Sin City Superstars!
TODAY, LAS VEGAS is known for much more than just casinos and an outrageous nightlife scene; it’s the epicenter of the best of the best in the world. There’s not another city that boasts as many elite hotels, excellent restaurants, top tier golf courses, trendy night clubs, designer boutiques, celebrity sightings and of course, star-studded entertainment, as Vegas.
When we say entertainment, we mean ENTERTAINMENT! We’re not talking about a few cool shows here and there. We’re talking about seven nights a week, fifty-two weeks a year, the biggest super stars and world-famous shows dishing out jaw-dropping performances to sold out audiences at various venues on The Strip. Names like Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Elton John, Shania Twain, Penn & Teller and David Copperfield all have resident shows that sell out regularly. And, there are tons of others we could list that would have you on the edge of your seat. Whether you are looking for live music, stand-up comedy, unbelievable magic tricks, adult shows or even hypnotists, Vegas has something for everyone.
With so many options to choose from, it’s hard to narrow it down when deciding which show to attend. There’s a lot to consider when you’re planning on spending a couple hours away from the casino. Are you looking for some tunes you can dance to? Or are you in the mood to laugh until you cry? And, you need to consider convenience as well. Is the venue close to where you are staying? And of course, the cost is important to keep in mind too, as some of the shows can be a bit pricey.
To help you get started on your all-star show search, we took a shot at compiling a list of our “Fab Five” performances to consider when planning your next Sin City getaway. First, be sure to do your research. Get online and go to Youtube.com, type in any show by name and check out some clips. By no means are we attempting to cover everything (it would take the whole magazine to do so!), but we do promise you won’t be disappointed with these selections.
ROD STEWART: THE HITS, AT THE COLOSSEUM
When putting together a list of the greatest live shows, we found that the hottest super stars of the music world play in Vegas on a regular basis. Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace is home to a number of top name resident shows, including Celine Dion, Elton John and Shania Twain, to highlight a few. And, for the second year in a row, The Colosseum is also home to Rod Stewart’s thrilling and wildly successful resident show, Rod Stewart: The Hits.
Featured on the cover of this issue, the British rocker, father of eight, two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and Grammy living legend has seen a five-decade long career – by far one of the most successful stints ever in the music industry. Throughout this prolific career, he’s earned an estimated $250 million in album sales and has received an astounding 18 Grammy nominations. This past May, Stewart released “Time,” marking his landmark return to songwriting, as it’s his first new album of original material in nearly two decades.
With his soulful voice and narrative songwriting, Stewart is more than a musical icon adored by women of all ages; he’s influenced generations of stars across a variety of genres and his style of entertaining makes him a perfect fit to represent what Vegas is all about. He has a signature scratchy voice that never changes, and his music ranges from catchy, energetic hits that get audiences on their feet, to romantic ballads that will be favorites for years to come. His show is titled “The Hits” and that is exactly what he delivers with every performance.
Each set list features his iconic, most-loved songs like, “Maggie May,” “You Wear it Well,” “Hot Legs,” “Some Guys Have All the Luck,” mixed some cool covers and a few rarities like “Broken Arrow” and “The Killing of Georgie.” The show is designed to give audiences that only-in-Las-Vegas experience, with a personal performance showcasing Stewart’s authentic, passionate and playful act. Tickets start at $49 a person and shows are scheduled through August 4, with more to be added soon!
Regardless of which performer you choose to see, The Colosseum is an incredible venue that lets guests enjoy a fabulous dinner and cocktails, as well as some casino time, since the main entrance to the venue is right off the casino floor and near many of the property’s excellent restaurants and bars. The Colosseum is a modern replica of Rome’s architectural wonder designed to accommodate stage shows of all varieties, including the world-renowned Caesars’ headliners. With a seating capacity of 4,298, it’s impressive that no seat is farther than 120-feet from the stage. And, the venue is equipped with state-of-the-art audio and visual elements, including one of the largest indoor high-definition LED screens in North America (120-feet wide by 33-feet tall).
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
Founded by a Canadian entertainment company specializing in art and street entertainment in Quebec, Cirque du Soleil has certainly made an impression in redefining the world of performance art. Each show features its own theme and storyline filled with unbelievable acrobatic performances and creative costume designs, bringing a unique flavor and allowing audience guests to interpret and experience the show however they choose. The Cirque-branded shows tour the world, but there’s a collection of performances that are exclusive to Las Vegas, each of which are extremely popular. The Las Vegas collection includes Mystere at Treasure Island, O at Bellagio, and Ka at MGM Grand. The collection started in 1993 with the launch of Mystere, and the shows have been a smashing success ever since. The production takes a deeper look into the origins of life in our universe with inspiring music, incredible costumes, and acrobats that defy gravity. As the crowds and rave reviews kept coming, additional shows were added. Today, there are icon-themed shows starring The Beatles and Michael Jackson, with amazing choreography to go along with their greatest hits. With the Cirque selection in Vegas, the only trouble you are going to have is deciding which one to see!
PENN & TELLER, RIO ALL SUITE HOTEL & CASINO
What’s not to love about an outrageous combination of comedy, magic and sarcasm? One of the world’s most famous and dynamic duos, Penn and Teller have been around since the 1970s! Their act is symbolic of their professional friendship, where Penn’s boisterous behavior and mannerisms somehow coax the quieter Teller to pull off-the-wall pranks and crazy tricks. Referred to as the “most intelligent show in Las Vegas” by Frommers, this should definitely be on your bucket list of shows to see in Las Vegas. Plus, be sure to stick around after the show, as Penn and Teller are known to hang out and sign autographs! Performances are at 9:00 p.m. every Monday – Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
BLUE MAN GROUP, MONTE CARLO RESORT & CASINO
This trio of costumed men wearing shiny blue paint, with no ears and glaring eyes has taken Las Vegas by storm since it began over a decade ago. After staging at a few different iconic mega-properties in the heart of Sin City, the newest home to The Blue Man Group is the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. This multi-media act of exploration sight, sound and visual effects keeps the audience entertained as the men bang oversized drums full of illuminated paint, and perform sound experiments that incorporate everything from PVC pipes to Captain Crunch. This is a hard performance to explain if you haven’t experienced it for yourself, which is exactly why it belongs on the list. The ‘blue men” can integrate humor without muttering a single word, and they often improvise the act based on the audience reaction. This show is a definite must see! Performances start daily at 7:00 p.m., with a second show at 9:30 p.m. on select nights.
DAVID COPPERFIELD, MGM GRAND HOTEL AND CASINO, HOLLYWOOD THEATRE
Known as the greatest illusionist of our time, David Copperfield has decades of experience with Broadway shows, televised events and specials showcasing his talents. To say he’s impressive is an understatement – I mean c’mon, the guy made the Statue of Liberty disappear! Seeing his illusions on TV is one thing. But seeing his show in person is completely mind blowing. His shows feature ridiculous stunts– from cutting himself in half to making motorcycles disappear. If you like magic and illusion, you owe it to yourself to see the best. There are shows daily at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM, with select afternoon performances at 4:00 PM.
by G. DOUGLAS DREISBACH