- The Washington Times - Monday, December 5, 2016

The MGM National Harbor casino and resort is set to open this week on the capital’s doorstep, and Sarah O. Moore, the property’s executive director of brand marketing and retail, could not be more thrilled about the A-list acts that will perform in its intimate, 3,000-seat theater.

“We are an entertainment company — it’s at the core of who we are and our brand,” Ms. Moore told The Washington Times following a press tour of the facility, to be opened to the public Thursday. “With The Theater at MGM National Harbor, we really focus on bringing something to the market you can’t find anywhere else.”

The Philadelphia-based R&B group Boyz II Men is set to break in the new venue on Dec. 15, with contemporary favorites Bruno Mars and the Impractical Jokers headlining there in the final weeks of 2016.

“Guests are used to seeing them at large-scale arenas, and here they’re going to see them in a really intimate, state-of-the art environment,” Ms. Moore said.

In addition to its theater venue and guest rooms, MGM National Harbor will feature a gaming floor, several restaurants and retail outlets such as SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker, at which the “Sex and the City” alumna will sell her own line of clothing — and, of course, shoes.

Legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan, who recently won a Nobel Prize for his contributions to literature, has an artwork on display on the ground floor at MGM called “Portal,” a steel gate inlaid with various designs, including a crab to symbolize one of Maryland’s staple foods.

Superstar Cher, who is undertaking a residency at MGM properties, will give at least a dozen performances at National Harbor in 2017.

“I’m obsessed with Cher, and for her to return and do it exclusively with MGM Resorts is really special,” Ms. Moore enthused.

MGM also operates properties in Las Vegas, Atlantic City as well as worldwide destinations such as China. The $1.4-billion MGM National Harbor will be the first such property of its kind on the eastern seaboard.

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