entertainment, and she is also the 2020 Las Vegas Black Music Awards recipient of the Lena Horne Award for Musical Excellence.

In addition to live performing, directing and event producing, Michelle is also a writer and a coauthor of the inspirational book “Power of the Platform” and is currently in the process of writing a book about the music industry. Her passion is uplifting people through the power of music, and she hopes to create a non-profit music therapy foundation to help at risk youth and survivors of trauma and abuse. She also mentors female entrepreneurs and empowers women through her music and advocacy work.