Shows, Las Vegas
UPDATE: this exhibit has been closed. This is what you would have seen:
At the MGM Grand Casino they have a free lion show a few times a day. The lions are behind plexiglass and you can watch them eat and run around. There is also a hallway built from plexiglass that goes through the middle of the lions' area to give you a closer view of the lions. I had never been this close to a lion before, and since it was a free show and the crowd was not too bad, I would recommend this to anybody.
This is a show I got to see the second night they opened. The star of the show is Clair Sinclair of playboy fame. We were fortune enough mot be seating next to Holly Madison, apparently 9 months pregnant, the show is base on pin up girls of the calendar. So they would have a skit for each month. Some would be singing and some would be magic/illusion. I enjoyed it but I don't go to shows. Sinclair need to work on the timing of her jokes or just don't laugh at them and know will know it was suppose to be a joke. Inexpensive at &27.50.
Las Vegas entertainment offers something for everyone: Cirque du Soleil, Broadway/Theater, Concerts, Comedy, Magic, Hypnosis, Mind Reading and Psychic Shows, Adult, Tribute Shows, Dinner + Show Packages etc.
Don’t go with what seems easiest or most available. To avoid any disappointment do you homework and check video of the show in internet, it's not always that you're expecting.
You can order your Las Vegas show and event dicount tickets online or get 50% off tickets one hour prior a show in the ticket office near Flamingo.
Spectacular is the only word to describe this show. It is absolutely Las Vegas in every sense and this is coming from a guy who has seen many a Phantom of the Opera performance in a lifetime. I grew up going to this musical since it was housed in the OC for many years. This show has some special affects that blow any other Phantom out of the water. I'm not going to go into details about the show itself because it lives up to the Phantom reputation that most people are already familiar with. The performers have flawless voices and the story line is a classic. However, I will go into detail about how this differs from a Phantom show anywhere else. When I arrived and about to sit down, the usher randomly upgraded us some of the best seats in the house (row 10 orchestra) because the show wasn't full that night and they wanted the orchestra seats filled. Huge bonus!
This performance of Phantom is "Vegas wow." Everything is bigger, brighter and bolder and it's done in record timing (for a Broadway musical) at only 90 minutes. It is Vegas after all so the normal three-hour performance probably wouldn't sit well with those eager to gamble.
Like I said, the dramatic affects will blow you away whether you are a fan of musicals or not. The balconies are lined with faux Opera goers, they have a full fireworks show on set, the sets themselves are works of art and the Phantom will appear when you least expect him. It was the perfect performance to wow me and entertain me in Vegas.
This is a must if you are here and you won't be disappointed.
For those who enjoy country music as I do - GO AND SEE A TRIBUTE SHOW!
This is the second country music tribute show I've been to in Vegas (both have been in Down Town casinos). The show that I went to hosted Reba, Wynonna, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks and Brooks & Dunn. They were all fantastic! There are more tribute acts such as Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney. The acts rotate on a show-ly basis. Obviously, they arn't the real thing, but definatley second best!
They sing a mix of their old and new songs; some I knew, some I didn't but enjoyed all the same. Brilliant evening listening to the music that I love!
I was quite pleasantly surprised with the show at the Plaza. The hotel and casino is certainly dated and tired and honestly with the super low ticket prices I was thinking the show might be kind of seedy. Actually if I am honest I was kind of hoping it WAS going to be a little seedy and dirty!
Turns out "Viva Las Vegas" is a pretty entertaining show. Okay it's not "O" or "Jubilee" but I have definitely seen worse shows for a heck of a lot more money than this one!!
A standard variety show format with a singer and dancing girls as well as a female illusionist, a comedian and an animal act. Now the production value is pretty low compared to the rest of the shows in the city and the years of working in show business had me mentally fixing the choreography and rearranging the order but this would be a fun way to start off your evening downtown.
Shows at 2pm and 4pm for $9.95 plus tax. There is also the option of show with buffet but this would not be my choice for places to dine in Vegas. It is the Plaza after all!
The show is a live, on-stage recreation of the performances of a select group of superstars
from the past and present. The talented performers not only sound like the original
stars, they look and act like them too.
You will see spectacular performances by incredible look-alike and sound-alike superstars such as Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe, Shania Twain, Garth Brooks, Cher, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Madonna, The Beatles, Liberace, Dolly Parton, The Blues Brothers, and many more. These performers sing with their own voices and play their own instruments.
In addition to the superstars' recreations, the show features singer-dancers, a live band, andan all-around spectacular full-stage production. Legends in Concert has been staged all over the world with a permanent home at the Imperial Palace.
One of the acts we saw was Elvis and he was brilliant - just like the real thing!!!
Show at Bally's Hotel
The oldest show on the strip
If you want to experience the old style Vegas then this is the show to see.
