Anyone hearing the crowd inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas cheering and singing along when “Simply the Best” was blasted over the speakers on Saturday night would understandably be convinced that superstar Tina Turner was putting on a concert.
So, they would probably be surprised to learn that the stars the audience was waiting for were the cast members of “Schitt’s Creek,” the beloved Emmy-nominated Pop TV series. “Simply the Best” had special significance for viewers because of its unexpected – and tear-inducing – appearances in cherished scenes. And, because for fans, it sums up the show.
For those who haven’t discovered the must-see show yet, it’s about the once uber-wealthy Rose family, who suddenly find themselves broke and homeless. They’re forced to live in a motel in Schitt’s Creek, a small town they once bought as a joke. It’s the first Canadian comedy series to be nominated for a Critics’ Choice Television Award and the first to win an MTV Movie and TV Award.
The show is laugh-out-loud funny, and, over its five seasons (its final season premieres in January), the quirky characters have been so well-developed, they feel like family.
Fans – many dressed up like Moira or Stevie – flew in to Las Vegas from all over the country for “Schitt’s Creek” Up Close and Personal, an intimate evening with Eugene Levy, Dan Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy, Emily Hampshire and Noah Reid all sharing personal stories and a behind-the-scenes look at the hilarious yet somehow heartwarming show.
“Schitt’s Creek” creators, Dan and Eugene Levy, were greeted with a standing ovation as they took to the stage to welcome the sold-out crowd. Eugene jokingly commented on Dan’s love of Las Vegas’ Golden Knights, to which his son deadpanned, in typical David fashion, “I don’t know what that is.”
Each cast member was welcomed to the stage with a standing ovation and a yard-long Fat Tuesday boozy slushy, which they turned to whenever the conversation went in an embarrassing direction.
Audience members were invited to submit questions for the cast, and Dan said they were the best they had seen on the Up Close and Personal tour.
Some of the most enlightening answers revealed that Moira’s accent represented “oral memoirs of her trips, bestowed on the less traveled,” Murphy originally auditioned for the role of Stevie and that she developed Alexis’ signature wrist flip by watching the Kardashians holding their handbags on their wrists and wondering what that would look like without the actual bags. Murphy also described her character’s style “like the laziest way of speaking. You just stop caring.” As the audience roared with laughter, Dan scolded, “Oh, great. You are applauding horrendous, horrendous millennial behavior.”
Eugene reminisced about Patrick serenading David with “Simply the Best,” saying, “It was the most emotional scene of the series, and I can’t help thinking how much more emotional it would have been if Johnny was there.”
Reid actually performed his gorgeous acoustic version of the song, which the gay couple sitting next to me told the crowd they had used at their recent wedding.
He also performed “A Little Bit Alexis,” accompanied by an impromptu interpretative dance by Murphy, which had fans rolling.
The cast treated the audience to a highlight reel of hilarious outtakes, and videos of the creative ways fans have embraced the show’s unofficial tagline, “Ew, David,” featuring it on everything from tattoos to license plates to birthday cakes.
After the show, fans lined up to buy Rose Apothecary tote bags and “Ew, David” t-shirts, and the cast went for a late dinner at STK, a modern steakhouse in The Cosmopolitan. (Wait! Why didn’t they visit the more appropriately-named Rose. Rabbit. Lie?!)
“’Schitt’s Creek’ Up Close and Personal was a small milestone as it was our first time hosting a show in a panel-format at The Chelsea,” said Fedor Banuchi, Vice President of Entertainment at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. “It is a new style of entertainment for us, and it is an especially unique genre for the Las Vegas Strip. We were pleased to see how well the audience received it, and we look forward to presenting a similar experience with LETTERKENNY LIVE! in April 2020.”