No Las Vegas vacation can be considered complete without first seeing a few shows. Shows in Las Vegas take entertainment to an entirely new level with incredible glamor, glitz, and some big name headliners. When planning a trip to Las Vegas, be sure to make reservations for the shows that you want to see prior to arriving, if possible, since a number of the top venues are sold out months in advance.
Cirque de Soleil (Circus of the Sun) has four permanent productions in Las Vegas with additional shows in planning stages. Their first show, initially projected to run for a limited time, was so popular that it was extended indefinitely. Cirque de Soleil is based in Quebec, Canada and in the beginning consisted of a couple of street performers. It is a circus with no animals and their productions in Las Vegas do not use a circus tent. The shows’ principal performers are amazing acrobats whose performances are beyond belief. After experiencing one of the Cirque De Soleil shows in Vegas you might just start to believe people can really fly.
“O”, one of the Cirque de Soleil shows, is presented at the Bellagio. This incredible production not only includes acrobats but also features extremely talented synchronized swimmers. The stage “magically” transforms into a swimming pool and then reverts to a solid stage several times during the show. Actually experiencing this spectacle is the only way to fully comprehend the show’s “wow” factor. There are clowns and fire-eaters in the mix at “O” as well – it provides an exceptional good time for the entire family.
Mystere, another Cirque de Soleil extravaganza, is staged at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino. Honored eight times as “Best Production Show” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper, Mystere features an incredibly talented cast of 72 performers including musicians, dancers, singers and world-class acrobats. The inspiring imagery is exceptional, the costumes are vibrant and the music is simply unparalleled. The performers who portray birds seem to grow feathers right before your eyes. This is the show that all other Cirque de Soleil shows are compared to.
Penn & Teller now have their own theatre at the Rio Hotel and Casino. This duo of magicians/comedians/professional hucksters has been amazing audiences together for more than 30 years. They have signed to a long term contract with the Rio. Penn Gillette declares “This is not your typical Las Vegas show,” at the beginning of the performance, and then, for the next 90 minutes, they validate that assertion with sheer entertainment. The show merges elements from many of their earlier events with additional material that is specially produced for their new Las Vegas home. Even when the tricks are explained, the smoothness, grace, and speed with which the illusions are performed is mind boggling.
Criss Angel astounds audiences at the Luxor Las Vegas. This show transcends magic; it is downright phenomenal. You might be familiar with Criss Angel from his television series, Criss Angel: Mindfreak. After enjoying this show don’t be surprised if you leave the theatre believing that magic is real. This show captivates the audience. Young and old alike will be astounded by Criss’ magical extravaganza.
Rita Rudner has found a new home in Las Vegas at Harrah’s and presents a side-splitting stand-up comedy show. Rita’s secret comedy weapon is a rapier-like wit wrapped up in a soft-spoken delivery that sneaks up on, and then, like a stealth fighter, strikes your funny bone. She charms audiences with her witty observations, meticulous timing and Gracie Allen-like deadpan style. With her soft voice, porcelain skin and big, innocent looking blue eyes, Rita shatters the stereotype of vulgar, tough comediennes through poise, intellect, and sophistication.