Vegas Show Reviews

Lori and Joe’s Las Vegas Show Reviews

Joe & Lori
We’ve been coming to Las Vegas together since 1999, and love seeing live Las Vegas shows. We love it here so much, we moved to Vegas in 2005! We’ve been fortunate enough to see just about every major show in Las Vegas, so we decided to keep track of them and share our opinions with anyone who cares to read them. Prices are approximate, based on what we remember, and are what they were at the time of that show. Feel free to e-mail lori@jobsons.org with questions or recommendations.

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Show NameVenueCategoryDatePrice1-10 Rating
(1a) Viva Las Vegas
A fun afternoon variety show, open to all ages, and a great bargain when you use a common coupon that gets you in for the price of a drink. Comedy, magic, showgirls, and an over-aged Elvis.
StratosphereProduction1999, November$7 Drink6
(2a) Tournament of Kings
This show was a LOT of fun! Another one open to all ages, this is in an arena in the lower levels of the Excalibur where you eat a cornish hen with your hands, cheer on the jousting entertainers, and have a ball!
ExcaliburProduction1999, November$358
(3a) Crazy Girls
This was not the typical Crazy Girls show. It had guest appearances by a number of porn stars, and (unfortunately) turned into not much more than a strip-tease, with dancers working the crowd for tips.
RivieraAdult1999, November$353
(4) Best of Bottom's Up
This was another great deal. A $15 drink gets you in the door, and you get an afternoon variety show with comedy, singing, showgirls, and more (billed as Las Vegas' only afternoon topless show). Unfortunately this one was discontinued in 2004.
FlamingoProduction2001, November$15 Drink6
(5a) Elvis Tribute Show
This was our first Elvis tribute show and we've been hooked ever since! One of the best live show deals in town, a $7 drink gets you in the door and the performer really knows how to work the audience.
Fitzgerald'sTribute2002, November$7 Drink8
(6a) Spirit of the King
The best Elvis act in town - no question about it. Steve Connolly's "Spirit of the King" is a can't miss Las Vegas attraction. 7:15pm Thursday thru Monday. You have no excuse for missing this one!
Fitzgerald'sTribute2003, October$7 Drink8
(7a) Les Folies Bergere
One of our favorite shows ever. The production value and the talent of the large cast was incredible. Look for a discount coupon, and choose from an 8pm covered show or a 10pm topless show.
TropicanaProduction2003, October$459
(8) Showgirls
The history of the showgirl shown thru numerous topless acts. We had a two-for-one coupon so the deal wasn't bad, and the venue was great, but the show wasn't great and didn't last for long (discontinued after a relatively short run).
RioAdult2003, October$304
(9a) Mystere - Cirque du Soleil
Wow! We saw this show with a group of friends and all of us were impressed. The production value is world class and the talent in this all-ages show is worth the price of admission. One of the best we've seen.
Treasure IslandProduction2004, March$1009
(10a) Rat Pack Tribute
Our first show purchased from the 1/2 price vendor, Tickets2Nite. This was great fun! Another all-ages show that we highly recommend. The Marilyn Monroe impersonator was awful, but the guys were excellent.
Greek IslesTribute2004, March$25
(Tickets2Nite)
8
(11a) Xtreme Magic Starring Dirk Arthur
An excellent deal at the Plaza (since then has moved to the Tropicana), Dirk has it all for a great price. White Tigers, a disappearing helicopter, and a lot of all-ages fun. Another high recommendation.
The PlazaMagic2004, March$158
(12a) V - The Ultimate Variety Show
Decent show - lousy venue. The V Theater at the Aladdin looks like a restaurant that's been converted to a theater, and it sucks. The acts were great, but the support beams blocked much of the show. Re-Model!
AladdinProduction2004, November$30
(Tickets2Nite)
6
(5b) Elvis Tribute Show
We went to see Steve Connolly again, but he was off and had a substitute filling in. This guy was really good, too, but didn't have it down as well as Steve. Still easily worth the price of admission!
Fitzgerald'sTribute2004, November$7 Drink7
(13) Second City
An excellent comedy show. It was like seeing Saturday Night Live in person! We took our 14 year old and she loved it, as well. Another excellent bargain from Tickets2Nite (in the Coca Cola building next to MGM).
FlamingoComedy2005, May$18
(Tickets2Nite)
7
(1b) Viva Las Vegas
Six years after we first saw it and it's still a lot of fun. A coupon gets you in the door for a $9 drink, and you get a fun afternoon variety show suitable for all ages.
StratosphereProduction2005, May$9 Drink6
(13a) Vinnie Favorito
This was a spur of the moment bargain at Binion's Horseshoe on Fremont Street (Grandpa from The Munsters was handing out discount tickets). The show was in what appeared to be a small conference hall upstairs at Binion's. Most of the crowd was older people, so Vinnie struggled with some of his material, but he had a funny, polished act and we enjoyed it.
Binion'sComedy2005, May$105
(14) American Superstars
Another bargain from Tickets2Nite, this impersonator show included mediocre Elvis and Brittany Spears performances, but was saved by excellent Christina Aguilera and Tim McGraw impersonations, and the crowd was truly blown away by the amazing Michael Jackson act. Our 14 year old daughter and her friend loved it.
StratosphereTribute2005, June$30
(Tickets2Nite)
6
(6b) Spirit of the King
Here we are again at Fitzgerald's for Steve Connolly's Spirit of the King show. We took our 14 year old daughter and her Elvis-fan friend and they had a great time (we've seen 8 year olds at these shows). You just can't beat it for seven bucks.
Fitzgerald'sTribute2005, June$7 Drink8
(15) Splash
Friends recommended Splash to us, and we got 1/2 price tickets from Tickets2Nite. Apparently the show has changed. Mermaids have been replaced with ice skaters. It was entertaining (the gouchos and the mexican brothers were a riot), and worth the price, but overall was disappointing.
RivieraProduction2005, July$30
(Tickets2Nite)
5
(16a) Fab Four - Beatles Tribute
Another WOW! This was great fun. It was unfortunate that it was in the lousy V Theater at the Aladdin, but the price was right and the act was dead-on. The crowd loved it and so did our 14 year old Beatles fan daughter.
AladdinTribute2005, July$23
(Tickets2Nite)
8
(17) O - Cirque du Soleil
We bought the tickets in the middle of the price range ($100-$150), and had great seats. If you liked Mystere, you'll like O. The performers' talent was incredible and the O theater was as much a part of the show as the performers. We took our 14 year old daughter and she was very impressed. This one will be hard to beat.
BellagioProduction2005, August$1259
(18a) La Femme
This show is a recreation of the long running Crazy Horse show in Paris. It boasts unusual lighting and creative acts. We were disappointed, expecting more of a production value, while in reality it was a "classy" strip show. After reading the program, this was exactly what it was supposed to be. Of the 12 or so acts, we found a few to be intriguing.
MGM GrandAdult2005, October$34
(Tix4Tonite)
5
(2b) Tournament of Kings
It's been six years since we first saw this show on our first trip to Las Vegas, and this time we were able to take our 15/18 kids with us (and got a great deal thanks to a 2-for-1 coupon in the LVRJ). The show was packed (sold out two nights in a row) and the kids had a ball. Knights jousting and sword fighting and fighting the bad guy with his dragon soldiers. All that and dinner, too. Still worth checking out.
ExcaliburProduction2005, December$557
(19) World's Greatest Magic Show
The show was entertaining. A variety of magicians with various backgrounds. It was no David Copperfield or Lance Burton, but worth the price of admission. The venue itself is great for a show this size, but what turned us off were the ushers. They ran a scam on attendees, extorting bribes/tips for closer seats, then they moved everyone who didn't pay the bribe up closer anyway. We will not return to the Greek Isles showroom.
Greek IslesMagic2006, May$30
(Tix4Tonite)
6
(20a) Jon Lovitz
We had pretty good seats. The warm up comedian, Joe Koy, was really great. We were laughing thru his entire routine. Jon Lovitz was ok, but he is more a sketch comic than a stand up comedian. It was still good to see him in person, and hopefully he can grow as a stand-up.
The OrleansComedy2006, July$506
(21a) KA - Cirque du Soleil
Another amazing Cirque Du Soleil performance where the stage and sets are as amazing as the performers. We were fortunate enough to get free tickets for this one, but the normal ticket price is still worth it. This one incorporated martial arts and fire, and had an Asian theme, telling the story of royal twins separated by war. As always, the performers were amazing - everything is flawless and it's hard to believe you're watching a live performance.
MGM GrandProduction2006, August$125
Comp
9
(22) Burn the Floor
This was a dance show that featured energetic ballroom dancing from all different backgrounds. It really wasn't our thing, so we're not going to give it a 1-10 rating, but the friends we went with loved it. We got free tickets, and it was a professional production in the old Blue Man Group arena, so we did have fun.
LuxorProduction2006, September$45
Comp
n/a
(23) Titanic Exhibit
An interesting walk thru many authentic artifacts recovered from the Titanic.
TropicanaOther2006, October$226
(24) The Scintas
A family friendly variety show performed by two brothers, their sister, and a buddy (plus a few backup musicians). Musically, they are all very talented and that alone made the show worth seeing. The comedy aspect of the show was mostly corny, and sometimes you're almost embarrassed for them. Our tickets were comped, but it would be worth the price - a decent Vegas variety show (don't bother taking younger viewers because many references are to classic characters they wouldn't have heard of).
SaharaProduction2006, December$60
Comp
6
(9b) Mystere - Cirque du Soleil
We were lucky enough to receive complimentary tickets to see this show again. We took our daughter (her second time, also) and we all still enjoyed the show on our second visit. The professionalism and production quality of Cirque du Soleil shows is unparalleled (as far as we've seen, and we've seen a lot of Vegas shows!).
Treasure IslandProduction2007, February$66
Comp
9
(25a) Zumanity - Cirque du Soleil
Very unusual. The host reminded us of Hank Azaria's housekeeper character, Agador, from the Robin Williams/Nathan Lane movie, The Birdcage. The whole show felt a little like watching a Marilyn Manson video. Definitely not for kids, but it was worth seeing (our tickets for this show were also comp'ed). Just be warned, it is very unusual, and completely focused on sex, with plenty of nudity (if you've ever seen HBO's Real Sex series and wondered where they get all those people - this might just be where!).
New York, New YorkProduction2007, March$79
Comp
7
(26a) Trent Carlini - "Dream King"
An excellent Elvis impersonator. From a distance, Trent really looks like Elvis, and it's a lot of fun to watch him continuously come onto stage with costumes we've all seen Elvis wear in his movies. We got into this show for free, but it would have been worth paying for. There was a full band, and the crowd loved the show. If you like Elvis shows, be sure to also check out Steve Connolly's "Spirit of the King" at Fitzgeralds on Fremont Street (Steve's act has no live band, but he is so charismatic that it doesn't matter - his show is a must see for any visitor, and since that show only costs you a $7 drink to get in, the deal is unbeatable!).
SaharaTribute2007, March$72
Comp
7
(27) Steve Wyrick Real Magic
World class magician. Steve has his own theater (recently opened) at the Aladdin/Planet Hollywood. It even has it's own small club/lounge attached, Triq (you walk thru the lounge to get into the show). Steve hangs out at the club after the show and signs autographs. He uses a helicopter, an airplane, a motorcycle, and a jet engine as part of the act. He also does some up close and personal street magic right in the audience, and the set changes are smooth and impressive. Steve has a lot of charisma and makes the show personal and fun for all ages.
