JohnnyQ
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October 14th, 2021 at 9:16:52 AM permalink
Just for fun, I decided to try and put together a list of the shows I have seen in Vegas over the 20+ years we have been going there. (Where a YEAR is listed, I had to look up some of them on the internet because, well, it’s been a while ).

When we were younger and had less discretionary income, it was a big treat to see one of the larger shows in Vegas, and it was NOT something we did every trip. But we would do what we could to find a deal or a 2-for-1, etc, to avoid too big of a hit on the budget.

MyVegas really helped us to expand our horizons and enjoy many of the Cirque Shows for free, and we have actually seen many of them more than once. And we eventually reached the Diamond Level at Caesars and prior to the pandemic, that included a pair of show tickets to one of the Caesars mid-tier shows each month. I will miss that perk IF that is a permanent revision to the Diamond Benefits.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Bottom-line, for the shows that are currently still in Vegas, here are the ones I can wholeheartedly recommend:

BEATLES LOVE – Have seen this multiple times and Enjoyed it Every time. Quoting FROMMER’s, “The best daytime show, in fact one of the most exceptional shows in Vegas period”.

KA – This needs to be seen once just for the design of the Theatre and the Spectacle of the Moving Stage

LEGENDS IN CONCERT - Yes, this is a good high energy show for the average tourist, ESPECIALLY if you are a fan of the LINE-UP for that night.

MAC KING – Have also seen this Multiple times, it is Sooooo funny

“O”

And perhaps MORE importantly, here are the ones that I would recommend NOT going to:

CRISS ANGEL

JABBAWOCKEEZ – Well in Fairness, there was a solid 5-ish minutes worth of Entertainment in this one


HERE’s the Overall LIST

1) BEATLES LOVE - MIRAGE

2) BLUE MAN GROUP - LUXOR

3) CHEAP TRICK - PARIS
Sgt Peppers Live, 2010

4) CLEOPATRA’s BARGE Lounge Singers - CAESARS

5) CIRCUS 1903 - PARIS
~2017

6) DIRK ARTHUR - TROPICANA

+) DIVA's LAS VEGAS ( FRANK MARINO ) - FLAMINGO I THINK but not 100 % sure

7) FOLLIES BERGERE - TROPICANA

8) FOREVER PLAID - FLAMINGO
~2000

9) KA – MGM
Admittedly this took a little while to grow on me, but it is a top-notch show. I have seen it several times.

10) LEGENDS IN CONCERT - FLAMINGO ( now TROPICANA ? )

11) MAC KING - HARRAH's ( now at EXCALIBUR )
This might be tied with BEATLES LOVE for having seen the most number of times.

12) MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET - HARRAH's

13) MYSTERE - TREASURE ISLAND ( thanks for catching that mistake )

14) O – BELLAGIO

15) PENN AND TELLER – RIO

16) PAUL ZERDEN - PLANET HOLLYWOOD ( Ventriloquist )

17) PHANTOM of the OPERA - VENETIAN

18) PIFF the MAGIC DRAGON - FLAMINGO

+) RAT PACK IS BACK - DOWNTOWN, the PLAZA maybe

19) RONN LUCAS - RIO ( Ventriloquist )

20) SOMETHING 1 Variety Show ( I forget the Name ) – RIVIERA
~2001

21) SOMETHING 2 ( Really Crappy Afternoon Show, Years Ago ) – FLAMINGO
~2001

22) TAYLOR HICKS - BALLY's ( American Idol Winner )
~2012, After winning American Idol in 2006, I am sure Taylor Hicks didn’t think he would be playing what was essentially a large bar at Bally’s in Vegas. But to his credit, he came out full of energy and ready to entertain, and put on an Excellent show.

23) TENORS of ROCK - HARRAH's
~2017

24) TERRY FATOR – was MIRAGE, Now at NYNY

25) TODD PAUL - HOOTERS
~2009, Todd Paul was hilarious and this was one of those rare finds that was a highlight of our trip.

26) WOW - RIO
~2017

27) ZARKANA - ARIA

28) ZOMBIE BURLESQUE - MIRACLE MILE SHOPS

29) ZUMANITY - NEW YORK NEW YORK

UPDATE: Added DIVAS LAS VEGAS and RAT PACK IS BACK but didn't bother renumbering everything.
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MDawg
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October 14th, 2021 at 9:39:34 AM permalink
Nice job, great list.


Beatleshow inside the Miracle Mile mall is good too.
https://vtheater.com/beatleshow

If you're going to wander into Circus Circus anyway, the free Circus acts every hour or so are worth watching.

Let's not discount the street performers on Fremont Street or even on the bridges that cross the Strip.

What about the free gander at the Show Girls on the Strip? Some are rather ouch and worth shielding your eyes from, but occasionally, some talent.

If he ever returns to performing The Amazing Johnathan is worth a look. Also Divas with Frank Marino, and La Reve at Wynn.


And yes I would agree - forget about the Criss Angel show.
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October 14th, 2021 at 10:44:38 AM permalink
I saw KA after a 6:00 am flight to Vegas, a full day of gambling, a steak dinner and a couple of cocktails. I slept like a baby through the whole show. Poor planning in hindsight.
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October 14th, 2021 at 10:55:09 AM permalink
Quote: JohnnyQ

Just for fun, I decided to try and put together a list of the shows I have seen in Vegas over the 20+ years we have been going there. (Where a YEAR is listed, I had to look up some of them on the internet because, well, it’s been a while ).

When we were younger and had less discretionary income, it was a big treat to see one of the larger shows in Vegas, and it was NOT something we did every trip. But we would do what we could to find a deal or a 2-for-1, etc, to avoid too big of a hit on the budget.

