No trip to Las Vegas is complete without taking in one of the many shows on offer. There is a huge range of shows with something for everyone to enjoy. In fact, there is so much going on that it can be hard to know where to start. To help you find your bearings, here is a rundown of some of the best shows currently available in Vegas.
Celine Dion has been performing at Caesars Palace since March 2011. If you want to catch her you will have to hurry as her residency is set to end in June this year (2018). In the show she performs a number of her greatest hits as well as songs from other great singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billy Joel. To make the show even more spectacular, a number of special guests are brought on via hologram. Accompanying Dion are 31 onstage musicians and some incredible lighting effects. Even if you are not a huge fan of the Canadian singer, the show is so spectacular that everyone is sure to love it.
Le Rêve – The Dream
If you are after something a bit different and magical then checkout La Rêve (French for ‘The Dream’) at Wynn Las Vegas. The show has been created by Franco Dragone and transports you to a colourful underwater world full of strange and beautiful creatures. The show starts the moment you enter the theatre and it doesn’t’ take long to realise that you are in for something special. The round theatre design means that the experience is highly immersive and there is no clear boundary between the audience and performers. During the show you’ll see an array of gymnasts, synchronised swimmers, aerial performers and more. At times they enter the audience and you never know where the next surprise is coming from. This results in a fast paced and exciting experience that everyone is sure to enjoy.
If you like to laugh then you will love Carrot Top at Luxor. The comedian makes use of a huge range of weird and wacky props but his comedy goes far beyond that of standard prop comics. The props he use are an extension of the many personalities he creates on stage. The show incorporates a range of comic styles, from the props that he pulls out of his cases to a traditional stand-up featuring commentary on everything from current events to celebrities to tourists. As he makes fun of everything including sports stars, celebrities, politicians, musicians and more, he will have you laughing nonstop thanks to his humour that focuses on the absurd and ridiculous. However, a word of warning, if you only like clean humour, then you may find this show to be a little too crude.
After rising to fame with his incredible magic tricks on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”, Mat Franco has taken up the headline spot at the LINQ Hotel and Casino in Vegas. He was the first magician to win the popular television show and his tricks continue to delight audiences on a regular basis. The show is 90 minutes of slight-of-hand magic tricks that leave the audience’s mouths hanging open. His refreshing style of magic combined with his light-hearted humour is a delight to watch and he regularly refreshes his material so there is always something new be amazed by. Magic has come a long way from pulling rabbits out of hats and Mat Franco is the perfect performer for the modern audience.
Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil is a world famous circus company and they run an incredible eight shows in Las Vegas so if you are a fan, then you have plenty of choice. Each of the shows has its own theme and offers something different, but they are all fantastic. There are probably three that are fan favourites, “O”, “Michael Jackson ONE” and “Mystére”. The show “O” takes you into an underwater world with the performances taking place in a water stage. However, there are plenty of high-flying acrobats and amazing stunts taking place both in and out of the water. Furthermore, thanks to the theatre’s design, you really feel like you are close to all of the action. If you are a fan of Michael Jackson then without a doubt “Michael Jackson ONE” is the show for you. It is a high energy, electrifying show that is packed with tricks based around the singer. Included are many of his biggest hits and some spectacular dancing. “Mystére” was the first Cirque du Soleil show to come to Las Vegas and his been a massive hit with fans ever since. It is a truly creative production that will have you laughing one moment and then gazing in wonder the next as the action unfolds. The other Cirque du Soleil shows in Vegas include “KÀ”, “The Beatles LOVE”, “Zumanity, and “Criss Angel MINDFREAK LIVE!”. If you have never seen a Cirque du Soleil show then there is no better place than Vegas.
If you like the drink then you are sure to love the show “Absinthe” that takes place in the Roman Plaza near the entrance of Caesars Palace. The show is hosted by “The Gazillionaire”, an exuberant, crass and hilarious character who is so oiled you feel as if you probably shouldn’t get too close. The show itself consists of an array of incredible acts that wouldn’t look out of place in a Victorian circus. From the old-world burlesque to amazing feats of strength and agility, together with a few highly unusual routines, the show is sure to leave you feeling drunk with wonder. The juxtaposition of the old-fashioned burlesque with the glamour of Vegas is truly something to behold, but be warned, the show is not suitable for children or those with a prudish disposition.
If you enjoy watching impressions of people and want to be amazed then go to watch Terry Fator at the Mirage. The show is particularly good if you enjoy impressionists as he is a fantastic ventriloquist. He impersonates the likes of Elvis, Cher and Ella Fitzgerald without moving his lips and while controlling his range of puppets. His dexterity in controlling the puppets is impressive by itself and the way the characters are brought to life is something truly special. This is the perfect show if you are on a family holiday, with something for every generation and taste.
Blue Man Group
You may have heard of the Blue Man Group, the avant-garde, silent show of men dressed all in black. If you have always wanted to see them then go to the Luxor where they perform on a daily basis. The show claims to be an insight into human nature and society and it addresses issues including artificial intelligence, brain function, groupthink, language and more. It forces the audience to address some of the big issues facing the world while entertaining them with playful mime and preventing things from becoming too serious. Furthermore, there is plenty of child-friendly acts and illusions in the show that will keep younger members of the audience entertained throughout. If you want to see something a bit different and highly stimulating then this is definitely the show for you.
Penn & Teller
Vegas has a fantastic history of outstanding magic shows and Penn and Teller are arguably one of the greatest double acts to appear there. They perform at Rio and if you are the kind of person that likes to have tricks explained then it is the show for you. They are famous for revealing secrets, but somehow they always throw in a twist that leaves you just as confused and amazed. Penn, the tall one, is the narrator of the show and provides a hilarious commentary on everything they do. The smaller Teller is the one who provides most of the action, but he remains silent throughout. There is a lot of audience interaction in the show so if you have always wanted to be on stage you have a good chance of being selected from the audience to take part in some tricks and help in others.
While the title of this show sounds serious, Human Nature at the Venetian, is a fantastic dance and rhythm experience that will have you on your feet in no time. The show features the voices of Toby Allen, Phil Burton, Andrew Tierney and Michael Tierney performing some of Motown’s greatest hits. The show will raise your spirits and leave you with a true sense of excitement. With classic songs such as “Baby I Need Your Loving” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” the show is sure to delight everyone. The show even released a chart-topping album, “Reach Out” that went platinum five times.