We all enjoy our little guilty pleasures,
especially in Las Vegas. Even the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors
Bureau promotes the destination with its What happens here, stays
here tagline, which says it all.
And thats exactly
where the following shows fit in. Whether theyre trendy, tacky,
campy or long-running old-timers, they are all entertaining and
cost under $75.
variety show at the Riviera boasts a hard-working cast. Its a
high-octane romp best known for its specialty acts, including the
Thunderdome motorcycle riders.
numbers are a little cheesy, but thats half the fun. The Michael
Jackson impersonator is a real talent, and those Thunderdome
daredevils racing around a 14-foot diameter metal globe are
continuously since 1985, Splash may qualify as the tackiest variety
show in Vegas -- which also explains its appeal. Ticket prices
start at $65. Call (702) 734-5110.
confirmed Vegas-bashers are still at it at the Rio. Six-foot-six
Penn Jillettes booming voice provides a nonstop, rapid-fire and
often heady commentary on everything from Vegas magicians to
politics in China to the dangers of his own tricks.
Tellers slow-motion illusions and slightly warped sense of humor,
the duos brand of in-your-face magic is a treat. This act is a
180-degree turn from standard Vegas showroom entertainment, a
thinking mans show in otherwise mindless Las Vegas. Tickets are
$70. For tickets, call the Rio at (888) 746-7784
Stationed at the
Hotel San Remo, located just off the Strip, this fast-paced show
with its topless showgirls has been packing em in for years with a
mix of magic, comedy, music, dance and just a little bit of
illusions are of professional quality. The specialty acts are
alternately amusing and gross, which the crowd seems to
Priced at $39
(including two drinks), the shows tag line sums it up: Magic Never
Looked So Good. For tickets, call (702) 597-6028.
expecting sky-high, bejeweled headdresses and feather boas at this
show, youre in the wrong fantasy. This material is far from the
traditional Vegas-showgirl stereotype.
In a series of
vignettes, the costumers for Midnight Fantasy show us their
interpretation of sexy images: Red leather chaps and cowboy hats,
rhinestone bustiers and black velvet are some of the erotic looks
And its around
those looks -- and eight topless dancers, led by Jennifer Young --
that the story lines of each sketch play out.
Stephanie Jordans vocals, the beauties teasing clients at Luxors
Pharaohs theater never take themselves too seriously.
Lindell Blake and comedian Carole Montgomery provide entertaining
interludes. Tickets are $34.95. Call (702) 262-4000.
As a sheer
monument to excess, the Stratosphere has no equal. This tower also
happens to be the home of one of Las Vegas most popular tribute
shows, American Superstars. (Entertainers previously known as
celebrity impersonators are now referred to as tribute artists.)
And it seems that the Stratospheres tribute show is the genres
Aguilera, Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and
Charlie Daniels are feted here in a nonstop parade of hitmakers.
Damien Brantleys Michael Jackson tribute is dead-on.
Best Entertainment Value in All of Las Vegas by the Las Vegas
Advisor, American Superstars is pure, campy fun. Tickets are
$38.75. Call (702) 380-7777.
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