MyVegas really helped us to expand our horizons and enjoy many of the Cirque Shows for free, and we have actually seen many of them more than once. And we eventually reached the Diamond Level at Caesars and prior to the pandemic, that included a pair of show tickets to one of the Caesars mid-tier shows each month. I will miss that perk IF that is a permanent revision to the Diamond Benefits.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Bottom-line, for the shows that are currently still in Vegas, here are the ones I can wholeheartedly recommend:

BEATLES LOVE – Have seen this multiple times and Enjoyed it Every time. Quoting FROMMER’s, “The best daytime show, in fact one of the most exceptional shows in Vegas period”.

KA – This needs to be seen once just for the design of the Theatre and the Spectacle of the Moving Stage

MAC KING – Have also seen this Multiple times, it is Sooooo funny

“O”

And perhaps MORE importantly, here are the ones that I would recommend NOT going to:

CRISS ANGEL

JABBAWOCKEEZ – Well in Fairness, there was a solid 5-ish minutes worth of Entertainment in this one


HERE’s the LIST

1) BEATLES LOVE - MIRAGE

2) BLUE MAN GROUP - LUXOR

3) CHEAP TRICK - PARIS
Sgt Peppers Live, 2010

4) CLEOPATRA’s BARGE Lounge Singers - CAESARS

5) CIRCUS 1903 - PARIS
~2017

6) DIRK ARTHUR - TROPICANA

7) FOLLIES BERGERE - TROPICANA

8) FOREVER PLAID - FLAMINGO
~2000

9) KA – MGM
Admittedly this took a little while to grow on me, but it is a top-notch show. I have seen it several times.

10) LEGENDS IN CONCERT - FLAMINGO ( now TROPICANA ? )

11) MAC KING - HARRAH's ( now at EXCALIBUR )
This might be tied with BEATLES LOVE for having seen the most number of times.

12) MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET - HARRAH's

13) MYSTERE - MIRAGE

14) O – BELLAGIO

15) PENN AND TELLER – RIO

16) PAUL ZERDEN - PLANET HOLLYWOOD ( Ventriloquist )

17) PHANTOM of the OPERA - VENETIAN

18) PIFF the MAGIC DRAGON - FLAMINGO

19) RONN LUCAS - RIO ( Ventriloquist )

20) SOMETHING 1 Variety Show ( I forget the Name ) – RIVIERA
~2001

21) SOMETHING 2 ( Really Crappy Afternoon Show, Years Ago ) – FLAMINGO
~2001

22) TAYLOR HICKS - BALLY's ( American Idol Winner )
~2012, After winning American Idol in 2006, I am sure Taylor Hicks didn’t think he would be playing what was essentially a large bar at Bally’s in Vegas. But to his credit, he came out full of energy and ready to entertain, and put on an Excellent show.

23) TENORS of ROCK - HARRAH's
~2017

24) FATOR – was MIRAGE, Now at NYNY

25) TODD PAUL - HOOTERS
~2009, Todd Paul was hilarious and this was one of those rare finds that was a highlight of our trip.

26) WOW - RIO
~2017

27) ZARKANA - ARIA

28) ZOMBIE BURLESQUE - MIRACLE MILE SHOPS

29) ZUMANITY - NEW YORK NEW YORK
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Holy cow!! I have lived in Las Vegas for 30 years and have probably only seen 10 shows.
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JohnnyQ
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October 14th, 2021 at 11:10:55 AM permalink
Quote: DRich

Holy cow!! I have lived in Las Vegas for 30 years and have probably only seen 10 shows.
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Haha.

Well I guess you didn't waste your time with MyVEGAS (once upon a time this was THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD, but notsomuch anymore). It got us 2 Free tix to "O" in the center of the Front Row, and many tix to BEATLES LOVE, KA, and others.

Ditto for getting up to DIAMOND at Caesars, which could be costly but for us all-in-all worth it at the time. And unfortunately, ALSO maybe notsomuch anymore.
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October 14th, 2021 at 11:14:27 AM permalink
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Also Divas with Frank Marino

You know what, now that you mention this one, I think we also saw it. I remember the very end where Frank took off his wig, make-up, etc.
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October 14th, 2021 at 3:47:26 PM permalink
Absinthe. Great.
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October 14th, 2021 at 7:54:40 PM permalink
I love all the Cirque shows. Seen them all multiple times.

One I hated...X Burlesque at Flamingo. Decent titties but, terrible show and environment.
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October 14th, 2021 at 8:18:04 PM permalink
I did love KA. You cannot beat a theater designed for a show. I have a soft spot for Absinthe. It's an intimate non-Cirque show that has elements similar to the original Cirque experiment held behind Caesars Palace way back when Cirque first started. I attended one of those first pre-Cirque Cirque shows before it became a thing.

I am glad you mentioned Zombie Burlesque. My friends and I went to see it, and I think they rigged it so I would get chosen from the audience to go to the stage. I was the guy who had his head bounced on by the steel buns of one of the girls while strapped into a chair.

Of course, the guys filmed it and immediately sent it to my girlfriend.
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October 14th, 2021 at 11:56:07 PM permalink
Quote: redietz

I did love KA. You cannot beat a theater designed for a show. I have a soft spot for Absinthe. It's an intimate non-Cirque show that has elements similar to the original Cirque experiment held behind Caesars Palace way back when Cirque first started. I attended one of those first pre-Cirque Cirque shows before it became a thing.

I am glad you mentioned Zombie Burlesque. My friends and I went to see it, and I think they rigged it so I would get chosen from the audience to go to the stage. I was the guy who had his head bounced on by the steel buns of one of the girls while strapped into a chair.

Of course, the guys filmed it and immediately sent it to my girlfriend.
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I have seen most everything, but I have yet to see Beatles Love. I have planned it a few times, but somthing came up each time.
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪

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