AladdinMagic2007, March$59
Comp
8
(28a) Monty Python's Spamalot
Our first Broadway show in Vegas. This was a ball. We would definitely pay for this show. As it says in the program, "The new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail". If you appreciate Monty Python humor, you'll love the show. John O'Hurley (Mr. Peterman from Seinfeld) starred as King Arthur. Our only gripe was that the balcony seating was very cramped and uncomfortable (much like sitting in coach airplane seating).
WynnProduction2007, March$69
Comp
8
(29a) Rodney Carrington
Great show, great venue. We never heard of the guy, but got free tickets and his bio on his web site looked promising. He had a network TV show from 2004-2006 and has a number of successful comedy CDs. He's a country boy with a polished, professional act and we were very impressed. Another pleasant surprise that would have been worth paying for.
LuxorHeadliner2007, March$55
Comp
7
(30) Stomp Out Loud
Entertaining but kind of long. Plenty of choreographed dance, but no singing or talking, just a lot of dancing and banging around. The price seems out of whack compared to other, better shows for the same price, but if you can get discount tickets, it's worth a look. People who did pay seemed pleased.
AladdinProduction2007, April$83
Comp
6
(31a) Blue Man Group
We've been wanting to see this one for years, and finally got the chance to go for free. Every cast member, including the ushers and band members, were very high energy and did everything they could to get the crowd excited and involved. There were a number of times when you say, "wow, how are they doing that"?. Other times it's a little slow and you are sighing and waiting for the next scene (very mime-ish). Some comedy bits are a little lame, but everything musical is great. Many elements are visually stunning. It's a mature show that will likely continue to improve. Worth the price of admission. Good for all ages.
VenetianProduction2007, May$93.50
Comp
8
(32a) Gordie Brown
Everyone says he's the next Danny Gans. We haven't seen Danny Gans yet, so that reference didn't do us much good. We enjoyed the performance. With a live band at his side, Gordy does impersonations. Many of them musical, many of them stand-up style by telling stories in a celebrity's voice. He did a great George Bush, and seemed to have a lot of fun. Available at the 1/2 price ticket places, and worth checking out.
VenetianImpersonator2007, May$40
(Tix4Tonite)
7
(33) Ice: Direct from Russia
Boring, lame (borame?). This may be the first show we actually fell asleep in. It appears to be the replacement show for the long running Splash at the Riviera and surprisingly, it got even worse. There were plenty of talented performers, but it was arranged so poorly that you just wanted it to be over, constantly checking your watch. The seating was the horrible narrow tables with chairs along the sides, forcing you to stare at the back of your neighbor's head the whole time. Not even worth a free ticket - head up to Fremont and watch Steve Connolly at Fitzgeralds instead.
RivieraProduction2007, May$60
Comp
3
(34) Hans Klok - The Beauty of Magic
Hans is a Dutch magician that is trying to establish himself in the U.S.. Some of his material was charming, taking us back to his childhood and his passion for magic that started when he was a boy. He does both sleight of hand and the big money stage props. The less technological stuff was very entertaining. The fancy equipment was corny. He wasted a lot of filler time with a dozen or so dancers, and regularly took time out to stand over a fan to make his arian locks flow like Fabio. VERY corny. The show also heavily advertised Pamela Anderson as a magician's assistant, but she had a very small part (our show actually was cancelled about 80% thru due to a Planet Hollywood fire alarm). If you can get the tickets cheap, check it out, otherwise, go see Dirk Arthur, Steve Wyrick, or Rick Thomas.
Planet HollywoodMagic2007, June$40
Comp
6
(35a) Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular
We were torn on whether to give this an 8 or 9, but still feel Ka, Mystere, O, and Folies are slightly better. This is truly a world class production. The venue is excellent - we had nose bleed seats and still had a great view. The props and sets were excellent and you could see and hear the cast anywhere in the theater. This was our first time to see this story, and while the music was beautiful, we agreed that we found ourselves watching the clock a couple of times. Overall, one of the best Vegas has to offer, and definitely worth the price of admission, whether you get the cheap seats or the ones down front.
VenetianProduction2007, June$82
Comp
8
(36) Penn & Teller
Penn & Teller's theater at the Rio has to be one of the best venues in town, and they use it to their advantage. They rely heavily on audience participation which usually turns us off, but not with these guys. They have a lot of class, a very polished act, and a lot of truth mixed in with the act (as much as they are allowed to express). At times, Penn got carried away with his dialogue. He's excellent with the crowd and carried the show professionally, but they could have done less talking and more magic. We've seen one of the tricks (pretending to throw a knife at a blindfolded audience member) at another show, so that was a bit of a bummer. Worth seeing, worth paying for.
RioHeadliner2007, June$58
(Tix4Tonite)
7
(37) Le Reve
Beautifully boring. The theater is one of the best in town, every seat is excellent. For an extra $40 you can get VIP seats that include champagne and strawberries. The are only two "wow" moments in the entire show: (1) when you first walk in and see the 360 degree theater and it's comfortable seating, (2) when you realize that you just sat thru a 90 minute Cirque du Soleil audition. There is no identifiable story, so the uninspired acrobatics ramble on and on and on. Talented people bouncing up and down on cables, occasionally diving into the water . With proper direction this could be excellent, but as it stands, don't waste your money. Check out Ka, O, or Mystere.
WynnProduction2007, August$131
Comp
6
(18b) Crazy Horse Paris
Renamed from "La Femme", but still the same show (see October 2005 review above). It's billed as "a celebration of the artistry of the nude", and claims to be sexy. Its not. Its an artsy fartsy French production that has managed to take beautiful naked women and bore you with them. We had a tough time staying awake. Vegas seems to have a difficult time producing sexy shows that really are sexy. Nothing we've seen has fit the bill yet. Maybe we need to head to the strip clubs to find what we're looking for, but you'd think one of the big budget productions could get it right.
MGM GrandAdult2007, August$59
Comp
3
(38) Joey & Maria's Comedy Italian Wedding
The wife loved it, the husband was bored. Slightly smaller version of Tony and Tina's Wedding. If you love going to weddings and wedding receptions, you'll have fun. If you dread being dragged to these occasions, you'll dread this one, too. Buffet food is served that is mostly edible (the lasagna is lousy), but I'd have a tough time paying $89 for this show in a city that has so much more to offer.
Empire BallroomProduction2007, September$89
Comp
7
(39) Marshall Sylver Presents: The World's Funniest Hypnotists
Worst show we've seen in Vegas. We were embarrassed for the performer. Apparently, Marshall Sylver has been on Letterman in the past and based on that minor fame a short video of Marshall plays in the beginning, then some other flunky is introduced and attempts to entertain. A dozen or so people volunteer, the hypnotist talks and talks and talks and tells us he is hypnotizing the volunteers and all you end up with is people who have to be reminded how to play along. A total waste of time.
Harrah'sHypnosis2007, October$44
Comp
1
(40a) The Comedy Festival - Jamie Kennedy and Nick Swardson
Up a seemingly endless escalator only to find one more escalator at the top of that one, we climb to the Augustus showroom at Caesar's Palace. The Comedy Festival drew a huge crowd, a great annual attraction for Las Vegas that hopefully will continue. The showroom was nothing more than a huge convention hall, but worked well for stand-up comedians. Jamie Kennedy was the lead act and Nick Swardson was the headliner. Both had polished, professional acts worth seeing again. We look forward to next year's festival!
Caesar's PalaceComedy2007, November$50
Comp
7
(28b) Monty Python's Spamalot
Simply the most entertaining show in town. This was our second time seeing it this year. What struck us this time is that we could return to this show and watch it again and again, much like a great comedy movie that gets into reruns on TNT or USA network and when you channel surf to it, you stop and watch. We all know the story, and it's even better in person. The performers appear to be having fun, and everyone in the audience is grinning ear to ear the whole time. It never slows down, and when its over you wish there was more. Our first 10 rating.
WynnProduction2007, November$76
Comp
10
(41a) Lance Burton
Husband says 8, wife says 6, so we settled on a 7. Lance had a very polished, professional act. He worked well with the kids in the audience, bringing some of them up on stage and making them part of the act. He did a number of great sleight of hand tricks to compliment his fancy prop acts. The choreography on the larger bits were very impressive, making use of fast-change costumes and squeezing many people into tiny spaces - this appeared to be Lance's specialty. A great time for couples or families for a reasonable Vegas show price. The only bummer was the 10-15 minutes with the special guest juggler. Leave him out and the score goes up 1.
Monte CarloMagic2007, November$67
Comp
7
(42) Mamma Mia!
Disappointing. We love Abba music and I suppose if this were simply an Abba concert we would have been more satisfied. The best part of the show was the last 15 minutes when they did three Abba songs without any acting. That was a lot of fun for the cast and the audience. The actual show felt like we were watching a daytime drama. Not much more than a girls slumber party. If you love chick flicks, you may like the show. Beware, its so long they have an intermission. Skip this one and head over to Wynn for Spamalot or Venetian for Phantom.
Monte CarloProduction2007, December$82
Comp
6
(43) Stripper 101
A ton of fun for those looking for a real Vegas experience and willing to lose their inhibitions. Women only, and it's best with a group of friends. A fun girls night out that gives you a ton of fun and some great exercise and plenty to think about when you get home. The web site says absolutely no nudity but that's really up to the participants. Be sure to take advantage of the souvenir photos - better than anything Glamour Shots ever offered.
Planet HollywoodAdult2007, December$40
Comp
7
(16b) Fab Four Mania
See the review above (this is our second time to see this show) - it's the same show as it was at Aladdin, but at a much better venue. Tons of energy, excellent music, and a well deserved full auditorium for the show.
SaharaTribute2007, December$24
Comp
8
(44) Legends in Concert
The line up changes periodically, but there's a good chance you'll know every song. The acts were all very polished and the crowd loved the performances. Ray Charles was the spitting image, Bette Midler was the most fun of them all, Tom Jones was characteristically vulgar and the ladies ate it up, The Supremes had a class act, and Elvis finished the show with some of his Las Vegas classics. Our only complaint was the venue - the sideways tables that have you staring at the back of your neighbors head. Pay the extra $10 for VIP seating so you get a booth.
Imperial PalaceTribute2007, December$60
Comp
7
(45a) Rita Rudner
We were expecting to see George Wallace this night but discovered he was on vacation, so were fortunate enough to get into Rita Rudner at the last minute. Rita has had a permanent show in Las Vegas for many years now, starting at New York, New York and now at Harrah's. She had an 80-90 minute act that was constant, uninterrupted material and it kept the audience laughing the whole time. She didn't really have gut busting, knee slapping home run jokes that you tell your friends the next morning, but the show was very polished and entertaining and was certainly worth seeing.
Harrah'sHeadliner2007, December$60
Comp
7
(46) The Fashionistas
For once, we see a Las Vegas show that is actually sexy. The dancers were all very talented, and we were not embarrassed for them like we were at Crazy Horse. The show is set to modern music, but none of the music is live (we loved their selection of songs, and have many in our personal collection). We didn't really get the whole bondage thing, but that's part of the fun and mystique. The primary flaw was that there was no dialogue and the entire story was explained in about a dozen slides in the first few minutes of the show. It would have been better if they slipped the slides in throughout the show - or added a little dialogue to help the audience follow along.
