Beau Rivage bouncing back

The Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, MS, was hard-hit by Hurricane Katrina. Today, the complex wrapped up its $550 million comeback by opening the Beau Rivage Theatre.

The theater features a 1,550-seat showroom with a $3 million sound and lighting system.

Beau Rivage reopened in late August, overhauled after the hurricane with new interior design, 1,740 guest rooms and suites, a redesigned casino, 11 restaurants, four bars, 12 retail venues, a spa and salon, a convention center and a golf course.

"We are proud to be part of the resurgence of Gulf Coast tourism and to bring some of the biggest names in their respective fields to Beau Rivage," president George Corchis said in a statement.

The resort's newest show production is "Imaginaya," Russian for "imagine," which will run from Feb. 2 through June 3. It was created by Russian choreographer Alla Duhova and includes performances by Todes, the Russian circus and dance company.

The Beau Rivage Theatre has scheduled for 2007 the Four Tops & The Temptations (Dec. 29), Little Richard (Dec. 31), Bryan Adams (Jan. 5), Willie Nelson (Feb. 8), Howie Mandel (Feb. 16), Blue Man Group (Feb. 17), Julio Iglesias (Feb. 22 and 23), Gladys Knight (March 2), Wayne Newton (March 9), Kenny Rogers (March 16), Paul Anka (March 23), Lord Of The Dance (April 13, 14, 15), The Beach Boys (May 26 and 27) and Ron White (June 1).

Its main restaurant is OLiVES, created by chef Todd English, a two-time James Beard Award winner and Bon Appetit magazine "Restaurateur of the Year." It debuted earlier this month.

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