From the image of Elvis in his sparkly white jumpsuit, to master magician David Copperfield sawing himself in half, Las Vegas and show business go hand-in-hand. That’s why the city bills itself as the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’. There’s something for just about everyone here, but some shows stand out and go on to enjoy huge success. Here are some of our favorites.
1) Cirque du Soleil
Technically, Cirque du Soleil run numerous Las Vegas shows at any one time across the city. And they’re all incredible. Each is unique but you should always expect to see flying acrobats, mind-boggling stunts and captivating performances – all accompanied by a high-energy soundtrack. Tickets are currently available for The Beatles LOVE at the Mirage Hotel, MJ One at Mandalay Bay, KA at MGM Grand, Zumanity at NYNY Hotel, and Mystere at Treasure Island
2) Caesar's Palace
Some acts are just the perfect fit for Las Vegas. Elvis seemed to capture exactly what the city was about back in the 1970s and Caesar's Palace hosts a number of similarly perfect acts today. You're guaranteed huge ballads, unbelievable vocal performances and mega-hits at Caesars Palace, with regular guests including Celine Dion, Sir Elton John, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, Reba and Brooks & Dunn.
Like an old school circus sideshow brought kicking and screaming into the modern age. The show features an assortment of burlesque acts, feats of strength and other out-of-the-ordinary performances that will leave you scratching your head or wondering if you’re dreaming. This is one for adults only. Best to approach with an open mind.
4) Blue Man Group
Another show that has made the Las Vegas strip its own in recent years. Set to a thudding and percussive soundtrack, this group of literally blue men (the name isn’t that imaginative) explore various human themes, including loneliness and alienation, through a series of clever and often funny performance pieces. Only it’s much, much better than we’ve made it sound. A true one off you have to experience for yourself.
5) The Park Theater at Monte Carlo
This ambitious new theater features over 5000 seats and will play host to a variety of big-name acts, including Cher, Ricky Martin and Bruno Mars. The theater aims to redefinite the concert experience, featuring telescopic retractable seating and an 80-foot custom LED projection video wall, designed to immerse concert-goers in a multi-sensory entertainment experience.
6) Penn & Teller
Good magicians never reveal how they did it, right? Wrong. The brash and bold Penn and diminutive Teller have been at the top of the industry for decades. And, as well as shocking the audience with audacious illusions, they then play with you by showing you exactly how you’ve been tricked. A hugely entertaining show that’s been running on and off in Las Vegas for years.
7) Fountains of Bellagio
One of the most iconic shows doesn’t take place in a theater. And, even better, it’s completely free. Stretching for a quarter mile (0.4 kilometres) in front of the hotel, the Fountains of Bellagio display mixes light, music and colour to enthrall viewers. With regular shows roughly every half hour in the afternoons, it’s a must-see during your stay in Las Vegas.
8) Vegas! the Show
A tribute to the amazing story of Sin City, complete with Vegas idols like Elvis, the Rat Pack and showgirls. This Broadway-style variety production charts the history of Las Vegas, and pays homage with performances of favorite songs, special effects, acrobatics, comedians, dancers and jugglers. You'll be entertained by the sheer spectacle and the amazing efforts of the performers, and will enjoy the opportunity to hear renderings of pop's hit songs.
9) Donny and Marie at Flamingo Hotel
Beautiful harmonies, chart-topping hits, a first-class band, stunning costumes and excellent choreography - that's not to mention the famous Osmond charm at the center of it all. Sibling megastars Donny and Marie deliver a family friendly performance that includes favourites like "Puppy Love," "Paper Roses," "Morning Side of the Mountain," "I'm Leavin' it (All) Up To You," and "Soldier of Love." Their passion for performance and for Las Vegas is evident in this unmissable show, which has been running since 2008.
10) Frank Marino’s DIVAS at The LINQ Hotel
Pay a visit to the luxurious LINQ Hotel Theater to experience a night with Frank Marino and his DIVAs - a troupe of female impersonators dressed to the nines in Bob Mackie threads, delivering fantastically over-the-top lip-synced performances as some of the world's most fabulous divas, from Madonna, Cher and Diana Ross to Katy Perry, Britney and Rihanna. Famous for his Joan Rivers performances, Marino delivers a spectacularly fun evening filled with majesty and hilarity in equal measure.