Planet HollywoodAdult2007, December$55
Comp
6
(47) Three Redneck Tenors
Three professional opera singers performing Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies and other TV show themes (there were more songs that loosely told the story of their rise to fame). What a shame. These three singers were so talented, it left us longing to see a real opera. They have comic performance ability and great voices. Given proper direction and a real story they really could pull off a comical theater performance set to contemporary opera music - they just haven't figured out how to do it yet.
LuxorProduction2008, January$33
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5
(48a) Terry Fator, Winner of America's Got Talent
If you didn't see or hear of the television show, America's Got Talent, you won't know who this is (we never heard of him). Terry is a ventriloquist who won a televised talent show and now has his own limited run stage show. He does have talent, even if it's a little creepy at times. He impersonates various singers as himself and as his dummies. Our biggest problem was that you really had to be watching the monitors showing a close-up of his faces and the face of the dummies. If you weren't in the first few rows, you may as well have been watching this on TV at home. Also, do not buy row QQ seats for any show at the Hilton - they are spare chairs set up in a walkway with no armrests, so you are cheek-to-cheek with your neighbors on either side. Very uncomfortable.
HiltonHeadliner2008, January$50
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6
(13b) Vinnie Favorito
Our second time to see Vinnie, and he was better this time. Who knew O'Shea's had a showroom? The venue is small, but works very well for a stand-up comic show. Vinnie does half the show with his traditional stand-up material, then moves into audience participation. He asks most of the audience their name, where they come from, and what they do for a living. Based on that he manages to keep everyone rolling with laughter. It's an aggressive approach with an Italian/New York flair that at times has you whispering, "did he really just say that"? - but it works, and obviously every show is going to be different.
O'Shea'sComedy2008, January$45
Comp
6
(49a) Danny Gans
The most overrated show in Las Vegas. The show's marketing department is sure to splatter "entertainer of the year" all over town. I have yet to meet a person who voted. If you've never seen a Las Vegas show you'll probably be entertained and have a good time. Maybe we're becoming jaded, but we were checking our watches ten minutes into the show. The theater was nice, the seating comfortable, the band talented. Danny packed so much material into the show that he never really spent enough time on individual songs - parts seemed rushed. He did have his moments. Bob Hope and Al Pacino were good, but a lot of the material sounded like the same impersonation over and over. Terry Fator was much more versatile. This is certainly not worth the standard $110 ticket price. If you want to spend $100 or more on tickets, see a Cirque show or see Spamalot. Gordy Brown (the new "Danny Gans") was more entertaining for 2/3 the price.
MirageImpersonator2008, January$110
Comp
5
(21b) KA - Cirque du Soleil
With prices that start at $109 - you have to see Ka. When you first come to Vegas, you have sensory overload with the tall buildings, bright lights, pulsing neon, and crowds of smiling people. You tell everyone back home that they just have to come to Vegas at least once, they just have to see it. Ka is no different. The theater itself is amazing. The entire staff, including the ushers are in character the whole time. The performance is elegant and beautiful and you are amazed that they can do this twice a night with such precision and grace. This show is so far beyond similarly priced shows like Danny Gans or Le Reve or Mamma Mia, there's simply no excuse not to see Ka. This was our second time going and days later we're still thinking about it. Great for all ages, comfortable seating, an experience you will never forget.
MGMProduction2008, January$138
Comp
9
(50a) Jubilee!
Everything you expect it to be. Jubilee could have been performed 40 years ago and look the same. About 70% of the show is topless, but in a glamorous context, not a provocative one. They have four acts, with three short performances between each. The sets are amazing, and seeing roughly four dozen female dancers and a dozen or more male dancers is a sight to behold. The show stays true to it's 25 year history. No evidence of pop culture influence will be found, which is very refreshing. If you are looking for a classic Vegas showgirl dancing and music performance, you will not be disappointed by Jubilee.
Bally'sProduction2008, March$90
Comp
9
(51) Roseanne Barr - Domestic Goddess
It was great to see Roseanne in person after watching her on TV for so many years with our family. The venue was somewhat small but was perfectly suited for a stand-up comic show. Roseanne's show was in it's early stages and she seemed a little rusty. There were frequent uncomfortable pauses and she didn't appear as polished as you'd expect a pro like her to be. We think she will find her groove and draw the crowds she deserves eventually. The last part of the show was improv and she handled that masterfully, and also dealt with a heckler by telling him she doesn't come to his job and slap the dicks out of his mouth(!), so the fire is there, she just needs to get in her groove.
SaharaHeadliner2008, March$55
Comp
6
(52) Elton John
39 years on stage and he's still got it. Our first reaction to the show was, "wow, that was really gay", but we expected that. The show was in Caesar's huge Colosseum and they had a massive drive-in theater sized video screen behind the stage. Much of the background video was of thin young shirtless guys dancing. We would have been happy just having the band with no props. There were enourmous inflatable Macy's Day Parade style props including giant fruit and giant boobs. Elton sings a lot of his songs differently than they were recorded and that was a bummer, but I'm sure his voice has changed over four decades and it has to get boring to make it exactly the same every time. If you love his music you won't be disappointed, but for the money you could see two other high end shows like Spamalot, Ka, or Jubilee.
Caesar's PalaceHeadliner2008, March$214
Comp
8
(53) X Burlesque
Better than most shows of this nature. X is not pretentious like Crazy Horse pretending to be art, it's six girls doing a lot of dancing and a lot of stripping. A stripper pole in the middle of the audience is included. The show is in the Second City theater at Flamingo, so it's a small venue, but is well suited to this show. The audience had fun and is made up mostly of couples, no different than any other Vegas show - so don't worry about feeling like the only girl there or some sort of perv for attending.
FlamingoAdult2008, April$54
Comp
5
(54) Jersey Boys
Who knew Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons sang all those songs? We didn't. The show told the story of the rise of the The Four Seasons and gave a good understanding of why they wrote most of their hit songs. No pop culture references to ruin the atmosphere, and the performers stayed in character and sang their own songs. A great time, and most of the audience sang along. A few gigs - they started 15 minutes late, the theater is poorly designed and takes forever to get in and out, and the show itself is too long. It's two hours with an 8 minute intermission just like Mama Mia. Not smart for Vegas audiences. Phantom had the sense to reduce to 90 minutes, hopefully this one will too.
PalazzoProduction2008, April$104
Comp
7
(55a) Barry Manilow: Music and Passion
With Elvis gone and Wayne's performances few and far between, it's safe to say that Barry is now the king of Vegas. If you are a fan, this show is an 8 or 9. If you are vaguely familiar with his music the show is a 7 or 8. We have never seen Las Vegas crowds react the way they did to Barry. The women were screaming right from the start. It was like watching the old films of the young girls going crazy for the Beatles. Watching the crowd's reaction was actually part of the fun of the show. His voice is as strong today as it was 35 years ago when he started. People still make fun of Barry, but make no mistake, he is truly passionate about singing and it is very evident in his performance. A great show to take visiting friends/relatives to. Now one of Las Vegas' must-see shows.
HiltonHeadliner2008, May$165.45
Comp
8
(56a) Playboy Comedy Tour - Todd Glass
Three comics - host, a warm up act, and Todd Glass. The host and the warm up acts were good, but the lead act, Todd Glass, was terrible. He appeared to be confused about his material, like he was either drunk, stoned, or simply hadn't performed in a very long time. He kept asking a friend in the audience for help on his material, and this did not appear to be shtick. The venue wasn't bad.
PalmsComedy2008, June$44
Comp
4
(57a) David Copperfield
It was a thrill to have the opportunity to finally see the legendary David Copperfield in person. We lucked out and got front row center seats. The show was a lot of fun and we were stumped on every trick. The Copperfield name and the hype that goes along with it might detract from the experience some. You are almost expecting to have a life changing supernatural magic experience because of who it is, and have to settle for a mere mortal. The price is reasonable, but for 30% less you can run across the street and see an equally amazing Lance Burton show.
MGM GrandMagic2008, June$99
Comp
7
(58) Bette Midler - The Showgirl Must Go On
Our seats were amazing. The Colosseum is a great venue, and we were close to the stage in Front Orchestra seating. That being said, you'd have to be nuts to pay $272 for tickets to this show. We aren't fans, but we have heard some of Bette's music before. It really seemed nothing more than a concert you could have seen her perform 30 years ago on an $8 ticket. Nothing warranted the high ticket prices (starting at $117 for nose bleed). Spend your money on Spamalot or any of the Cirque du Soleil shows or hold out for Elton John if you just have to see a show in the Colosseum. This would be a decent deal as a $60 show in a smaller venue.
Caesars PalaceHeadliner2008, July$272
Comp
6
(59) Cheap Trick, Heart, Journey
Three top bands from the 70s and 80s. Cheap Trick still has all the original members and sounded excellent, better than we remembered. Heart is really all about Ann and Nancy Wilson and they were amazing. We'd see them again on their own. Then there was "Journey". This was a shocker. We heard of a replacement lead singer, knowing that Steve Perry hadn't been with the band for years (injury in Hawaii about ten years ago), but this was a real disappointment. Even though three of the core Journey members were there, it felt like we were watching a cover band, not the real thing. Sure enough, they found the new lead singer on YouTube (lead singer for a Journey cover band) and hired him in December 2007. We still had a lot of fun!
Mandalay BayHeadliner2008, July$1096
(60) Pat Benatar
Primm is about a 30 minute drive south of Las Vegas, on the NV/CA border. Terribles/Herbst owns the town and the three casinos. We stayed at Buffalo Bill's to be in the same property as the Star of the Desert Arena. This was a mistake. Buffalo Bills blows and it took us 65 minutes to check in, was always five degrees above comfortable, the coffee shop/cafe was slow slow slow (worse than a Denny's), the room had ants all over the bathroom and the a/c was ridiculously loud. Next time to Primm we will stay at Whiskey Pete's across the street. The show itself was great. We're thinking of making this an annual trip. Pat and her husband Neil Giraldo have been doing this since 1979 (married since 1982) and it's inspiring to see a couple working together for so long. She sounds as strong today as she did 30 years ago.
Buffalo Bills (Primm)Headliner2008, August$506
(61) Cher
Another big show at the Colosseum. This time we had nose bleed seats, but fortunately Cher's set designers were almost as creative as Elton John's and they made excellent use of the Colosseum's huge stage. This is what Vegas tourists are paying for - something you won't see anywhere else on earth. The second mezzanine nose bleed seats are somewhat obstructed at times, but are less than half the price of the front orchestra seats. We and others we heard on the way out were irritated at Cher's constant costume changes. About 40% of the show was filler. The filler was surprisingly good, but most people were there to see Cher, not her videos or her dancers or various other performers. She sang a lot of cover songs, and did a fun duet with an old video of Sonny. Overall it was a good time.
