Lights, (no) Camera, Action
The Las Vegas stage show has transformed from a few musicians or a comedian on stage with a microphone, attempting to entertain a few intoxicated gamblers, to a high-tech, large scale stage production with a large cast and a large number of special effects. The shows are spectacular and many leave audience members amazed. A majority of these shows have been produced with the family in mind and nudity is no longer a factor. Although many things have changed, one thing remains the same . . . no photos allowed. If you attempt to take a picture you will be called-out by one of the shows many employees and politely told "No photos, please!" But being prohibited from taking a photo is a small price to pay for a spectacular 2 to 2 ½ hour unique experience. Oh, and speaking of price, many of these shows carry a hefty price tag of over $100.00 per ticket.
Top Shows on the Las Vegas Strip
O (Bellagio): World class acrobats, synchronized swimmers and divers perform with character actors in and above water. The surrealism and theatrical enchantment of the production was inspired by the concept of infinity and the elegance of water’s pure form.
The Australian Bee Gees Show (Excalibur): A tribute to the legendary group the Bee Gees is a 75-minute multi-media performance featuring a state-of-the-art sound system and breathtaking lighting. Video clips, graphics and live camera images are featured on giant screens. VIP seating is available.
Jubilee! (Bally’s): This classic variety show features traditional showgirls. The current performance centers on the sinking of the Titanic. The majority of the Jubilee shows are topless (18 and over), but you can attend the covered show Saturdays at 7:30pm (13 and over). Dinner and backstage packages are also available.
The Beatles "Love" (Mirage): If you’re a Beatles fan you will LOVE this show, if you're not a Beatles fan, you will probably enjoy it. The show is from the folks at Cirque du Soleil and although visually it is spectacular, it is the music that is the star. The show features dancers and acrobats performing to several Beatle's songs, including; All You Need is Love; Revolution / Back in the U.S.S.R.; Hey Jude; Here Comes the Sun; Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds; Help; and many, many more.
Legends In Concert (Harrah's): A tribute to superstars of the past by live performers who look and sound like the legends they are impersonating. All musical numbers are sung live, not lip-synced.
Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show (Las Vegas Hotel): Take a trip back to the 1960s and relive the glory days of the coolest cats around, the Rat Pack! The critically acclaimed show is nostalgic and entertaining, and has been called a non-stop party.
Motown Revue Hitzville the Show (Planet Hollywood): Enjoy the sights and sounds of the best Motown has to offer. With music by the King of Pop and many other Motown favorites, you will be dancing in your seat!
KA (MGM Grand): This production takes adventure to a new level with an unprecedented character in the show, the stage. You will be amazed at how the stage is used to showcase the acrobatics and dynamic landscape, seeming to defy gravity. KA tells the tale of twins on a dangerous journey to fulfill their destiny.
Mystere (Treasure Island): The classic Cirque du Soleil production with acrobatics and stage performers delivering unimaginable and unforgettable thrills for audience members.
Penn and Teller (Rio): Popular magicians perform magic acts in a comedic setting. Tickets for the first 5 rows include a souvenir color booklet.
MJ Live! – A Michael Jackson Tribute (Rio): This fun show pays tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Live performances include several of Jackson's most popular songs.
Spiegeltent (Outdoor Event) – Absinthe (Caesars Palace): This show has been described as "Cirque du Soleil channeled through The Rocky Horror Show." An entertaining display of burlesque, circus acts, and vaudeville. The unusual show features curious creatures and comedy acts, all performed inside an intimate "Spiegeltent" (a 100 year old wooden show tent from Europe). No one under 18 years of age is allowed.
Carrot Top (Luxor): The well-known comedian, self-described as a mix between George Carlin, Gallagher, and Steven Wright, does not disappoint. His comedy leaves audience members laughing and cheering.
Improv Comedy Club (Harrah’s): Enjoy stand-up comedy performances in a relaxed setting. VIP seating available and general admission seating is by assigned tables.
Terry Fator (Mirage): Winner of "America's Got Talent," the celebrity impressionist, singer, comedian, and ventriloquist showcases his comical puppets and gives the audience a fun and impressive performance. Many audience members return to see the show again.
Popovich Pet Comedy Show (Planet Hollywood): George Popovich offers a show for the entire family, showcasing his performing pets which have all been rescued from animal shelters. Watch as animals such as dogs, cats, birds, and even white mice perform tricks to the delight of the audience.
Donny & Marie (Flamingo): Performing all their greatest hits from the 1970s and 80s, the brother and sister act remain as sassy and snippy as ever. VIP tickets include front-of-stage seating and a photo with the stars.
Elton John's Million Dollar Piano (Caesars Palace): Singer, songwriter, Elton John returns with an all new show in September 2012 and will run for three years. John performs for a full two hours and the show includes classic hits as well as new material.
Country Superstars Tribute (Golden Nugget): This show features a live band and tribute artists who perform some of the most popular country music and pay tribute to many beloved country stars, such as Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, and Reba McIntyre.
Dancing Queen – Tribute to ABBA (New York New York): Playing in the new Broadway Theater, the show pays tribute to the Swedish group ABBA in a musical extravaganza. Singers and dancers perform the group’s greatest hits, including "Mamma Mia."
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