Abby Tegnelia

Top 10 Vegas Shows

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Choosing a show can be a daunting task. Let us help narrow down your options.

Vegas is the entertainment capitol of the world and millions flock to the Strip each year for the very best the stage has to offer. Here are our picks for the best shows and entertainment spots in town.



Absinthe is one of those shows that is better the less you know about it – but then you’ll go back again and again. Death-defying acts performed extremely close to the audience are at the heart of this can-do, old-school circus show in a tent in front of Caesars Palace. But the real stars are the raunchy MC and his perverted little assistant who men fall in love with. One tip: Don’t sit in the front row if you’re shy.

Jersey Boys (Jersey Boys will be closing on Sunday, September 18, 2016)
Broadway shows have had mixed results on the Strip, but Jersey Boys, now at Paris Las Vegas, is definitely one of the biggest hits. Foot-stomping music takes the audience on a rousing journey with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. You’ll be singing “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What a Night,” and “Sherry” for the rest of your night.

The beautiful production of O is a favorite for date night, thanks to the mesmerizing choreography on a watery stage. The theater, inside Bellagio, was the first to use custom aquatic staging to wow the audience by pushing the limits of its athletes. Curious clown-esque performers break the ice, between international troupes who could seemingly walk on water they’re so good.

Boyz II Men
Women go wild for Boyz II Men – literally jumping out of their seats for the chance to go home with a rose from the R&B stars. The audience at the Mirage resident show is usually about 90 percent female, who nearly faint during romantic ballads like “I’ll Make Love to You” and “End of the Road.” Shawn Stockman is fun and flirty and plays off of the more chill Nathan Morris and Wanya Morris, and all show impressive charisma and comedic timing. The best part? VIP tickets include a meet-and-greet and photo op after the show.

Le Reve
Wynn’s watery masterpiece is sexier than many of the Cirque du Soleil shows down the street, matching sultry dance moves with underwater stunts for a show that’s truly spectacular. The audience sits in a circular formation around the changing pool of water, with the top row being VIP seats that come with champagne and a voyeuristic look under the water via personal TV monitors.

Michael Jackson: One

Michael Jackson One

Photo Credit: MGM Resorts International

It was only a matter of time before Cirque du Soleil took on the King of Pop himself. Michael Jackson comes to life (a chilling hologram during “Man in the Mirror” makes this pseudo-accurate) during Mandalay Bay’s One. The show is a high-flying tribute using gravity-defying vertical moves, the best dancing in the business, and of course the hits that everybody knows, including “Thriller,” “Billie Jean,” and “Black and White.” You’ll melt during the highlights from Jackson’s childhood.

A nod to old-fashioned circuses, Mystere (the oldest Cirque show on the Strip) features a diverse string of acts from around the world. Newly-updated with two new acts in the storied Treasure Island theater, the production shows off contortionists, trapeze, and even clowns – all in the mold of the inventive and sometime silly French Canadian Cirque.

The Beatles: Love
Love, set to Beatles hits such as “Here Comes the Sun” and “Hey Jude,” is an absolute treat – even for those too young to be fans. Please go, even if you claim not to know the music. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” is a beautiful aerial spectacle, and the whole cast shines during elaborate group numbers to songs like “I am the Walrus.” Fun costumes, talented little kids, and awe-inspiring acts make Love, at The Mirage, one of the most popular Cirque du Soleil shows on the Strip.

David Copperfield
Old-school Vegas magic at its finest, David Copperfield’s show at MGM Grand sells out night after night. The master illusionist lures fans from all over the world to his popular performance, which will leave even the staunchest non-believers speechless. Known for his sense of humor, Copperfield interacts effortlessly with his fans, making audience participation a huge part of his acts, which include walking through metal and shrinking.

The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Built for Celine Dion ten years ago, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace is now home to an impressive rotating coterie of A-list stars, including Elton John, Shania Twain, Rod Stewart – and Celine herself, of course. All of the shows are amazing productions of greatest and current hits, and choreographed with help from the stars to be personal odes to their careers, from Shania’s favorite horse to Rod’s powerful soccer kick into the balconies.

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