Caesar's PalaceHeadliner2008, August$117
Comp
7
(10b) The Rat Pack is Back
Sammy, Dean, Frank, and Joey in a fun tribute show with special guest Marilyn Monroe. Singing and comedy make for an entertaining evening for the price, especially if you are a fan of Rat Pack music. There were unfortunate pop culture references scattered throughout the show, so that spoiled the mood some, but it's great to see a fun show at a Fremont Street property, and we love the Plaza.
The PlazaTribute2008, September$35
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6
(62) Menopause
Shockingly this has been running for three years now. Bad acting, lousy singers and boring story made for a disappointing night out with the girls. Don't waste your money.
Las Vegas HiltonProduction2008, September$60
Comp
2
(35b) Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular
Our second time to have the privilege to see this world class show. This time we were in orchestra seating (much closer to the stage) but frankly it felt like we had a better view of everything from the mezzanine. We did feel like we connected with the story even better this time (no clock watching). The Venetian built this $40 million theater specifically for this show and it's a memorable experience with incredible constantly changing sets. Definitely a Vegas must-see.
VenetianProduction2008, September$132
Comp
8
(63) Keith Barry: Hypnomagician
After seeing the Marshall Sylver show we told ourselves never again for so-called hypnosis shows. We gave this one a chance and it was fun! Keith is a young Irish guy who focuses mostly on amazing the audience with his ability to read people and guess what they are thinking. Audience participation is a big part of the show. He adds a mix of illusion and a small bit of "hypnosis" but that always seems clear that people are just playing along. A little pricey for a show like this but if you get a two-for-one deal it's worth checking out.
Planet HollywoodHypnosis2008, November$60
Comp
6
(64a) Chris Angel Believe - Cirque Du Soleil
The only reason this wasn't a 1 or 0 was the presence of Cirque du Soleil performers. The costumes and choreography were good, but not enough acrobatics to make it a real Cirque show, not enough magic to call it a magic show. Don't waste your time or money unless you are already a Chris Angel fan.
LuxorProduction2008, November$112
Comp
4
(40b) The Comedy Festival - David Alan Grier
Would have given this an 8 or 9 because David Alan Grier is just so damned good. Unfortunately, the Comedy Festival management is lousy and got DAG's portion started 45 minutes late, so we got to stand in a 45 minute line waiting for the previous show to finish. We parked at the Caesar's valet that closes at midnight, so we had to leave before the show was finished. We'll know better next time. This is a great annual event and look forward to next year's.
Caesar's PalaceComedy2008, November$60
Comp
7
(7b) Les Folies Bergere
When we first saw this show in 2003, it was our first major Las Vegas show. We were on vacation, excited to be in Vegas, and were blown away. Five years later, we still liked it, but had to take our rating from a 9 to a 7. It was still very good and an excellent deal (we paid extra for booth seating, you can get table seating for $10 less). They claim to have been running for over 50 years now and are the longest running show in the USA. Certainly a classic Vegas experience. We felt Jubilee to be an overall better experience, and you can still find 2-for-1 coupons for Jubilee. That said, seeing this show and spending some time at the Celebration lounge just outside the theater makes for a great night out!
TropicanaProduction2008, November$527
(65) Fuego Raw Talent
Sensory overload. This show had a lot going on at all times. A large cast with talented dancers and singers and a live band kept the energy level high during the entire show. The Sahara theater is a great venue for a show of this size and Fuego makes excellent use of every inch of the theater. It was unlike anything we've seen, a mix between a Latin music video and a Cirque du Soleil show. Much of the show was presented in English and Spanish. We liked it, but found ourselves constantly pissed off by the lighting crew's lack of respect for the audience - it was a dark theater and about every 30 seconds you were blasted in the face with blinding lights. We had to hold the program over eyes numerous times just to make it thru the show. That aspect dropped our rating from a 7 or 8 to a 6. Also, this felt more like a $30-$60 show vs. the $80 standard ticket. If you can get a deal from the 1/2 price ticket shops, bring your sunglasses or welding mask and enjoy the show!
SaharaProduction2008, December$80
Comp
6
(66) Larry the Cable Guy
On the final day of the National Finals Rodeo, Larry the Cable Guy entertains a good size crowd at the Orleans Arena. Most of Larry's material was new to us (and we've seen his specials on Comedy Central). Larry is a smart guy who has a very polished act. He kept the crowd engaged and laughing the entire show and we walked away with plenty of jokes to share with friends. Be sure to see him if you get the opportunity!
OrleansHeadliner2008, December$628
(67) Sin City Kitties
We received an interesting opportunity to stay at one of the three Primm properties for one night and see a show for free! Primm Valley Resorts made the offer to locals during the month of December 2008 and we gladly took them up on it (Primm is about 30 minutes south of Vegas on I-15 at the California/Nevada border and also includes an excellent outlet mall). Our expectations for this show were low. We didn't even know Whiskey Pete's had a showroom, but it was not bad. On par with any other Las Vegas show of this nature. There were six female dancers, two male and a female lead singer. Most songs were sung live which added to the experience. The crowd loved it and we had a good time. A great deal for $25!
Whiskey Pete's (Primm)Adult2008, December$25
Comp
6
(68a) Defending the Caveman
Originally at the Golden Nugget, the success of this show allowed it to move to Excalibur where it plays in the Thunder from Down Under room on the second floor. Kevin Burke does a one hour stand up routine describing the differences between men and women going all the way back to the beginning of man. The show is entertaining and well worth the price of admission. Get $22 1/2 price tickets at one of the 1/2 price ticket locations. We have also noticed that the Excalibur has matured a lot over the last 10 years. The kid-friendly atmosphere is fading with the addition of Dick's Last Resort, the go-go dancer Party Pit, and two lounges with live music.
ExcaliburComedy2009, January$22
Tix4Tonite
7
(69) Bodies: The Exhibition
A journey through what the inside of our bodies look like. It shows you everything from what your muscles and cartilage and veins and reproductive organs look like. There were several bodies with the skin stripped off and the muscles exposed. There was even a display of your skin from head to toe. Very interesting and very informative.
LuxorOther2009, January$31
Comp
6
(70a) Love - Cirque du Soleil
This show amounted to about 90 minutes of Beatles music videos performed live. It was worth seeing, but not on par with Ka, Mystere, or O. The seats were too close together and uncomfortable for a 6'1" guy. The theater was amazing, as are all custom Cirque theaters. There were speakers built into the seat headrests and into the rail in front of the seats. As far as we could tell, none of the music was performed live. Our favorite parts were the roller-bladers on the dual half pipes (no joke), the trampoliners, and the lighting for Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. There was a segment where a huge white sheet was draped over the main floor and pulled over part of the crowd and that was really cool, too - probably not so great for people in the front rows.
MirageProduction2009, January$141
Comp
7
(31b) Blue Man Group
We saw this show about two years ago (see review 30a above) and it's still the same show. Still worthy of an 8 rating, full of energy, still worth the price of admission. Very fun.
VenetianProduction2009, January$140
Comp
8
(49b) Danny Gans
Well, Danny is in a new theater at a new property. This time we went in with lower expectations and had a much better time, raising our rating from a 5 to a 7. If you go in based on advertising hype and expect every impersonation to be perfect, you will be disappointed. About 60% of his impersonations are very good. If you go in expecting to see a fun impersonator, good singer, and decent comic, you'll have a great time. The audience cheered along and had fun the whole show. The new theater feels smaller than the one at the Mirage and the seats are very cramped. We're pretty sure this is the old Spamalot theater and they had the same problem (we really miss Spamalot a lot). This is a good pick for vacationers if you are not into Cirque du Soleil shows with similar price tags.
EncoreImpersonator2009, January$105
Comp
7
(32b) Gordie Brown
Our second time to see Gordie - this time at the crown of Fremont Street and Gordie's original location - the Golden Nugget. We love seeing more shows in old Vegas, and we enjoyed Gordie's performance in this relatively small showroom. The Golden Nugget feels fresh, clean, and current. Even with all the owner changes, this is a great place to stay and play. Gordie's show is energetic and fun and we found ourselves laughing throughout. We both enjoyed this all-ages show and recommend it.
Golden NuggetImpersonator2009, February$60
Comp
7
(71) George Wallace
Without question the best comedy act in Las Vegas. We laughed so hard our eyes watered time and time again. George's delivery is professional and polished, even though he often comments on how he doesn't really have an act, he's just there to talk for a while. He interacts with crowd members, particularly those up front, but not in a mean spirited or bullying way. Half way thru you wish you were one of the people up front. He even takes "your mama" joke recommendations from the crowd and fires back with an even stronger one. If you are looking for a comedy show while in Vegas, stop looking and go see George Wallace.
FlamingoComedy2009, March$70
Comp
8
(41b) Lance Burton
We both agreed on a rating of 8 this time. Lance's show is fun for all ages - and that's not a bad thing. The act is very smooth and combines plenty of sleight of hand with a mix of the large prop tricks. We were constantly leaning over and whispering - wow, how the heck did he do that one? Worth the price of admission and great fun for vacationers.
Monte CarloMagic2009, March$73
Comp
8
(72) Magic's a Drag
Very entertaining and certainly worth the low admission price. The show's focus was on personality and humor. Don't expect Copperfield or Burton illusions, but the sleight of hand and audience interaction was a lot of fun. A great show for locals to take visiting family and friends to. Drag queen Cashetta performs a number of up-close tricks and keeps the crowd interested with jokes and songs.
Planet HollywoodMagic2009, March$25
Comp
6
(73) Monster Circus
Dee Snyder said it best - as he drives into Las Vegas he sees signs for Cher, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, etc.., but where is HIS music? His generation is paying the bills in this town so it's about time a show launched with the music WE grew up on, and we couldn't agree more! The band consists of former members of Great White, Motley Crue, Cinderella, Whitesnake, Kiss and more. The lead singer will rotate, but for our show it was Dee Snyder from Twisted Sister, appropriately referred to as "Mr. 120%". We had low expectations for this 11pm show, but were blown away. This could become a long running Las Vegas staple if they keep up the energy and continue to improve. The crowd was a mix of young and old and loved it. It's in Barry Manilow's large theater and it was 80% full. As locals we will return again and again if the show lasts. They also had limited circus-style acts and half a dozen dancing girls to add to the experience. There's a lot of potential with this one.
HiltonProduction2009, March$33
Comp
8
(74a) Peepshow
The headliners didn't really mean anything to us - we had to look them both up. Mel B was Scary Spice from the Spice Girls, and Kelly Monaco was on a soap opera and then on Dancing With the Stars. Not familiar with any of that stuff. That said, this show had a robust Las Vegas production value. Almost all the music was performed live by a great band and very talented singers. The story was about a lonely woman who falls asleep reading fairy tales that turn into a series of musical dance numbers guiding her thru different fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood and Little Bo Peep to help her be more confident. Promoted as an Adult show due to the frequent toplessness, this is one of the better shows in this category. Tastefully done and worth checking out (often pasties are worn while topless and much of the topless work was done in a tease/burlesque fashion where you just get a peak) - especially if tickets are available at the 1/2 price places.
Planet HollywoodAdult2009, April$71
Comp
8
(12b) V - The Ultimate Variety Show
Bad venue, bad venue, bad venue. This is easily the worst place to see a show in Las Vegas. It sucked in 2004, and it sucked in 2009. It's worse than coach class seating on an international United Air flight. No way this would pass fire code regulations. They also still have two huge support beams that block part of the show depending on your seat. That said - the show itself was fun. The performers talented, the host engaging, and if you get tickets from one of the 1/2 price places, it's a good deal and it's at Planet Hollywood, also good.
