Las Vegas is not a place you visit only when you plan on getting married, like to gamble, or wish to have a little fun during your last days as a bachelor or bachelorette. It is the place to go if you like heavy partying until you blackout and can’t remember a thing the next day, just like the guys in The Hangover. After all, it’s not called Sin City for nothing. Simply let yourself go wild and remember this one important rule: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
Las Vegas shows are memorable to say the least and it’s impossible not to find one to your liking. From circus performances to music for all tastes, stand-up comedy, musicals, and magic shows, for a steep price it’s true, they’re all superlatives. Las Vegas is more than a city, it is an unfathomable, unstoppable spectacle, 24 hours a day seven days a week, reaching its peak at nighttime. Striptease bars, topless shows, you name it. It’s the adult Disney World and you’re in for some thrilling moments.
It is a permanent celebration attended by the world’s most renowned dancers, singers, comedians, and performing artists, as the best of Broadway, and the entire world for that matter move to the Las Vegas Strip, the kind of shows that once you’ve seen them, they can never be matched again. There’s no business like show business, and all Vegas shows have reinvented the theatrical experience. There’s nothing traditional about them, and everything you thought you knew is simply blown out of the water. However, in the end, seeing is believing, so here are the 10 most spectacular Vegas shows you must not miss out on.
10. Penn and Teller at the Rio Suites: Average Ticket $120
A magic show reinvented, Penn and Teller at the Rio Suites Hotel is a splendid blend of illusions, humor, and interactive performances. The magic tricks are complemented by Penn’s humorist commentaries, and the two magicians even explain how some of the tricks work. However, they do throw in a little twist, so you still won’t know how they did it. With audience participation, you too might be the lucky one to be blindfolded on stage and made believe you are throwing knives at Penn. His partner, Teller, never speaks, miming his way through the show, on the background of excellent live jazz music. Penn and Teller are the most talented illusionist duo Vegas has ever seen, second only to Siegfried and Roy.
9. Absinthe at Caesars Palace: Average Ticket $130
Feats of balance, strength, and flexibility in outlandish sequences of circus, but not quite like circus, a unique blend between old-world burlesque, comedy, and specialty acts, Absinthe is held in a large white tent in front of Caesars Palace. It was described as naughty, indecent, and over-the-top. However, that’s exactly what Vegas is all about. Absinthe is an adults-only production, a variety show with a hint of burlesque, on the background of a circus-style performance. The host of the show is called The Gazillionaire, a filthy rich impresario wearing a white tuxedo and talking profanities at the spectators. Luckily, neither the cast nor the audience take the show too seriously.
8. Blue Man Group at the Monte Carlo: Average Ticket $140
An award-winning interactive art show, Blue Man Group is a spectacular avant-garde performance, an innovative theatrical experience combining experimental music, multimedia, and comedy all in one. Three blue men blend in music, art, and science to give life to laughter and rhythm, humor and energy, lights and sounds, for an average ticket price of $140. While most Vegas shows are designed for a certain category, the Blue Man Group is for everyone to see, no age limit required, and absolutely no language barriers. Although, be advised that the show begins before the actual stage performance, as the cast dances around the casino and the audience, introducing everyone in the atmosphere.
7. Celine Dion at Caesars Palace: Average Ticket $145
How can a single performer revolutionize a show genre? First of all, you have to be Celine Dion to pull it off. Under the Elvis mantle, with no other performers but herself, she flawlessly executes her own repertoire of songs, as well as others, such as the likes of Billy Joel and Ella Fitzgerald. With no dancers, just Celine and her beautiful voice, she is backed up by a team of 31 musicians who make up the orchestra and band. Spectacular light and video effects instill life to the show, and she even sings “How Do You Keep the Music Playing” in a duet with a hologram of herself. Performed at Caesars Place, a venue seating 4,300, you don’t need to be a fan to appreciate this show.
