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Newton mulls retirement

October 30, 2009|Associated Press

Wayne Newton is telling fans "Danke schoen" after 50 years in Las Vegas and hinting that his latest run could be his last. But the singer synonymous with Sin City says he's leaving himself an opening in case he wants to perform after April.

The man known throughout the world as "Mr. Las Vegas" says retirement is possible, but that decision won't hinge on the success of his new show that opened Wednesday night at the Tropicana Las Vegas hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Instead, he says, it depends on whether his itch to keep working conflicts with his desire to spend more time with his 7-year-old daughter.

"I'm enjoying my second daughter in a way that I didn't get a chance to do the first time around," said Newton, 67. "The decision that I make, whether or not to perform or retire, will pretty much be based on that."

The Tropicana show, "Once Before I Go," is presented as a live memoir of Newton's life and career.

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