Las Vegas is more than just the glittering lights and buildings of The Strip, the ringing sounds of the casinos and the hustle and bustle of The Car Wash Show™ 2018. It’s the people that really make a place, and the people in Vegas know how to put on a show. The performances offered across the city are some of the best-known in the world, and a trip to Las Vegas wouldn’t be a trip without checking out at least one show. No matter your tastes — from gravity-defying acrobatics to musicals to comedy — Las Vegas has something for everyone.
Of course, looking for the right show (and getting tickets before they’re sold out) is another challenge. Not sure where to begin? No worries — we’ve sought out some of the most popular and highest-rated shows in Las Vegas showing from April 25-28, so you can be sure to make it in before the curtain closes on The Car Wash Show. And, unless otherwise noted, the programs listed below are suitable for all ages, barring some restrictions on children under five years old.
If you appreciate the fine arts, you can’t leave Vegas without seeing a production. Between the acrobatics, costumes, lights and gyrations of the performers, your brain might go numb from sensory overload, but in the end, it’ll be worth it.
Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil has a performance for just about any personality or interest out there. But, no matter which performance you attend, you’ll be dazzled by daredevil acrobats and performers in vibrant and dazzling costumes that will leave you wondering just how in the world they perform these stunts. Whether you want to experience some of the most beloved music of all times in such performances as The Beatles Love or Michael Jackson One; see mind-blowing feats of magic with bad boy magician Criss Angel in Mindfreak Live!; or take in the world-famous performances of Kà, O or Mystère, there’s no reason to leave Vegas without seeing Cirque du Soleil in action.
There is always a 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. showing, but check www.vegas.com/shows for specific shows’ dates and locations.
Le Rêve – The Dream
Dive into a surreal, aquatic world in Le Rêve, French for “The Dream.” With no seat further than 42 feet from the stage, you’re guaranteed a great view of this sizzling show that combines water, fire, synchronized swimming and acrobatics in a storyline of passion and heartbreak. Located at Wynn Las Vegas, this performance occurs on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Blue Man Group
On the musical side, Blue Man Group throws you into audiovisual overload as these three, famous blue men create a percussive musical production from the group’s out-there, makeshift instruments. If you’re looking for a dose of good, clean fun, this show, with a variety of acts centered around the group’s signature music, is for you. This performance is available each night at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the Blue Man Theater at Luxor.
Tournament of Kings
If you’ve never had the opportunity to go to a Medieval Times restaurant, be sure to check out this show to get a similar dose of the medieval experience. (Even if you have been, this is the perfect opportunity to try out a different medieval show.) This dinner-and-a-show performance entertains you with jousting, sword fighting, dancing, singing and more, all while you feast on tomato soup, roasted Cornish hen, steamed vegetables and a biscuit. Not to mention, there are no utensils — so you have to eat with your hands. As you sit in different sections, representing seven different “countries” and one “dark knight,” you get to cheer for your respective knight to win the competition.
V – The Ultimate Variety Show
If you really can’t decide on a show to see since there are so many to choose from, why not choose one with the best of all worlds packed into it? With V – The Ultimate Variety Show, you never know what you’re getting. In the spirit of true variety, every night the performers swap out for different acts. One night might show off street dancing, and the next night may feature a magic show. But, no matter which acts appear on stage when you go, every one is incredibly talented and will be sure to keep you entertained. This show performs every night at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at V Theater at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.
Tributes and impersonations
Las Vegas wouldn’t be Las Vegas without your cliché Elvis impersonator, but that’s not to say that such shows aren’t popular. In fact, there are several tributes and impersonators honoring famous musicians of bygone days, and here are a few of the better acts.
All Shook Up
As mentioned, nothing says “Viva Las Vegas” like the token Elvis impersonation, but if you’re ready to rock out to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest hits, this is the show for you. This performance comes backed by a live band and a guaranteed trip back in time. It plays every night at 6 p.m. at the V2 Theater in Planet Hollywood.
A rotating cast of impersonators brings Michael Jackson back to life performing all of his “thriller” greatest hits while recreating the feeling of an actual MJ concert. Whether you grew up with the King of Pop’s music or not, this family-friendly show is a fit for those saying, “I want you back,” MJ. The show plays every night at 7 p.m. in the Stratosphere Theater at the Stratosphere.
