You’ll never be short on things to do in Las Vegas, but if there’s one thing you must make time for, it’s catching a show. Las Vegas shows range from celebrity tributes to family-friendly magic shows to lavish musical productions.
The Best Las Vegas Shows
Grab an in-room magazine when you arrive at your hotel to check out the full roster of offerings during your stay. To save some money on Las Vegas entertainment, consider an afternoon show or check out one of the numerous Tix4Tonight discount ticket kiosks scattered around town.
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Penn & Teller
If it’s magic and humor you like, you can’t beat Penn & Teller, the city’s most popular magicians, who entertain audiences at the Rio Hotel.
Other resident headliners around town include Terry Fator (of America’s Got Talent fame), who combines singing with comedy in his show at the Mirage, magician David Copperfield at the MGM Grand, and comedian/magician Mac King at Harrah’s.
Cirque du Soleil
For mesmerizing performance art, head to one of the Cirque du Soleil shows playing across town. Cirque’s Las Vegas shows include Mystere, a dream-like presentation at Treasure Island; O, performed in and around a 1.5-million-gallon pool of water at Bellagio; and The Beatles LOVE, an entertaining ode to the Fab Four.
Blue Man Group
The family-friendly Blue Man Group wows crowds at the Luxor Hotel and Casino. Three painted-blue men make music with PVC pipe, create laughs with scrolling LED message boards, and entertain with paint, marshmallows and toilet paper—all without saying a word.
Nothing says “Vegas” more than a tribute show, and the city is teeming with ’em. Top contenders include The Rat Pack Is Back (featuring Frank, Sammy, and the gang) downtown at the Tuscany Suites, MJ Live at the Stratosphere (enjoy Michael Jackson’s greatest hits and dance moves), and All Shook Up, a tribute to Elvis at the V Theater.
Vegas! The Show
For a taste of old-school Vegas, complete with show girls, neon signs, and a trip back in time through Sin City’s history, don’t miss Vegas! The Show at the Saxe Theater.
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—Original reporting by Fran Golden and John Deiner