6. Terry Fator at the Mirage: Average Ticket $150
Terry Fator is acclaimed as the greatest impressionist on the Strip, but don’t expect to see magic tricks. What you will see are amazing interpretations of spot-on singing in the famous voices of Elvis, Ella Fitzgerald, Cher, and many more, all without Terry moving his lips. A fantastic celebrity impressionist, comedian, and singer, he is also a puppeteer. How many skills can a man have? He may barely move his lips during the show, but his hands are always in action, enlivening his funny cast of lovable puppets. Terry Fator actually won a million dollars at America’s Got Talent with his act, and now you too can see the very act at the Mirage in Las Vegas for an average ticket price of $150.
5. David Copperfield at the MGM Grand Hotel, Average Ticket $160
Who hasn’t seen David Copperfield perform his dazzling acts of illusions on TV? But how many of you can say they’ve seen one of his live shows? Vegas is the perfect place to start. While it is practically impossible to bring the Statue of Liberty or the Great Wall of China on stage at the MGM Grand Hotel, David Copperfield pulls off the next best thing. A large piece of sheet metal is given to the audience to examine, then he covers the audience and himself with the sheet, for all of them to miraculously appear on the other side. Assistants in a box are already too common. So he puts himself in a box, with his legs and arms still outside, and shrinks his body to mere inches. Prices start at $90, but you can expect to pay between $135 and $185 for a closer look at what he’s got up his sleeve.
4. Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles Love at the Mirage: Average Ticket $200
With 2,000 seats in a circle configuration at the Mirage Theater and 6,300 speakers, the furthest you can possibly be from the stage is 98 feet, which guarantees an ultimate entertaining experience. Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles Love is a psychedelic journey into the 1960’s, when the famous British band was climbing its way to stardom. A total of 60 characters, including aerialists, street dancers, and extreme sports players perform on 30 of the most loved Beatles tunes, all complementing the on-stage acrobatics. For example, at one point “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” accompanies an aerial ballet sequence. One of the best shows in Vegas, prices start at $120, but the average ticket price is $200 if you want to have better seats.
3. Le Reve at the Wynn: Average Ticket $200
An aquatic wonderland on stage, an explosion of colors and mystifying characters, many mistake it for a Cirque du Soleil show. While it is not played under the Canadian company’s brand, Le Reve is nevertheless very similar and just as thrilling and breathtaking. Incorporating many water elements, it reminds of O, but with quite a different storyline. Aerialists, gymnasts, and synchronized swimmers take over the stage, even running through the audience at times. Prices start at $125 per person, while the average ticket price is $200. Luckily, no seat is further than 42 feet from the stage.
2. Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas: Average Ticket $210
One of the hardest tickets to get, Jersey Boys has been one of the hottest shows in Vegas ever since it opened. The amazing storyline and talented cast give life to a Tony-award winning show, a cinematic journey that managed to maintain some of the highest average ticket prices. The musical follows the lives of the members of The Four Seasons, a group of blue-collar boys from Newark, New Jersey who became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. The story traces both successes and failures, while each member tells the story of the band from his own perspective.
1. Cirque du Soleil’s O at the Bellagio: Average Ticket $226
There’s no better way to describe it than simply water spectacular. With two of the most expensive shows in Vegas, Cirque du Soleil is cashing in millions. They reinvented the art of circus and brought forth a mind-blowing redefined theatrical experience in which the audience is thrilled non-stop for two and a half hours. O, which stands for the French Eau, can only be seen in Vegas. The aquatic show boasts thrilling acrobatics, as the 85 performers revolve around a stage pool filled with 1.5 million gallons of water. It has been compared to a living representation of Salvador Dali or Vladimir Kush paintings, thanks to the flowing movements, special effects, and dream-like sequences of synchronized swimming and acrobats on trapeze, all accompanied by live musicians. At one point, three 60-foot ladders appear, and divers plunge into the giant pool at unison. Prices start at $140 per person, but you’re in for the best Las Vegas entertainment money can buy. However, if you want good seats for the stunning production that cost $70 million to stage, you can expect to pay an average ticket price of $226.