Planet HollywoodProduction2009, April$66
Comp
6
(75) Sin City Bad Girls
Great venue, fun show. The Hilton's Shimmer Lounge is a great place for a small show. Two floors of seating, excellent cocktail service, and a fun, friendly atmosphere. The Sin City Bad Girls show reminded us a lot of Sin City Kitties, and may include some of the same performers. They have a three member band, five girls that dance topless, two that backup the lead singer, and the very talented lead singer. We hope this one will stick around. They have a good formula and this should continue to get better as they polish this new act. The lead singer may be the former Christina Aguilera impersonator at the Stratosphere (sings great, but keeps her top on). Definitely worth checking out.
HiltonAdult2009, April$55
Comp
7
(76) Voices
Another excellent show at the Hilton's Shimmer Lounge. If you get the chance to see Earl Turner, GO. We are upset that he's been in Vegas for nearly a decade and this is the first time we saw him. He is so full of passion and energy that if you have a pulse, you will have a good time. Then there's his partner for this show - Lani Misalucha. We refer to her as the "wet blanket". Earl gets everyone fired up, then turns the show over to her and next thing you know the crickets are chirping. She is an excellent singer, but has no personality. Earl on his own is an 8 or 9, with her the show is a 7 at best. Both perform various cover songs.
HiltonHeadliner2009, May$61
Comp
7
(77) Bill Cosby
What a treat for us. Bill Cosby at an outdoor theater at Harrah's Laughlin. We grew up listening to to his comedy records, watched his "Himself" concert on HBO over and over again, and now we get to see him in person. 95% of the show was new material. He chatted with the crowd as if he was your uncle at a family gathering, telling funny family stories and making everyone feel good. He ended the show by announcing he was going to do "The Dentist", the only piece of old material in the whole show. At times he did seem to stray off subject and ramble a bit, but at 71 he's still got it.
Harrah's LaughlinHeadliner2009, May$507
(48b) Terry Fator
Terry moved from part time at Barry Manilow's theater at the Hilton to his own theater at the Mirage (Danny Gans' old theater). While we thought he was good at the Hilton, he was GREAT at the Mirage. His act is very polished. This theater is much better suited to his act. He even fumbled one of his lines and recovered like a pro. Great clean fun.
MirageHeadliner2009, May$70
Comp
8
(78) Amazing Johnathan
Hrmph. We were hoping we'd like this show. He got the audience warmed up with clips from Old School and 40 Year Old Virgin and others so we thought, OK, same taste as us, good sign. Then his warm-up act came out and we started to worry. Sort of an acrobatic guy doing tricks from any local magic shop (we were waiting for him to make his thumb detach from his fist). It really didn't improve much from there. It's no surprise he's gone from Sahara to such a smaller venue (we love the Harmon theater, so no disrespect intended). Johnathan dragged an audience member up on stage and made unfunny jokes with him for about an hour. We were relieved when it was finally over. There are at least 50 better choices in town for about the same price. Hell, for $25 you can see Cashetta in Magic's a Drag in the same building.
Planet HollywoodMagic2009, May$69
Comp
4
(11b) Xtreme Magic starring Dirk Arthur
Dirk is great at what he does and he's in a good venue (the Les Folies Bergere showroom). For the price he's every bit as entertaining as David Copperfield. Most of his show consists of large props where he makes things disappear and reappear. A unique aspect of the show is the inclusion of large cats like white tigers (with and without stripes) and even a Liger (lion/tiger mix). Dirk seems sincere about his endangered animal preservation efforts. His most noticeable shortcoming is that he frequently poses for the audience as if he's a statuesque 6' handsome man like David Copperfield doing Zoolander. He's not. It ends up looking a little corny. It might make the audience more comfortable if he would embrace his somewhat nerdy appearance. He's a short, older guy with a good sense of humor and embelishing that might help. Definitely worth the price of admission.
TropicanaMagic2009, May$28
Comp
7
(56b) Playboy Comedy Tour - Steve Byrne
Four comics, two so-so, two excellent. The host, Paul Hughes opened with what seemed like material we've heard before and could have been much shorter. The co-host, Cort McCown was excellent and could have covered for the warm-up act, Neal Brennan. The headliner, Steve Byrne was outstanding. We both realized our faces were getting sore from laughing so much during Steve's act. Have Paul do a short intro (two or three minutes), let Cort do the warm-up act and go straight to the headliner and this show goes from a 7 to an 8 - oh, and have the show at a venue that doesn't charge $7 for Miller Light. It's always a downer when you know the property is ripping you off and you can go across the street to Gold Coast for $2.50 Bud Light!
PalmsComedy2009, May$44
Comp
7
(79a) Smokey Robinson Presents Australia's Human Nature - The Ultimate Celebration of Motown
We were wierded out by these guys in the first three minutes. Four white guys singing motown songs and doing choreographed boy-band dances to every song = wierd. The harmonies were OK but individually none of them were more than average singers, and it appeared that none played instruments. The big guy reminded us of Will Ferrell doing a skit poking fun at white guys who can't dance. The best part of the show was that they genuinely looked like they were having fun. Much of the audience enjoyed themselves and some even danced along, but for $60 you can do much better in this town - for another $10 you can see the far better Jersey Boys at the Palazzo. Legends in Concert moved to Harrahs and this takes over that showroom. Decent venue.
Imperial PalaceProduction2009, May$60
Comp
6
(80) Bobby Slayton
Known as "The Pitbull of Comedy", Bobby engages with the audience throughout much of the show. VIP tickets get you up front and ensure you will be involved. Bobby has a solid delivery and keeps the audience interested and laughing the whole time. The act likely feels fresh every time as he focuses on audience members and builds from their backgrounds. The warm-up comic, Bill Dawes, was also very good. This would be a fun show to take a group of rowdy friends who don't mind being the target of the Pitbull. Venue is a typical Comedy Club layout - essentially a stage in a really big conference/convention room with a bunch of round tables.
TropicanaComedy2009, June$48
Comp
7
(74b) Peepshow
See (74a) above. Same show, same cast. One of Kelly Monaco's last shows before changing the lead to Holly Madison. The lead is expected to rotate regularly, roughly every three months.
Planet HollywoodAdult2009, June$71
Comp
8
(68b) Defending the Caveman
See our review for show 68a above. Only five months has passed so naturally it's the same show. Still fun. Our only gripe this time is regarding the venue. Last time they sat us in a booth. This time we were at one of the rows of long narrow tables, packed in like sardines, unable to move or even straighten out your legs, and staring at the back of the head of the person next to you. Replace those terrible tables with small round ones and make the customers happier, or just get rid of the tables.
ExcaliburComedy2009, June$44
Comp
7
(81) Carrot Top
Great venue. A small stadium in the Luxor. Carrot Top has been there for a long time and we finally got the opportunity to see him. Very entertaining. Definitely worth seeing. He repeated a comment he heard from somebody at the airport, describing his show as "the best show I ever saw that I didn't want to see". He has a short warm-up act that wasn't too good, and when he comes on he goes right into the props. Might have been more graceful to spend a couple of minutes with the audience before jumping right into the football helmet with dildo attached. We'd go again, and think this one would be another show that would be fun to take visiting friends or relatives to.
LuxorHeadliner2009, June$66
Comp
8
(82) Michael Flatley's LORD OF THE DANCE
We really wanted to like this. Talented dancers, great venue (Steve Wyrick's small, comfortable showroom), decent sized cast. Beyond that, it felt like a Ben Stiller sketch comedy during much of the show. We had to cover our mouths to hide our laughs at the "dance-off" after the bad guy broke grandma's magic flute. We expected something tasteful that would be somewhat of a tribute to this old Irish dance form, not 80s pastel costumes dancing under black lights. It had it's moments. The fiddle players and the lady in the red dress were entertaining. The cast was professional and smiled ear to ear during the entire performance, but the two lead males were so dorky it was like watching a live caricature dance. The set was virtually non-existant, all or most all of the ladies wore strange wigs, and we were yawning and checking our watches regularly. To top it all off, the lead dancer whored himself for applause relentlessly throughout, but it got really bad at the end. We just wanted out. For the same price at the same location, see Peep Show. It isn't pretending to be something it's not.
Planet HollywoodProduction2009, June$70
Comp
4
(83) Bonkerz Comedy Club: Tim O'Rourke and Rob Sherwood
Great venue. We've been to the Palace Station lounge for live music before and it's got a good size stage. For this show we had the emcee, an "open mic" guy, Rob Sherwood, and headliner Tim O'Rourke. The headliner should have been Rob Sherwood. He was a lot of fun, producing plenty of laughs. The others were uncomfortably bad and the audience was so quiet you could frequently hear the casino's paging system during the awkward silences between jokes. The headliner constantly rotates so it may be worth another shot when a decent comic is on - or they could just let Rob Sherwood do another 30 minutes and we'd be back for that. $4.25 for a bottle of Miller Lite seemed a little high for a Station casino - especially after $1.50 drafts at Tony's in Boulder City earlier that day.
Palace StationComedy2009, June$30
Comp
3
(84a) The Lion King
The best deal in town. If you can get the $53 cheap seats, see the show. Every seat in the house is a good one. This is a great theater. The show gave us goosebumps at times. Our primary concern was the 2.5 hour length with an intermission in the middle. This show and Jersey Boys both need to realize that Las Vegas shows lose the audience after 90 minutes. There were a lot of unnecessary filler songs that weren't in the movie and those could easily be removed to trim time for the ADD Vegas audience. Aside from that, the costumes were fantastic, the sets impressive, and the live orchestra and singing made the show. If you loved the Disney movie, you will enjoy the live show.
Mandalay BayProduction2009, June$113
Comp
8
(85) Howie Mandel
The show starts with 11 minutes of an old video of an old guy singing a couple of lines from a song, over and over and over. We considered leaving at 10 minutes. The lead act was good. Howie had his moments, but spent much of the show interacting with the audience. It felt like he lost control. Not sure if that was part of the routine, but it really wasn't funny. We remember him from HBO specials when we were kids and we watched the special many times. For tonight, we're glad we didn't pay for the tickets, we would have been upset. The Hollywood Theater at MGM isn't bad (David Copperfield's home base) but it does have those awful tables that have you staring at the back of the person's head next to you. Run across the street and see Bobby Slayton or Carrot Top for less money and more laughs.
MGM GrandHeadliner2009, July$75
Comp
5
(86) Soprano's Last Supper
Similar to Tony & Tina's wedding or Joey & Maria's Comedy Italian Wedding. We weren't big Soprano followers and it may have been more fun if we were. Be sure to get the VIP tickets that include dinner - the buffet dinner was pretty good. There's numerous opportunity to get up and dance on the dance floor if you're into that. They interact with the crowd but are not overly pushy. Some people get pulled into the act but clearly they look for folks that are up for it. The venue is pretty good and the cocktail service is great, even if the beer is a painful $6 each. The premise is a going away party for Tony Soprano as he has been indicted and is presumed to be going to jail soon. You are the member of one of four Italian families who have come together to choose a new boss. Not bad but there are plenty of better options on our list. Would probably be fun for a large group of friends/family.
