Las Vegas Journals

Shows, Shows, Shows: A Reason to Go

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.

"O" by Cirque Du Soleil

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Attraction | "Oh, So Anticipated O"

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When we arrived on Monday, our cabbie told us that the electricity at the Bellagio had gone off the day before. At home, we grow impatient if the electricity is off for 15 minutes, and this is a multimillion-dollar hotel. Fortunately, we were staying at the Mirage, but we had made plans to see O. My husband tried every day to get an assurance that the show would go on Wednesday night. Finally, on Wednesday, the power was on and the performance was scheduled. My husband made me go early that evening because he was so anxious. Still unable to pick up our tickets, we went to the old Barbary Coast casino, where a huge Elvis impersonator was singing some of our favorites to a small crowd. It was free,...Read 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
(888) 987-3456

Danny Gans (The Performance)

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Attraction | "Danny Gans"

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There are people who can do impersonations, but Danny Gans is remarkable. I love going to a show like his because I can feel as if I have seen dozens of my favorite performers in one night. Quite frankly, I had never heard of Danny Gans before we came to Vegas. That is why all the billing of singer of the year, comedian of the year, and show of the year seemed strange to me and like a commercial build-up for an act. 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 ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 1, 2004

Danny Gans (The Performance)
Mirage Hotel Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 791-7111

Mamma Mia (The Show)

Attraction | "Mamma Mia"

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This is my favorite show in Vegas. We went there with my son, and he purchased the tickets, so I'm not sure how much he paid. He had seen the Broadway production and wanted us to see the show. He says it was somewhat better on Broadway, but I loved what I saw in Vegas. It is amazing to me how the show takes ABBA's songs and makes them fit into a story in which they make perfect sense: not just one or two songs, but nearly every song ABBA made popular. My son bought me a CD of the performance, and I liked it so much that I bought an ABBA CD just to see if it was different. Only the order of the songs is different. At the end of the performance the singers come out and sing some extra songs, inclu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 1, 2004

Mamma Mia (The Show)
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino / 3930 Las Vegas Blvd N
Las Vegas, Nevada 89115
(702) 632-9325

To Go or Not to Go: That Is the Question

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Prices may be a deterrent, and as much as some shows cost, the buyer should beware. We want our money's worth. It is remarkable how many shows are available in one place, and that may make it more difficult to choose. That's one big difference between a hometown auditorium and the Vegas strip. As many times as one goes to Vegas, there will always be a new act to see. Sometimes it is disappointing to go thinking that this will be the time to see a certain act, only to find that the star is on vacation. 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 co...Read More