The legendary entertainer is returning to Las Vegas after more than five years away

By Julie Jordan
Updated March 30, 2016 03:00 PM
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After more than five years away, entertainer Wayne Newton is returning to the Las Vegas stage with his all-new and original production, Wayne Newton Up Close and Personal.

“Even though I took time off, I’ve still been doing shows other places and people kept asking questions about Vegas and other performers,” Newton, 73, exclusively tells PEOPLE. “So we thought it might be fun to do a retrospective.”

The spectacle will showcase fan favorites – including his signature hit “Danke Schoen” – and allow the entertainer, dubbed Mr. Las Vegas, to intimately interact with the crowd.

“The people are kind of right in my lap and I’m in theirs,” Newton says of the show, laughing. “It could be more fun than I’m giving it credit for!”

Known for being the target of undergarment-slinging fans at his concerts, Newton says he still appreciates the gesture.

“They do still send personal things on stage for me,” he adds. “But the truth of the matter is that I have more fun with that than I take personally.”

Newton – who was briefly sidelined in 2007 after a recurrence of cardiomyopathy – says the question he’s most asked is whether he tires of putting on a show.

“And I really don’t. It’s pretty amazing,” he says. “The most comfortable and calm than I ever am in my life is when I’m on stage, and it’s a wonderful feeling. Music means so much to me because I can affect so many people in a way that you couldn’t do any other way.”

Wayne Newton Up Close and Personal begins April 21 at the Bally’s Windows showroom.