Purple Reign, The Prince Tribute Show
Jason Tenner has been performing his Prince impersonation and tribute show for over a decade now and did intensive studies of videos and voice training to mimic the artist himself.
Please note: This show is restricted to those ages 18 and older. The show performs Wednesday through Saturday at 9 p.m. at the Tropicana Theater in Tropicana Las Vegas.
Australian Bee Gees – A Tribute to the Bee Gees
This show has performed for over one million people in sold-out theaters across 40 countries. The group has an uncanny resemblance to the Gibb brothers both in looks and sound, lending much to its popularity. Playing over five decades’ worth of music, this show is widely recognized as the world’s leading tribute Bee Gees show. It performs Wednesday through Friday at 7 p.m. in the Thunder From Down Under Showroom at Excalibur.
If watching impersonators sing your favorite tunes doesn’t jive well with your musical soul, then never fear — today’s living musicians make appearances in Las Vegas too. Unfortunately, while the Elton John concert is already sold out for these dates as of writing this article, here are the other hit musical acts happening:
- Boys II Men: R&B, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Terry Fator Theater in Mirage.
- The Righteous Brothers: Classic Rock, Wednesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. at Main Showroom in Harrah’s.
- Donny and Marie Osmond: Rock and Country, Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Donny and Marie Showroom in Flamingo.
Raiding the Rock Vault
If you think this show of covers stars a group of garage-band wannabes, you couldn’t be more wrong. With professional singers from famous rock bands like The Offspring, Whitesnake, Survivor and Meatloaf (just to name a few) taking you through three decades of the best rock music from the greatest eras, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this concert trip through musical history.
Dancing and head-banging to your favorite music is exhausting, so if you’d rather sit back and just get a good laugh instead after a day of walking the show floor, here are some of the shows sure to tickle your funny bone.
Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment
Part comedy show and part musical performance, Terry Fator does it all with his wide cast of puppets. Each puppet has a comedic personality and a different musical voice, and as Fator impersonates celebrities through these puppets’ mouths, his own never opens more than half an inch — unless, of course, he’s singing himself, which he does on occasion too. His shows occur on Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Terry Fator Theater in Mirage.
Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club
Best known for his role on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Brad Garrett has returned to his roots in Las Vegas, where he started performing in the 1980s. His club features both established comedians as well as up-and-coming acts. While the Club holds a show every night at 8 p.m., Garrett is scheduled to perform on Friday and Saturday. The Comedy Club is at the MGM Grand.
If you’re ready to bust your gut laughing, Carrot Top’s show is right up your alley. You never know what prop he will pull out of his trunk and onto the stage, and his status as a stand-up and commentary comedian is legendary. Whether he’s entertaining you or just himself (as he often claims to do during the show), he’s sure to leave you rolling on the floor with laughter.
Please note: This show is intended for those aged 16 years or older. Carrot Top performs Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Atrium Showroom in Luxor.
If reality’s been dragging you down lately, you might need a little magic to spice up your life. In that case, let yourself be wowed by some of the great magic acts of Las Vegas.
Penn & Teller
Penn and Teller are a comedy magic duo that is a Las Vegas staple. While tall and lanky Penn serves as the narrator, shorter and stubbier Teller handles most of the show’s action in silence, but together, they create a wild night of entertainment. While breaking the rules of magic, like never telling your audience how a trick is done or how to prep for one, the duo perform creative and innovative tricks, some of which even border on the macabre. This show only plays on Saturday at 9 p.m. at the Penn & Teller Theater at Rio.
Paranormal Mind-Reading Magic
Mentalist Frederic Da Silva boggles the minds of his audience as he, well … reads them. This show of magic, mind-reading, hypnosis and mystery is highly-rated, and Silva himself has been awarded multiple times for his abilities. Show times are on Friday and Saturday at 4 p.m. at Window’s in Bally’s.
This is only a taste of what Las Vegas has to offer. If none of these shows appeal to you, check out www.vegas.com/shows to find out what else is available. But, if your appetite for entertainment has been whet by this article, head to that same site to book your tickets immediately. These shows are the best of the best, and seats are going fast, so you’d be wise to be ready by the time the curtain rises on The Car Wash Show.