TropicanaProduction2009, July$87
Comp
6
(87) Nathan Burton Comedy Magic
A great deal for a fun family friendly show. Nathan specializes in the large prop magic tricks with the assistance of his three lovely show girls, making a lot of things appear and disappear from show girls to a motorcycle to a snowmobile. He has two special guests, one that had four volunteers come up on stage, put halloween masks on them, and ran a very funny routine. The other came out and juggled bowling balls and also had a very funny dialogue with the audience. In the same showroom as George Wallace.
FlamingoMagic2009, July$39
Comp
7
(18c) Crazy Horse Paris
Third time to see this show (see reviews from 2005 and 2007 above). More changes were made and we feel they were for the better. Still $60 so it's not a bad deal. If you are primarily looking for a boobie show, check out Peepshow at Planet Hollywood before this one.
MGM GrandAdult2009, July$60
Comp
5
(88) ZZ Top & Aerosmith
ZZ Top & Aerosmith together - how could we pass this up? What an excellent show. The set/stage for both bands was amazing. Both used a lot of video screens to enhance the overall effect. Both bands still had what it takes to put on a great show. They sounded excellent and were full of energy. We had nose bleed seats but could still see the stage clearly - every seat in the house a good one. MGM's Grand Arena is a great concert venue. Parking sucks (park at an adjoining property - it took us 40 minutes to get out of the garage). Worth every penny.
MGM GrandHeadliner2009, July$658
(89) Charo
We were on the fence about this show. We really weren't familiar with Charo but thought it would definitely be better than sitting at home on a Saturday night. What a pleasant surprise! At age 58 she looks great and has the energy of a 20 year old. We frequently scanned the crowd for reactions and it was the same as ours, everyone smiling and having a great time! She sings some songs in spanish, some modern stuff in english, and spends some time on the acoustic guitar playing the flamenco style music. That plus plenty of dancing with her and her group of five supporting dancers. Worth checking out, and fun with a group of friends.
RivieraHeadliner2009, August$60
Comp
7
(90) Matsuri
Very impressive! Matsuri is Japanese for celebration and consisted of a large group of dancers/gymnasts performing stunts and dances you just won't see at any other show in Vegas. A lot of fun.
Imperial PalaceProduction2009, August$60
Comp
7
(29b) Rodney Carrington
We saw Rodney at the Luxor over 2 years ago and this was almost all new material, still a great time.
MGM GrandHeadliner2009, August$70
Comp
7
(91) Donny & Marie at the Flamingo
Both of them look and sound great. Decent venue, and they make the most of the space. The show started with the two of them together on stage, then Marie had her solo segment, then Donny had his, and they finished with the two of them together again. They are both full of energy and are very talented and engage with the audience constantly, making people happy to be there. Even with a 9 member band/orchestra and 8 dancers, $119 is steep unless you are really a fan.
FlamingoHeadliner2009, August$119
Comp
7
(92a) Todd Paul
Another pleasant surprise. The showroom was excellent (although $7 for a Miller Lite is insulting). Todd's mix of comedy and magic and juggling and unicycle riding really worked to produce a fun show. Even the interaction with his sound guy helped create an entertaining atmosphere. For $25 - go check it out!
HootersComedy2009, August$25
Comp
7
(93) Mac King Comedy Magic Show
Very fun. Family friendly. Excellent venue. Mac comes out in his plaid suit and keeps you laughing and amazed for 60 minutes straight. His sleight of hand is fantastic and he's clearly been polishing this act for years. He's been an afternoon attraction for as long as we can remember. For $29 you can't beat it! Go see Mac King!
Harrah'sMagic2009, August$29
Comp
7
(94) Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas
Good fun, great personalities. Our view was obstructed most of the time because the showroom uses those long tables that have you staring at the back of your neighbors head. The costumes were great, the impersonations excellent, but it was all done with lip syncing. Maybe that's standard for drag acts, but it was a disappointment for us. Frank was the host and did a lot of funny jokes between every act, but most of the material seemed like it was borrowed from other comics. Still a good time. We don't think David Copperfield would be able to figure out how the dude doing the Cher impersonation managed to "conceal himself" with that costume!
Imperial PalaceProduction2009, September$78
Comp
6
(32c) Gordie Brown
Our third time to see Gordie. We were laughing 30 seconds into the show and continued to laugh throughout. He has a very likable personality and does an excellent job with impersonations and song parodies. He apparently has plenty of material because much of what we saw was new to us, even though it was our third time seeing him. Good time!
Golden NuggetImpersonator2009, September$80
Comp
7
(95) Liza Minnelli
At 63 Liza still has it. Her voice is still amazing and the nearly two hour performance captures your attention without pause. She has a 12 member band and four supporting dancer/singers. Listening to her stories of growing up in the golden days of Hollywood was fascinating. As fun as it was, the venue, which is usually great, nearly ruined the experience. The sound and lighting crew was positioned at the edge of the audience and carried on distracting conversations throughout the entire show. If it wasn't a comp'ed show, we would have demanded a refund. This took our rating from an 8 to a 7.
MGM GrandHeadliner2009, September$75
Comp
7
(96a) Platters, Coasters, Drifters
Three great classic bands in one show. Naturally, these are not original members but they are entitled to use the original band names and rightfully so. What a great time! All three bands have the audience clap and sing along and walk us all thru a trip down memory lane. Great venue at the Steve Wyrick Theater.
Planet HollywoodHeadliner2009, October$56
Comp
7
(97) America's Got Talent Live
We have not followed the TV series, and if we had we would probably give this an 8. It was in the Chi showroom at Planet Hollywood which is the same one Peepshow uses. This is one of our favorites showrooms in Las Vegas. Comfortable, all great seats, high tech sets, very cool. The performances were fun and the audience loved it. Our biggest complaint was over the "winner" of the season. The country singer was no better than anybody's uncle Kletus. Nice guy, but not a million dollar talent. Either won from a pity vote or the fan base is just not that bright.
Planet HollywoodProduction2009, October$70
Comp
7
(98) Kevin Burke - Fitz of Laughter
Apparently Kevin finishes his 7pm Defending the Caveman show at Excalibur and speeds on up to Fitzgeralds for this 9:13 show. Kudos to a hard working man! Both shows are excellent. He engages the audience, but not in a mean spirited way. You actually hope he will call on you by the end of the show. Very funny, absolutely worth the price of admission.
FitzgeraldsComedy2009, October$40
(2 for 1 available)
7
(99) ADBACADABRA
Another great show at the Las Vegas Hilton's showroom. This is what Mandalay Bay should have run all those years vs. that lousy Mama Mia chick-flick show. 90 minutes or so of ABBA concert. The performers stay in character thru most of the show and dance the dances ABBA used to do while performing these songs live. Close your eyes and you think you are listening to the real thing. They even took great care to try to look like the originals. Great fun. Balcony seats were available for $27 and everybody up there was dancing thru the whole show! This was a brief stop on a tour, but we'd love to see this get signed as a permanent show.
HiltonTribute2009, November$60
Comp
7
(10c) The Rat Pack is Back
The show was a 6, but the included dinner was so good we bumped the experience up to a 7. Our third time to see a Rat Pack show. It's always entertaining, and we love Fremont Street shows. The Frank and Sammy characters were great, the Joey character was funny, but the guy playing Dean needed work. He spent a lot of time unsuccessfully trying to pry laughs and applause out of the audience. Worth seeing, especially if you get the 1/2 price tickets.
The PlazaTribute2009, November$69
Comp
7
(100) Las Vegas Comedy Show
Surprisingly funny. Comedian Joe Lowers spends most of the show interacting with the audience. Our audience appeared to be unusually fiesty and made for a really funny experience. Joe claimed he only made it thru about 1/4 of his act. The hotel is a non-gaming ghost town across the street from Hard Rock, so eat before you arrive. Worth seeing if you can find 2 for 1 tickets.
Alexis Park ResortComedy2009, November$30
Comp
6
(101) America's Diamond Live
Unfortunately this was Jay White's final performance in Las Vegas. He's hoping to start up a broadway show in New York based on Neil Diamond music. The Le Bistro showroom was so full they had to bring in extra seating. Friends, family and fans gather to watch Jay's final performance. He led the crowd in many familiar songs that he's been singing in Las Vegas for 16 years - 8 at Riviera and 8 at Imperial Palace. We had a great time and enjoyed some excellent music.
RivieraTribute2009, November$70
Comp
7
(102) Hitzville The Show
Planet Hollywood's V Theater is our least favorite venue in Las Vegas. The seating is so cramped we almost walked out before the show started. The performers and the audience deserve better. The show would have gotten a 7, but this alternate "showroom" was so cramped and uncomfortable we were all miserable. We're not just jaded, other show-goers we talked to felt the same way. Seating consists of small stacking chairs cable tied together in a room that's essentially a short hallway. $17 upgrade VIP seats meant you got stuck in the front row staring up the performers noses. Even the stage was so small the performers barely had room to maneuver. The act was GREAT. Despite their pitiful accommodations they still engaged the audience. They used to be at the Harmon Theater which is also at Planet Hollywood - why the change? The Harmon is so much better. Put these guys in a decent venue and the score goes to 7.
Planet HollywoodProduction2009, November$55
Comp
4
(64b) Chris Angel Believe - Cirque Du Soleil
What a difference a year makes! When we saw this in November 2008 we didn't expect the show to last to the end of the year. It's a whole new show now and it's much better. Don't expect to see a true Cirque du Soleil show, they are essentially the "magicians assistants". Not a bad concept though. We were really expecting to not like Chris, hearing reports of an undeserved big ego. He engaged the audience, appeared to have a decent personality and made it fun. He's no Lance Burton, but if the show keeps improving he may become a real contendor.
LuxorProduction2009, December$143
Comp
6
(103) Frank Caliendo
Started 15 minutes late so that put an unprofessional, sour spin on the whole thing. Most of the show was funny. Frank spent a lot of time on George Bush, John Madden, and Charles Barkley impressions. He had a live four person band with him on stage, and their banter and interaction that was a good thing. Price is OK but for much less you can see Kevin Burke at Fitzgerald's or in his Defending the Caveman show at Excalibur.
Monte CarloImpersonator2010, February$59
Comp
6
(104) Jason Alexander as Donny Clay
Seinfeld's George plays motivational speaker Donny Clay in this one man show. It's in the excellent CHI theater so every seat is good. The show is exactly what it sounds like, Jason Alexander does a mock motivational presentation, often pulling audience members into the act. It was entertaining, but you can find much better for the same price.
Planet HollywoodHeadliner2010, February$60
Comp
6
(74c) Peepshow
Our third time to see this show. Obviously we enjoy it. This time it went downhill. Holly Madison does not bring the talent that Kelly Monaco did, and numerous other cast changes left this performance feeling a little wanting. Still fun, still worth seeing, and at least this time the headliner goes topless. Our rating did, however, drop from 8 to 7.
Planet HollywoodAdult2010, March$110
Comp
7
(105) Fantasy
Another long running adult show in town. Not bad, not great. If you are looking for some relatively classy strip tease without having to go to a strip club, this show is for you. There is an all new cast, and oddly enough, the headliner Angelica Bridges, billed as a former Baywatch and Playboy personality, was the only character that did NOT go topless, opting for mediocre singing instead.