Cheesy musical and topless dancers (for no reason)
The women dancers are topless and have very glitzy costumes over the rest of their body but it isn't offensive in any way (and I'm female)
The women aren't trying to be sexy or erotic they are just singing cheesy numbers and walking up and down stairs in really high stilettos and trying to keep their balance with the large headresses.
I went with 2 male friends and we played the game of how may false sets could you spot.
Wouldn't advise you to see if if you are not a fan of musicals as it is a bit long. But other than that it is entertaining enough
here are some free shows/ things to do that you and your family can enjoy along the Strip:
1) Fremont Street Light and Sound Experience- interesting graphics shown on a huge space frame that towers above the four block section of Fremont street, starts at dusk until 11pm
2) Dancing Fountains at the Bellagio Hotel
3) Erupting Volcano at the Mirage Hotel- every 15 minutes until 12am
4) Flamingo Hilton Wildlife Habitat
5) Forum Shops at the Caesar's Palace- see the "Animatronic Statues" come to life every half hour also features the story of the Atlantis
These are just some of the things I enjoyed during my last visit in Las Vegas, but there's a lot more to see just by walking along the Strip
If you're female, it's entertaining enough to watch the huge muscles ripple in these men's chests and arms! But, as a free attraction goes, this show that takes place in front of the Treasure Island casino is pretty fun. Two ships act out a battle as the audience is trapped between them. Word of warning-they use real fire and it can get pretty hot when the pirate ship is blown up. If you're standing right up against the ropes you might want to turn your head and look away. It's like looking into a ball of fire.
HEY, IT'S STILL FREE!
Well, it's not "your Mother's Pirate show, that's for sure"! 15 years ago, I saw the Pirate show at Treasure Island called "Buccaneer Bay Battle",and it was a typical pirate show with a pirate ship battle. Mainly, it was kid friendly and quite appropriate for children and for adults who love lively pirate battles.
It has been replaced with a sexy show at "Siren's Cove" at the entrance of Treasure Island Hotel and Casino. These half naked Sirens lure a band of renegade pirates into their cove and the clash between the mesmerizing temptresses and their handsome pirates becomes a typical Vegas show with song and dance and plenty of "skin". It's now a show called Sirens of TI
The new direction has been launched, and Treasure Island is now TI and geared toward adults.
I was disappointed, but time marches on.
5:30 p.m. [winter only]
11:30 p.m. [summer only]
VIP VIEWING area is exclusive for IT Hotel Guests
No performances in inclement weather
PARENTIAL GUIDANCE IS STRONGLY SUGGESTED
Strollers are not permitted in viewing areas
The waterfall free show at the Wynns casino is absolutely the best free show I have witnessed in Vegas. A new show every half hour. This show can only be described as surrealistic magic. I go back every trip and have never been disappointed. And what a beautiful hotel casino.
If you want to buy tickets for a show but balk at the prices asked, might I suggest you check out "Tix 4 Tonight". This is a discounter. Many shows are 50% off or more. They generally have tickets for most shows, even sold-out ones, with deep discounts.
We saw the Beatles tribute show, "Yesterday" at the Tropicana for just $15, each, more than 50% off the $39 asking price. The show was good, but not worth nearly forty bucks for a program that was barely an hour.
I noticed they also offered tickets to "The Body" and "Titanic Artifacts" exhibits at Luxor for more than half off. They also offered tickets to Madame Taussaud's for half off the regular price. We were fortunate enough to have one of their booths at the Four Queens, downtown, where we were staying, they also have several other locations in Las Vegas. They are: Fashion Show Mall, Hawaiian Market Place, Showcase Mall, Circus Circus, Bill's Casino (Next to the Flamingo & Imperial Palace.), Casino Royale, Town Square, and Slots of Fun.
The Blue Man Group is a great family show! There is plenty of audience interaction and the music and light show are lively and entertaining. We laughed and laughed, this was so much fun!
If you sit in the "wet" seats you are right up front and you may get water or food on you! (But don't worry, they give everyone in that section a plastic cape to wear so you're good to go when the show is over!)
(I don't have any photos to post, obviously, since photography is not allowed.)
TIP: Get your tickets for the show at Tix 4 Less and save a bundle!
What I like to do in Vegas.
1) I usually catch a show. Cirque De Soleil- I've seen Mystere and Zumanity, both were fun. O is so hard to get tickets for, so looook ASAP. They have some broadway plays: currently 08/09- Jersey boys and phantom. Also, at the start of the stip (across NYNY)-they have discount tickets, you wait on line outside, and you can get a lot of the shows for half price. They usually have phantom, Ka, Mystere, Zumanity, La Reve, and the magic shows and more
2) Everytime I go, I do a tour of my favorite hotes: Bellagio (fountain and inside architecture), Wynn (waterfall), Venetian (the canals and shopping) and the Palazzo
3) The paris buffet- yummy!!
4) Night life: Moon (Palms), the new club on top of Encore (XS), Tao (Venetian), Tryst (veneitan)
6) If you have kids, or if your a kid at heart (Circus Circus to play some games and rides)