By Emmy Kasten | @EmmyKasten
[Photo by Krystal Ramirez]
Longtime Las Vegas scene queen Sophia Song is no stranger to velvet ropes and VIPs. Since landing here in 1991, she has witnessed the city’s evolution from a campy gambling destination to a world-renowned entertainment hotspot.
Her past jobs at Spago, Saks Fifth Avenue and Monster Products associated Song with a glamorous lifestyle filled with high-profile people, luxury goods and elaborate parties.
The Mosaic in the Making
After promoting events at venues throughout the Valley alongside her longtime boyfriend Dean Coleman, it was only a matter of time that the duo would create a posh atmosphere of their own. On Feb. 28, 2020, they opened The Mosaic on The Strip.
“The Mosaic on The Strip is the very last of its kind—the only standalone theater on The Las Vegas Strip,” says Song of the venue that was formerly known as The Metz, Utopia, Empire Ballroom and Tommy Wind Theater.
“The history contained in those walls is unbelievable. You can feel it when you walk through the doors, and, as you enter the main showroom, the spirits of Las Vegas’ past come to life.”
The couple had grand plans to “create the biggest, smallest theater in Las Vegas,” but like many businesses in Las Vegas and around the country, their momentum was halted by the pandemic. Two weeks after their opening, they were mandated to close their doors on March 16, 2020.
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Bringing on the Aussie Heat
At the first safe chance to reopen their doors, they did. The Mosaic came back with a vengeance on Oct. 3 with the interactive male revue Aussie Heat, and they rolled out their full lineup of other acts a few days after that.
The venue was the first fully operating theater to open on The Strip after state and local restrictions began to ease. Of course, Song was motivated by her desire to succeed, but the bigger impetus was to care for the entertainers and crew who shared their vision.
Coming Together for the Community
“It was very important to reopen and keep the entertainment going in Las Vegas for one simple reason: Most of the entertainers and crew members that worked for us or other theaters didn’t have any money and/or resources to buy the simplest of things for their family,” Song says.
“It saddened me so much because so many people were almost homeless with nothing to eat and no way to pay their rent.”
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Song’s big heart is also evident in her desire to help the community. In recent months, the theater has sponsored events to benefit local heroes and first responders. “My parents taught me to work hard for what I want and to be a good person,” she says.
As the determined leader pushes to re-establish The Mosaic’s footing during these challenging times, Song looks forward to regaining a sense of normalcy. Her current mantra? “I will figure it out,” she says. “Every problem has a solution.”
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