LAS VEGAS -- Travel agents can score their clients prime seats to
most of the hottest shows in Las Vegas and earn 9% commission to
boot from entertainment ticket consolidator Keith Prowse
"The hottest shows," according to Kevin Streit, managing
director of the company's Las Vegas office, "would be 'O' [a Cirque
du Soleil production] at Bellagio; 'EFX' [starring '80s pop star
Rick Springfield] at MGM; 'Blue Man Group' at Luxor; Siegfried
& Roy at the Mirage, as well as Michael Flatley's 'Lord of the
Dance' at New York-New York.
"We're usually guaranteed the first 10 rows," he added.
Especially popular shows like "Blue Man Group" often sell out a
week before the show date, Streit cautioned, but agents will be
advised if they're not going to get good seats for the show and
Prowse consolidates tickets to most shows, but some must be booked
directly, including Siegfried & Roy and the Cirque du Soleil
productions "O" and "Mystere," which plays at Treasure Island.
"Tony and Tina's Wedding" was scheduled to open at the Rio
Suites Casino on Feb. 1. Tickets for the show are $103 for VIP
seats and $89 for standard adult seats.
A huge off-Broadway hit, the Italian-American wedding comedy
involves audience members as guests of the wedding reception.
"I expect that show to be very popular," Streit said.
While "Blue Man Group" and "Tony and Tina's Wedding" were
established hits in New York before heading west, tourists still
will find shows that are unabashedly, quintessentially Vegas.
"Shows like 'Jubilee' at Bally's provide the extravaganza --
girls, costumes -- that old Las Vegas was noted for," according to
Frank Curhan, leisure travel specialist with Preferred Travel
Services in Las Vegas and past president of the South Nevada ASTA
chapter. Tickets for 'Jubilee' cost $69.
In fact, a number of shows have been playing for years and are
still doing well.
They include "Splash" at the Riviera Hotel, "basically one of
the only shows on the Strip that features ice skating and skating
stars, sexy showgirls and motorcycle stuntmen," said Streit.
Tickets for "Splash" are priced at $57.
"Folies Bergere" has been playing at the Tropicana since 1959,
making it the longest-running show in Las Vegas history. Tickets
start at $61.
"Terrific showgirls," Streit said of the production, "one of the
Old Vegas shows that is still playing and still very, very
"Folies Bergere" is a topless show, he noted, so it's not for
children. Guests need to be age 21 or older.
"Legends in Concert" at the Imperial Palace, with performers
impersonating the likes of Elvis and Madonna, also draws a
consistent crowd, Streit said.
Regular tickets are priced at $33 and $20 for children ages 12
Perhaps the ultimate Las Vegas nostalgia trip is "The Rat Pack
Is Back" show at the Sahara Hotel, which re-creates the Rat Pack's
celebration of Frank Sinatra's 46th birthday on Dec. 12, 1961.
Tickets for "The Rat Pack Is Back" are priced at $52.68.
The Rat Pack consisted of Sinatra (played by Steve
Lippia), singer/dancer Sammy Davis Jr. (Doug Starks), singer
Dean Martin (Rick Michel),
comedian Joey Bishop (Mark Cohen) and actor Peter Lawford, who
is not portrayed in the show.
"[The production] is like you're back in the Old Vegas," Streit
said. "For people who want to see Las Vegas the way it used to be,
I'd really recommend that show.
"It's almost like an ad-lib. They'll just do their own thing on
Appropriately, the Sahara Hotel, where the show plays, opened in
1952, and the Congo Room, where the show is staged, saw the Las
Vegas debuts of Tony Bennett and Marlene Dietrich in the 1950s.
A spokesman for the hotel said the property is negotiating with
the producers of "The Rat Pack Is Back" to extend the show's
contract indefinitely. The contract is set to expire March 31.
So, what's not to like about Las Vegas entertainment these
High ticket prices for the really popular shows, Curhan
For "O," tickets are running at a pricey $121, including tax.
They started at around $100 when the show opened in April 1998.
Cirque du Soleil's "Mystere," which debuted back in 1993, is a
little more affordable at $88.
"Blue Man Group," tickets at the Luxor run $102. Conversely, in
New York's Astor Place Theatre, where the show originated, tickets
are $55 and $65.
As for the other hot shows Streit cited, tickets are $102 for
"EFX," $71 for "Lord of the Dance" and $100.50, including two
cocktails and gratuity, for Siegfried & Roy.
Another complaint Curhan has heard is that some
shows "go on in the same format for years," without refreshing
their productions, "limiting opportunities for repeat
Other shows have solid, fresh productions but don't fit in well
with the destination.
"Notre Dame de Paris," which had a short run at the Paris hotel,
played well in the real Paris and London, but its tone was too
serious for the Las Vegas tourist market, Curhan said.
For additional information, contact Keith Prowse International
at (800) 370-7553 or visit the company's Web site at www.keithprowse.com.