ShowStoppers director Philip Wm. McKinley shares three of his favorite moments throughout Wynn and Encore.
1. Red 8
"During previews and rehearsals, the creative team would often go for working dinners, and Red 8 is great for a business meeting. Sitting and sharing with people is a great communal feeling. Red 8 doesn’t take reservations, but there’s a small room that’s curtained off at the side of the restaurant, and we'd often request this cozy nook. We’d order two or three appetizers and entrées to share—they have such great spring rolls and steamed dumplings. I enjoy the simpleness of the pan-Asian food without a lot of sauces. I love their chicken with cashews, and General Tso's chicken is also a favorite. After a long rehearsal day, I’d order some coconut ice cream for a perfect late-night treat."
2. Guest Rooms
"When I'm at the resort to work on the show, I often stay for long stretches—my longest was six weeks. I usually stay in the Tower suites, which are lovely, and all the rooms are spacious and open, with beautiful views, whether strip side or golf course side. They're some of the largest rooms in Las Vegas and laid out beautifully. after a long day of rehearsal, I long to sit in a hot, deep bath; the waterfall faucets make you feel like you're in your own private spa. Before i arrived, i’d been having back problems, waking up every hour in the night. every room at the resorts has an amazing, firm, pillow-top 'Dream Bed.' I slept better than ever before in my life—so I bought two for my home! Now, whether i'm home or at Wynn, i'm sleeping on a Dream Bed."
3. Lake of Dreams
"After working all day inside, it's so nice to sit outside, and it's always a complete evening dining experience if you sit out on the patio, enjoy a meal, and take in the shows that happen on the Lake of Dreams. Conceived and created by Mr. Wynn himself, the shows have been designed by some big names—Michael Curry, Kenny Ortega, and Patrick Woodruffe among them. They're mini-productions, with the lights, music, and stunning imagery. The dancing orbs are just delightful. What’s wonderful for the people dining is the fact that the shows are only a few minutes long and they’re not intrusive—they don't take over your conversation. It's unique entertainment you won’t find anywhere else."