Liberace Garage to Debut April 7 in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (April 2016) - This Thursday, April 7, The Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts will unveil a brand new museum that will showcase legendary automobiles from his stage acts. The museum will be located inside the Hollywood Cars Museum.
The new experience will feature the 1961 Rolls Royce Phantom V limousine, which was used for his acts at the Las Vegas Hilton and shown in the award-winning HBO movie, "Behind the Candelabra" as well as the Crystal Roadster which he rode onto Radio City Music Hall's stage. The London taxi he used to pick up friends at the Palms Springs Airport and his 1956 Rolls Royce Convertible which he would fly out of during performances is also featured.
In addition to the vehicles, additional photos and artifacts from Liberace's homes will also be on display.
The event on April 7 takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include Champagne, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and live entertainment. Pricing begins at $50. Proceeds will benefit The Foundation, which has provided more than $6 million in scholarships in the creative and performing arts since 1981. Tickets can be bought online here -
Liberace Garage will officially open to the public on Friday, April 8 starting at 10 a.m. The new museum will be located at The Hollywood Cars Museum at 5115 Dean Martin Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89118. Hollywood Cars Museum is open seven days per week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Real Estate Developer and Car Collector Michael Dezer and The Liberace Foundation worked together to make this new 5,000-square foot space a reality which will also include event space.
According to Jonathan Warren, chairman, Liberace Foundation for the Creative and Performing Arts, the idea for the Liberace Garage at the Hollywood Cars Museum grew out of the success of an exhibit of the entertainer's famous costumes and cars at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in 2014. Due to overwhelming public demand, the expected 6-week run of "Too Much of a Good Thing Is Wonderful" was held over for nine months.
"In recent years Liberace's iconic place in American culture has been etched in stone with an explosion of recognition of his influence on showmanship, fashion, music and more. This is an artist to whom tribute is paid by hundreds of other artists who mention him in their lyrics, from the Cordettes in 1955 to Lady Gaga. He is the only person recognized by the Library of Congress as being a cultural influence on Las Vegas, a city he came to define. We are fortunate he had the vision to preserve his stagecraft and lifestyle assets for us to share with the world, for the benefit of students in the performing and creative arts," concludes Warren.