LuxorAdult2010, March$65
Comp
6
(84b) The Lion King
The best deal in town. If you can get the $66 cheap seats, see the show. Every seat in the house is a good one. This is a great theater. The show gave us goosebumps at times. Our primary concern was the 2.5 hour length with an intermission in the middle. This show and Jersey Boys both need to realize that Las Vegas shows lose the audience after 90 minutes. There were a lot of unnecessary filler songs that weren't in the movie and those could easily be removed to trim time for the ADD Vegas audience. Aside from that, the costumes were fantastic, the sets impressive, and the live orchestra and singing made the show. If you loved the Disney movie, you will enjoy the live show. On our second time seeing the show, it did not seem quite as long - a good thing.
Mandalay BayProduction2010, March$66
Comp
8
(9c) Mystere
Still amazing, still worth seeing. Mystere is one of the top acts in Las Vegas and a must see if you can afford it. The theater is amazing, the stage is as much a part of the show as the cast. It's an experience you won't find anywhere else that will leave you with memories that last a lifetime.
Treasure IslandProduction2010, March$94
Comp
9
(106) Society of Seven
A great deal and a decent venue. The show is highly entertaining with 7 Hawaiian fellows singing, dancing, and playing their own instruments. Currently they are paired with former American Idol finalist Jasmine Trias. We had a great time and look forward to taking friends with us to see this one again.
Gold CoastProduction2010, March$40
Comp
7
(68c) Defending the Caveman
Originally at the Golden Nugget, the success of this show allowed it to move to Excalibur where it plays in the Thunder from Down Under room on the second floor. Kevin Burke does a one hour stand up routine describing the differences between men and women going all the way back to the beginning of man. The show is entertaining and well worth the price of admission. This was our third time to see the show. Also check out Kevin's stand-up show at 9:13 at Fitzgerald's on Fremont Street.
ExcaliburComedy2010, April$39
Comp
7
(107a) The King Lives
Pete Wilcox performs in the Night Owl showroom at Hooters. Pete is an older gentleman that has been doing this for over 30 years, with more than 20 IMDB movie and TV appearances to his credit. We had a good time and enjoyed the classics as well as his rap remix that included Don't Be Cruel. A good deal at $25.
HootersImpersonator2010, April$25
Comp
6
(108) The Magic and Tigers of Rick Thomas
While we are not fans of the Sahara property, we really like the Sahara Theater. For this performance the theater was only about 1/3 full, and that seemed to be a bit of an issue for Rick. It's always a treat to see the big cats in a show like this. Rick added a welcome mix of comedy with his magic acts. As with most Vegas magic acts, he focuses on a lot of the big prop illusions, and does them well. He has two male and four female dancers/assistants (we recognized two of the females from the Luxor's Fantasy adult show). We particularly enjoyed his sleight of hand work, including his metal ring work set to "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" in a tribute to his mother. A good deal even with the VIP seats, allowing you to stay after the show and take your own photos up on stage with Rick and the tigers.
SaharaMagic2010, May$53
Comp
6
(50b) Jubilee!
Everything you expect it to be. Jubilee could have been performed 40 years ago and look the same. About 70% of the show is topless, but in a glamorous context, not a provocative one. They have four acts, with three short performances between each. The sets are amazing, and seeing roughly four dozen female dancers and a dozen or more male dancers is a sight to behold. The show stays true to it's 25 year history. No evidence of pop culture influence will be found, which is very refreshing. If you are looking for a classic Vegas showgirl dancing and music performance, you will not be disappointed by Jubilee.
Bally'sProduction2010, May$40
2-for-1 Coupon
9
(109) DAO - The Asian Celebration
We'd call this a slightly less memorable Chinese version of Matsuri at Imperial Palace. The first act (jumping thru hoops) was really cool. Some parts were a little boring, some a little creepy (the contortionist). They all were super full of Red Bull style energy and it was entertaining. Check out Matsuri first.
RivieraProduction2010, May$44
Comp
6
(110) Jonny Lang
Wow, what an amazing talent. If you haven't seen Jonny Lang in person, go if you get the chance. His mix of Blues, Rock, and Gospel allowed him to showcase his genius skill. Jonny is also the king of funny faces - his passion for his music contorting his expressions from the first verse of the first song. Our only issue - the band drug out some of the songs into a tedious and boring jam session. We found ourselves checking our watches and found it hard to believe how long "Living for the City" and others could be drug out. Maybe good for hardcore fans but not a do-over for us.
SilvertonHeadliner2010, June$366
(111) Sgt. Pepper Live Featuring Cheap Trick
What a cool concept! Cheap Trick is surprisingly good at taking The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band album and making it their own. Each song was accompanied by amazing sets in Paris' fantastic Barry Manilow theater. Full orchestra, awesome background singers, and to top it all off, Cheap Trick busts into an orchestra accompanied concert with their own music after the Sgt. Pepper album is complete. What a great night! Check it out if you can.
ParisProduction2010, June$50
Comp
8
(92b) Todd Paul
We checked out Todd in his new theater at Hooters. Still a great show. Todd's mix of comedy and magic and juggling and unicycle riding really worked to produce a fun show. Even the interaction with his sound guy helped create an entertaining atmosphere. For $25 - go check it out!
HootersComedy2010, June$25
Comp
7
(112) The Dirty Joke Show
Our second time to see this show, but we missed adding the review the first time. It was a lot of fun! Three comics on a break in a back alley behind a comedy club spend an hour or so telling each other dirty jokes. Todd Paul, Mickey Joseph, and the amazing Geechy Guy tear thru one-liners so fast you can barely keep up. Great time in a fun environment. Usually one or two extra local comics join in to spice things up.
HootersComedy2010, June$35
Comp
7
(113) VEGAS! The Show
With the new management at Steve Wyrick's theater we were half expecting the auditorium seating to be gutted and replaced with cable tied stacking chairs. We were pleasantly surprised! The show was narrated by a janitor who presented various memories of classic Vegas, and for each memory we got some songs. The sets were excellent, and the singers/dancers were fantastic. The audience had a great time. This is a great theater - a stark contrast from the horrid V Theater down the hall. A little pricey at $80. Worth it if you get a 2 for 1 or similar deal.
Planet HollywoodProduction2010, July$80
Comp
7
(114) Just Imagine
For true John Lennon fans, this is probably a 7 or 8. The premise is that Lennon descends from heaven onto stage and the lead singer is in character thru the show, reviewing his career and playing songs thru the chronological history. He was truly in control of the four other band members, and also had two backup singers and three dancers. The show was in Planet Hollywood's fantastic CHI Theater (the Peepshow theater). Not a bad deal at $58.
Planet HollywoodImpersonator2010, July$58
Comp
6
(115) Greg London's ICONS
TURN OFF THE F'ING SMOKE MACHINE. WE WALKED OUT 1/2 WAY THRU. That crap might fly in Reno, but Vegas audiences won't put up with it. We really hate to give a zero. The show was a lot of fun, and the couple we went with stayed until the end. We just couldn't handle the smoke. There were multiple smoke machines blowing smoke not just on the stage, but right onto the crowd's head from the ceiling. It was the most obnoxious thing we ever experienced (hell, we made thru an entire Amazing Johnathan show at Harmon). We like this showroom and have had great times there in the past (Charro, DAO), but this was too much to bear. First time we ever walked out on a show. Greg London and his cast deserve better. They are a talented group. Fix this issue and the show is a 6 or 7.
RivieraImpersonator2010, July$44
Comp
0
(116) Brad Garrett's Comedy Club
Before the opening act started, Brad was greeting guests, signing autographs and taking photos in the entrance to the club. The opening act was very funny, used her "skinny bitch" routine on one of the guests. The headliner was Rondell Sheridan from TV's "That's So Raven" and "Cory in the House". He was fantastic and after a great opening act, he kept the full house rolling. To our delight, Brad Garrett himself came on after Rondell for another 30-60 minute set. After seeing him in such a family friendly TV show for so long, it was really something to see his racy stand-up persona. Easily worth the $43 GA ticket price!
TropicanaComedy2010, July$43
Comp
7
(117) Lionel Richie
The show started 30 minutes late. That's always a disappointment. The Colosseum was not filled, but had a good crowd (the place is huge). Despite the late start, Lionel has a very polished, professional show. He engages with the audience in almost every song, and we were pleased to realize we knew almost every song. The crowd was singing along, dancing along, and having a great time. What a steal finding these tickets at Vegas Tix 4Less for only $50!
Caesar's PalaceHeadliner2010, July$50
Vegas Tix 4Less
7
(107b) The King Lives
Pete Wilcox performs in the Night Owl showroom at Hooters. Pete is an older gentleman that has been doing this for over 30 years, with more than 20 IMDB movie and TV appearances to his credit. We had a good time and enjoyed the classics as well as his rap remix that included Don't Be Cruel. A good deal at $30.
HootersImpersonator2010, July$30
Comp
6
(79b) Smokey Robinson Presents Australia's Human Nature - The Ultimate Celebration of Motown
The first time we saw this show we were a little weirded out - four Australian white guys doing motown songs. The second time the weirdness was gone and it was just a ton of fun. Both times the audience loved it. People were dancing and singing in the aisles and smiling from ear to ear. All four band members were full of charisma. Aside from the leader's little brother, the singing was excellent. The show is in the former "Legends in Concert" theater, a decent venue.
Imperial PalaceProduction2010, August$60
Comp
8
(118) Louie Anderson
The Palace Station lounge is a great venue for bands and comedians. It was called Bonkerz for a while, and now the Louie Anderson Theatre. Louie's show was a ton of fun. Cocktail service was excellent, and we found ourselves laughing out loud throughout the show. A great deal for a well known comic.
Palace StationComedy2010, September$41
Comp
7
(119) Wayne Brady
It's exactly what you'd expect it to be. Wayne and a buddy, backed up by two band members and a couple of singers, perform improv comedy just like Who's Line is it Anyway? They relied on audience participation, but only from volunteers and everybody had a lot of fun.
Planet HollywoodComedy2010, October$60
Comp
7
(57b) David Copperfield
It was again a thrill to have the opportunity to see the legendary David Copperfield in person. The show was a lot of fun and we were stumped on every trick. The Copperfield name and the hype that goes along with it might detract from the experience some. You are almost expecting to have a life changing supernatural magic experience because of who it is, and have to settle for a mere mortal. The price is reasonable, but for 30% less you can run across the street and see an equally amazing Lance Burton show.
MGM GrandMagic2010, October$99
Comp
7
(120) American Storm
The V Theater used to be the worst in town, but was recently redone. That was the best part of the show. The guys weren't talented, couldn't dance, were rather vulgar (climbing on chairs and sticking their junk in your face). There was way too much audience participation. If you are looking for those aspects, check it out. Otherwise, head over to Excalibur for Thunder from Down Under.
Planet HollywoodAdult2010, October$55
Comp
4
(121) Viva Elvis
We love Cirque shows and we love Elvis. This was fun, but could have been so much more. It did not have the amazing stage & props you'd expect from Cirque after seeing Mystere, O, and Ka. The costumes and dance routines seemed a little repetitive and corny. Some of the routines, like the super hero trampolines and the chair stacker were memorable.
