7 Best Shows To Watch In Las Vegas – BestUSCasinos.org
Variety shows are not a thing of the past. What Americans have known as variety shows began in the late 1800s with British and American stage shows called “music halls” in the UK and “vaudeville” in the United States.
These show formats were adapted for film, radio and television from the 1930s. The last major variety shows were broadcast in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Thanks to Las Vegas, people can still enjoy the live variety show format. Of course, they’re much bigger and better than ever, and they only slightly resemble their vaudeville and music hall ancestors in terms of production and format.
Las Vegas has so many shows that it’s impossible to see them all, and if you’ve never been to Las Vegas before, the choice can be overwhelming.
Although some shows are seasonal while others last for many years, how do you narrow the list down to the seven “best” choices?
It’s not easy, and I’m sure people have other ideas. But I watched the reviews and the general uniqueness of these shows among dozens. These shows are too good to miss! Check out the seven best shows in Las Vegas below.
1 – Beatleshow at Planet Hollywood
There have been several Beatles tribute concerts since the band split in the early 1970s. Even today, the Beatles are considered one of the most influential musical groups of the modern era. The evolution of their music, from simple party songs in the early 1960s to groundbreaking experimental progressive rock music, initiated a whole generation of musical experimentation.
Books, movies, and TV shows have been made about the Beatles. You’ll find thousands of videos of it on YouTube and other streaming services. The Beatles legacy is unmatched by any other musical group.
Frank Sinatra covered the classic Beatles song “Something”, written by George Harrison, and Sinatra told the audience that it was “one of the best love songs written in 50 or 100 years”.
Fans around the world rave about the Beatleshow at Planet Hollywood. The performers look and sound like the boys of the 1960s.
Performances every day at 5:30 p.m. at the Saxe Theater inside the Miracle Mile Shops.
3663 S, Las Vegas Boulevard,
Las Vegas, NV 89109-1950
2 – Mystery of Cirque du Soleil at Treasure Island
It is difficult to describe a Cirque du Soleil show in a few words. These shows combine music, artistic design, acrobatic movements and sophisticated dance choreography to create an incredible display of strength, balance, coordination and artistic expression.
The performers go through different movements and themes. There is so much going on that you don’t know whether to watch the stage where the dancers can turn or whirl or watch a solo artist perform with a metal cube or a team of trapeze artists dancing in the air.
My first thought while watching a show was that Cirque du Soleil is where Olympic athletes go when they are done with competitive sports. The skills required to perform in a show like this are world class.
Audience reactions are mixed and the show’s format is confusing. I won’t try to explain it, but if you are planning to attend two or more Cirque shows, you should go to the Treasure island to see this one first.
Location: Cirque du Soleil performs daily at the Treasure Island Hotel in Las Vegas.
3300 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
3 – O by Cirque du Soleil at the Bellagio
Cirque du Soleil shows revolve around fantasy. The best description I can think of of “O” is that it is an aquatic ballet turned into a mime opera. From the synchronized dance of water sprites to gracefully floating horses, you never know what to expect to appear on stage during this show, brought to life by the Bellagio Hotel & Casino.
There are acrobats, musicians and performers frolicking around the auditorium. There are sites that simply cannot be described.
The stage effects are magnificent, easily giving the impression that the master of ceremonies is a powerful magician who takes the audience on an enchanted journey.
On the contrary, engineering is almost as much a star of the show as any of the performers. But there is also the wide range of musical styles and dances. It’s hard not to rave about this show.
Location: O by Cirque du Soleil is presented every day at 7 p.m. at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino.
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
4 – Le Reve – Le Rêve au Wynn
Le Reve – The Dream is also an aquatic show that combines music, acrobatics and dance to tell a cinematic story in 3D. It is not a Cirque du Soleil production but compares well with the Cirque du Soleil tradition.
The theater inside the Wynn provides stadium seating completely around the tank and there doesn’t appear to be any bad seats in the house. The acrobats descend in a circle so that everyone can see part of the show.
If I had to distinguish between this production and the Cirque du Soleil performances, I guess I would say Le Rêve is more Americanized and Cirque du Soleil has a more European feel. I’m not sure that’s a fair description of these shows and their performers.
The stage engineering is just as impressive as in the Cirque du Soleil shows, but the show is more about the performances than the set for Le Rêve – Le Rêve. The finish is amazing, as it should be.
Location: Le Reve – The Dream opens twice daily at Wynn Las Vegas, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
3131 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89198
5 – The Mob Dinner Club
This show may not be for everyone, but if you are interested in the history and culture of the American Mafia, and everyone knows that Las Vegas has a historical connection to the Mafia, you must attend this show. The star attraction is restaurant owner Sal Polisi, a former real-life New York gangster.
You’ll spend five intimate hours with Sal, as he cooks dinner and tells stories about his life as a Mafia associate.
Customers are expected to wear dressy clothes, so a sports jacket and men’s pants are probably a bit on the downside.
It’s all part of the mystique of the crowd, of course. The club has a Facebook page where you can view photos and read crowd-related news (like upcoming books and TV specials).
The cuisine is Italian cuisine in case you are not sure. People say it’s to die for.
6007 Dean Martin Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89118
6 – Tournament of Kings at the Excalibur
If you are a fan of the Heath Ledger movie A knight’s tale, you will probably enjoy this show. All that’s missing is Heath and Paul Bettany.
Guests are treated with the full pageantry of an anachronistic medieval jousting tournament and other acts of derring-do and vile dissonance. The show is loud, full of horses and jesters, and quite
dirty, as in, horses gallop on dirt covered ground.
The public is delighted by the spectacle of it all. The performers have fun and mockery while the knights fight on horseback and on foot. If you think modern professional wrestling has met King Arthur’s court in Camelot, that pretty much sums it up.
The show’s soundtrack has a brash cinematic feel, and the stunts are reminiscent of all of the movies from Robin Hood at James bond. Even though everything is carefully staged, it is obvious that the performers are sweating.
This show is a treat for the whole family, and you don’t have to worry about getting dressed when you go to the Hotel & Casino Excalibur.
Tournament of Kings is presented six days a week at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino.
3850 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
7 – V – The Ultimate Variety Show at Planet Hollywood
If there’s one show that keeps something of the old vaudeville spirit, it’s probably this one.
The public is entitled to a succession of musicians, acrobats, clowns and magicians in a more intimate setting than elaborate shows like Cirque du Soleil and Le Rêve.
If vaudeville had survived as more than a parody of itself on various TV shows, V is probably what it would look like today.
Location: Shows are presented daily at Planet Hollywood’s V Theater inside the Miracle Mile stores.
3663 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
After reading this far, you will notice that I haven’t written much about food. There are so many great restaurants in Las Vegas that if you see a show just for the food then you should skip the show.
Each of these shows is either accompanied by a meal or located near a respectable restaurant. For a family night out or a date, you won’t have to travel far to eat and be entertained.