An April 2004 trip
to Las Vegas by Free Spirit
Quote: I love the shows. The prices for some are exorbitant, but as thrifty as I am, I will fork out big bucks for the special appeal of a Vegas show: Mamma Mia, Danny Gans, O, Comedy Club, and David Copperfield. I'll rate a few I've seen recently.
Attraction | "Oh, So Anticipated O"
When we returned to the Bellagio, there was a long line of people waiting for tickets and computers were still down. Nevertheless, with our confirmation number in hand, we purchased our tickets. I thought that the show should be awesome at that price and after all that difficulty. Our spirits were lifted somewhat by an extremely nice group of security people who permitted us to go in and sit down. We were very early, but enjoyed sitting in the theater, which is more impressive than many in Vegas. It was interesting to me that they sell popcorn. When the show finally was about to begin, there were some strange-looking people in costume circulating around the theater. Two mimes came out. We thought they were rather rude and in the spotlight too long. We wanted the "real" show to begin.
When the curtain rose, there was activity everywhere and the opening was dynamic. A stage of water that can be controlled is unique. (O is eau, the French word for water.) The acrobatics were amazing. The athletes do precision dives, jumps, tosses, etc. It is Cirque du Soleil, after all. However, my husband began to doze when the two mimes came out again. He has seen Mystere and thinks it's better. We had expected so much from O that it just wasn't as electric as we had hoped. Pardon the pun. Maybe you'll expect less and enjoy it more.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 1, 2004
"O" by Cirque Du Soleil
Bellagio Casino, 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Attraction | "Danny Gans"
Anyone can say they are wonderful, but he actually delivers. My husband loved his act and was amazed by his ability to sound like so many people. His selection of songs and comedy were wonderful. The only fault I found with the performance was that we had good seats near the stage and, unfortunately, near the speakers, too. I found myself holding my hands over my ears when the music was really loud. My husband did not seem to be bothered by that.
I enjoyed the music so much that I purchased a Danny Gans CD on which he sings his own songs in his own voice. It is an interesting CD, and I enjoyed it. My husband preferred the performance we saw on stage with Gans' incredible ability to sound like others, singing songs that are familiar to us. I tend to agree but am glad to have a different perspective with the selections on the CD. Even Gans made a joke about how much the show costs, but the theater was filled the night we were there. It is a very good show, filled with energy.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 1, 2004
Danny Gans (The Performance)
Mirage Hotel Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Attraction | "Mamma Mia"
Mamma Mia (The Show)
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino / 3930 Las Vegas Blvd N
Las Vegas, Nevada 89115
Our experiences with the shows we've seen have been pretty good. We have gotten free tickets by going through the timeshare tours, clipped coupons, and splurged. The funny thing is that the cost of the show does not necessarily mean that it will be the best. We have laughed as much at an inexpensive show at the Stratosphere a few years ago as we have at the Comedy Club. Nevertheless, we also enjoyed the comedians at the Comedy Club. The show there is a little less expensive than the headliners. I am less inclined to go there, however. We have a comedy club at home.
At the Follies we were impressed less by the dancers than by the comedy acts that were a part of the show. Sheena Easton was a special treat when we saw her show. In fact, she may be the one who turned me on to Vegas shows. She was at the Hilton at the time, and the theater was a rather intimate setting with everyone close to the stage. She was funny, and the music was wonderful. We saw David Copperfield recently, and I did not enjoy him as much. If you have seen his act on television, save your money. His Vegas show is basically a repeat of that. Do see Mamma Mia if you like ABBA. If you don't, you might be converted. My husband's favorite might be Danny Gans. We have seen O, but perhaps because we were tired or because of the effort it took to attend, we were less impressed. I look forward to returning to Vegas, and when we do, you know that I will be looking for a terrific new show.