Aria at City CenterProduction2010, October$116
Comp
7
(122) Jabbawockeez
Breakdancing mimes. WTF? Never heard of this dance troupe from California. It felt a little like watching a scene from Jamie Kennedy's "Kickin' it Old School" movie. They were very talented, but after a while it was just tiring to watch. Not for us.
Monte CarloProduction2010, November$92
Comp
5
(123) Thunder from Down Under
Male review that engaged with the audience in a more respectful way than other shows. The guys were great dancers. They had a lot of fun and that made it much more fun for the ladies. Great fun for a girl's night out.
ExcaliburAdult2010, November$45
Comp
6
(25b) Zumanity - Cirque du Soleil
Very unusual. The host reminded us of Hank Azaria's housekeeper character, Agador, from the Robin Williams/Nathan Lane movie, The Birdcage. The whole show felt a little like watching a Marilyn Manson video. Definitely not for kids, but it was worth seeing. Just be warned, it is very unusual, and completely focused on sex, with plenty of nudity (if you've ever seen HBO's Real Sex series and wondered where they get all those people - this might just be where!).
New York, New YorkProduction2010, November$83
Comp
7
(124) Triumph
This felt more like a high school glee club production featuring Uncle Larry & his room-mate Rafael doing magic between the dance acts. The costumes and sets were decent, but the introductory narrator was very hard to hear/understand so we weren't really clear on what the premise of the show was. It was dancing, big box prop "magic", then more dancing, repeat. The dance routines were way too long. We wanted to like it, but we just didn't.
HiltonMagic2010, November$443
(21c) KA - Cirque du Soleil
You have to see Ka. When you first come to Vegas, you have sensory overload with the tall buildings, bright lights, pulsing neon, and crowds of smiling people. You tell everyone back home that they just have to come to Vegas at least once, they just have to see it. Ka is no different. The theater itself is amazing. The entire staff, including the ushers are in character the whole time. The performance is elegant and beautiful and you are amazed that they can do this twice a night with such precision and grace. This show is so far beyond similarly priced shows like or Le Reve or Criss Angel, there's simply no excuse not to see Ka. This was our third time going and days later we're still thinking about it. Great for all ages, comfortable seating, an experience you will never forget.
MGMProduction2010, December$127
Comp
9
(125) Burlesque The Show
This was more of a classic burlesque show. There wasn't really any nudity. They did an excellent job of teasing the audience with a mix of classic and contemporary routines. It's a great deal and worth checking out.
Westin CausarinaAdult2010, December$38
Comp
6
(96b) Platters, Coasters, Marvelettes
Three great classic bands in one show. Naturally, these are not original members but they are entitled to use the original band names and rightfully so. What a great time! All three bands have the audience clap and sing along and walk us all thru a trip down memory lane. The Crown Theater at the Rio was a fantastic venue for this show.
RioHeadliner2010, December$50
Comp
7
(9d) Mystere
Still amazing, still worth seeing. Mystere is one of the top acts in Las Vegas and a must see if you can afford it. The theater is amazing, the stage is as much a part of the show as the cast. It's an experience you won't find anywhere else that will leave you with memories that last a lifetime.
Treasure IslandProduction2010, December$105
Comp
9
(126) Boyz II Men
Way better than expected. Had a great time, despite the crazed "super fan" sitting at our table.
FlamingoHeadliner2010, December$91
Comp
7
(26b) The King starring Trent Carlini
Hmm, the venue is much smaller, the stage not as glamorous. Trent used to be at Sahara, now he's at the small Shimmer lounge at the Hilton. He still changes costumes frequently, but while doing so he has dancers come on for filler. That was not so good. One of their routines was to a Beyonce song (WTF?). It seems some of the veteran Elvis impersonators have forgotten that many of their audience members are there to see ELVIS. They don't need a modern country song or Righteous Brothers tunes "as sung by Elvis". Stick to the classics! We miss Steve Connelly. It was entertaining, and the band was great. Bob the music director has a great voice!
HiltonImpersonator2010, December$50
Comp
5
(50c) Jubilee!
Everything you expect it to be. Jubilee could have been performed 40 years ago and look the same. About 70% of the show is topless, but in a glamorous context, not a provocative one. They have four acts, with three short performances between each. The sets are amazing, and seeing roughly four dozen female dancers and a dozen or more male dancers is a sight to behold. The show stays true to it's 25+ year history. No evidence of modern pop culture influence will be found, which is very refreshing. If you are looking for a classic Vegas showgirl dancing and music performance, you will not be disappointed by Jubilee.
Bally'sProduction2010, December$72
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(45b) Rita Rudner
Rita has had a permanent show in Las Vegas for many years now, starting at New York, New York then Harrah's and now Venetian. She had an 80-90 minute act that was constant, uninterrupted material and it kept the audience laughing the whole time. She didn't really have gut busting, knee slapping home run jokes that you tell your friends the next morning, but the show was very polished and entertaining and was certainly worth seeing, and the price is right.
VenetianHeadliner2011, January$547
(70b) Love - Cirque du Soleil
Our second time seeing this show we were more impressed. For a Cirque show it was one step below Ka, Mystere, or O. The theater was amazing, as are all custom Cirque theaters. There were speakers built into the seat headrests and into the rail in front of the seats. As far as we could tell, none of the music was performed live. Our favorite parts were the roller-bladers on the dual half pipes (no joke), the trampoliners, and the lighting for Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. There was a segment where a huge white sheet was draped over the main floor and pulled over part of the crowd and that was really cool, too - probably not so great for people in the front rows. A must see for Beatles fans.
MirageProduction2011, January$1508
(127) Jim Norton
A professional comedian that is frequently part of the Opie & Anthony radio show. We were not familiar with him but went with friends. The show was at Sunset Station's Club Madrid, where Nawgahyde and the Sin City Sinners play, but for this show it was set up with rows of seats. Jim had a rowdy, adult natured set with a room full of fans and kept the audience laughing thru the entire show. Worth checking out, especially for the low ticket price.
Sunset StationComedy2011, February$247
(128) The Australian Bee Gees Show
Real Bee Gees fans will not be disappointed. We are not real Bee Gees fans. The show was in the Excalibur's Thunder from Down Under theater on the second floor and we like the venue. They had a small dance floor set up next to the stage and a lot of the audience did some funky disco dancing. The fans had a lot of fun. For us, we liked some of the older 60s songs, but we just don't get the weird voices they do on some of the newer disco stuff.
ExcaliburImpersonator2011, March$49
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(129) Gladys Knight
This was one of the first nights in her new dedicated theater at Tropicana and a lot of family and friends were there. Tons of classic songs by a really classy lady. Worth seeing if you are a fan of the music.
TropicanaHeadliner2011, March$82
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7
(130) Bon Jovi
Wow - this was a sold out show in a massive venue. There's nothing like the experience of hearing a song like Living on a Prayer with that many people all singing along. The band interacted with the audience and it really looked like they were having fun. The stage made excellent use of video and moving props. This was definitely worth the price of admission and we'll happily pay to see them again.
MGM GrandHeadliner2011, March$1009
(3b) Crazy Girls
12 years after seeing it on our first trip to Las Vegas we returned to the Riviera for a follow-up. Hint: don't get the corn-flake battered french toast at the cafe - it made me sick. The show was reasonably fun. For a $31 ticket it's worth seeing.
RivieraAdult2011, May$31
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(131) Dokken & Quiet Riot
Revisiting childhood, we were excited about this show. While Quiet Riot had a new singer, they sounded great and were a lot of fun. Dokken, however, was a different story. Don Dokken sounded like a high school kid doing a lousy audition at the battle of the bands. He wasn't even trying. We left after the second song.
Sunset StationHeadliner2011, MayComp3
(132) Recycled Percussion
We also saw these guys at Studio 54 at MGM a while back but missed adding a review. It was a high energy show with a lot of audience participation (banging on pots/pans/buckets) and we had a lot of fun both times, aside from the jackass sitting at the table next to us who didn't understand the instructions saying "only bang your drum when we say so".
TropicanaProduction2011, May$50
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7
(133) America's Sound
The Four Queen's Canyon Club is a great venue. This was a classic motown show with plenty of talented performers and is definitely worth the $36 admission.
Four QueensTribute2011, June 4$36
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(134) Viper Vixens
Up in the showroom at O'Sheas is a cool little showroom where we experienced a unique mix of dance and martial arts with topless girls. Each performer had a stage name based on a type of snake, and the style reminded us of the movies Kill Bill.
O'SheasAdult2011, July$45
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5
(135) Illusions starring Jan Rouven
German illusionist Jan Rouven presented a lot of larger scale magic tricks that you'd usually have to see in a show from David Copperfield or Lance Burton. The German twist to the show was unique and made for an entertaining, worthwhile show.
ClarionMagic2011, July$58
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7
(136) Puddle of Mudd
It was a rainy evening for a pool party at Red Rock Station, but eventually the weather improved and the band began to perform. Songs like Control and Psycho made for a charged audience and we had a great time.
Red Rock StationHeadliner2011, JulyComp7
(137) Weezer
Another fun show at Red Rock's pool area. Weezer has over 25 years of great songs for us to sing along with at this sold out show. The lead singer repeatedly worked his way thru the crowd while singing, even dipping his toes in one of the pools. Check them out if you get the chance.
Red Rock StationHeadliner2011, August$428
(138) Rod Stewart
Woo! Another fun show at Caesar's Colosseum! Such an excellent, well designed venue. We knew every song and the stage was clean and the band was having a good time and interestingly enough everybody except drummers and pianist spent much of the show near the edge of the stage close to the audience. As for Rod, he sounds good and looks good, but isn't as charismatic as you'd expect for such a seasoned pro. After seeing headliners like Barry Manilow, Jon Bon Jovi, Elton John, Cher, Charo, Liza Minnelli, etc.. we were expecting more. Still worth seeing, and the price is reasonable, especially if you are a fan.
Caesar's PalaceHeadliner2011, August$89
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7
(139) Shades of Sinatra
The Clarion is really trying, and we like this place. The magician is in the larger theater, and this show is in a smaller, but very nice Wolf Theater. Four singers offer a wonderful tribute to the music and life of Frank Sinatra. The singing was great and the atmosphere was fun. Fans of Frank's music won't want to miss this entertaining show.
ClarionTribute2011, September$48
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(55b) Barry Manilow
It's been more than three years since we first saw Barry perform at the Hilton. He's still got it, and it's still an amazing show - but he seemed to have more fun at the Hilton. Maybe it was the crowd (tons of UK fans at the Hilton show) or maybe it was the VIP seating that allowed Barry to dance with guests, it just seemed more festive and lively at the Hilton. Still worth seeing. The Paris theater is beautiful and comfortable and still makes for a great night in Vegas.
ParisHeadliner2011, September$95
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8
(140) Name That Tune
Yup - it's the show we're all familiar with from decades ago. Much of the audience is encouraged to participate and in this setting - you'll regret it if you don't try to join in. They use a mix of tunes new and old and from all different genres. Our particular show had substitute hosts and was wrought with technical difficulties, but the show had only been running for a week or two. The audience didn't seem to mind and our group of four had a great time. There's even a chance of walking away with a $10,000 prize!
Imperial PalaceProduction2011, September$59
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(84c) The Lion King
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Mandalay BayProduction2011, September$66
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