LAS VEGAS — Robert Goulet has pulled the plug on a summer stint at the Venetian hotel-casino, saying he can't afford the $15,000 nightly showroom rental.
"I am angered and I am saddened," Goulet said Thursday. "I was hoping to be there for about three or four years. I enjoyed myself. I never sang better in my life."
Goulet ended the show after Monday's performance, four weeks into a nine-week run. The showroom withheld box-office receipts on Tuesday.
Rogo & Rove, the company headed by the singer and his business-manager wife, Vera, was dealing with an overhead of $200,000 a week. Goulet said the company would have broken even with 50% attendance.
But attendance averages were only in the 30% to 40% range, he said. Ticket prices ranged from $50 to $75.
"We came at the wrong time of the year," Goulet said, adding that audiences would have been better in September, during the city's convention season.