Las Vegas is called the "Entertainment Capital of the World" for good reason. Since its Rat Pack Days, the city has been associated with legendary shows and entertainers, Cirque du Soleil spectaculars, world-renowned concert headliners, Broadway-caliber productions, award-winning magicians and unique-to-Las Vegas production shows.
Today, the Las Vegas entertainment scene still has plenty of classic glamour, but it has evolved to include so much more.
The Las Vegas entertainment scene offers something for everyone. You can always find something new - like Britney Spears at Planet Hollywood, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill at The
Venetian, "Blue Man Group" at Monte Carlo, Cirque du Soleil's "Zarkana" at ARIA and "Rock of Ages" at The Venetian.
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is the centerpiece of downtown Las Vegas' Symphony Park development. Having opened in March 2012, the state-of-the-art facility contains three theatres, including the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall. The Smith Center is also the home of the Nevada Ballet Theatre and the Las Vegas Philharmonic.
Cirque du Soleil and its ethereal combination of acrobats and special effects dazzle audiences all along the Strip. The group produces shows for a variety of properties in the destination. The two newest productions include "Michael Jackson ONE" at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino and "Zarkana" at ARIA Resort & Casino.
The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil joined forces to create a permanent show based on the music and songs of Michael Jackson. In collaboration with the estate of Michael Jackson, Circue du Soleil has created a visual spectacle set to the incomparable music of the King of Pop with "Michael Jackson ONE" at Mandalay Bay.
"Zarkana" is a visually stunning modern acrobatic spectacular ARIA Resort & Casino. Following
hugely successful engagement at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Arena Madrid and Moscow's Kremlin State Palace Theatre, "Zarkana" opened in November 2012. Set in a world where physical ability meets the extraordinary of Cirque du Soleil, "Zarkana" has been seen by more than 1.5 million people during its triumphant 2011-2012 international run.
Four-time GRAMMY Award-winning R&B vocal group, Boyz II Men began an extended residency
at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in early 2013. The trio, featuring baritone Nathan Morris alongside tenors Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman, will perform 78 shows in the Terry Fator Theatre through December 2013.
"PIN UP," inspired by classic pin up girl calendars, has taken the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel &
Tower by storm. Featuring PLAYBOY's 2011 Playmate of the Year and Bettie Page clothing model Claire Sinclair, "PIN UP" features an impressive cast of dancers, singers and a live six-piece band with a horn section led by acclaimed trumpeter, conductor and composer Dave Perrico. The fast-paced production transports audiences to another time where beautiful women are clad in corsets and garter stockings and accented by ruby red lips.
After thirty years of continued success, "Legends in Concert" recently graced the Flamingo Showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas with an all-star lineup that includes tributes to entertainment icons Brittney Spears, Elvis Presley, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson and Rod Stewart.
"Million Dollar Quartet" tells the untold story of four rock ‘n' roll legends-Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins. The Tony Award-winning performance is at Harrah's Las Vegas in the Harrah's showroom.
The history of rock ‘n' roll has come alive like never before with "Raiding the Rock Vault," a one-of-a-kind rock concert experience boasting the ultimate set list at LVH-Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Narrated, sung and acted along with compelling imagery, including historical footage, the show transports the audience back to a magical musical journey from 1948 to 1989, traversing the genre's history chronologically through the ‘40s, ‘50s, '60s, '70s and '80s. The show features classic anthems from The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Jimi
Hendrix, The Eagles, Queen, Van Halen, AC/DC, Journey, Free, Bryan Adams, Supertramp, Toto, Deep Purple and more.
Bellagio's "O" is the troupe's first foray into aquatic theater, featuring a cast of 81 artists performing in and above a pool containing 1.5 million gallons of water.
Cirque du Soleil's "Zumanity" opened September 2003 at New York-New York.
In 2005, the fourth Cirque du Soleil show, "KÀ," debuted at MGM Grand.
In June 2006, "The Beatles LOVE" opened at The Mirage. Based on the music of The Beatles, the project was begun by the late George Harrison and Guy Laliberté, Cirque's founder. "LOVE" is presented in a custom-built theater featuring 360-degree seating, high-definition projections with 100-foot high digital, moving images in addition to a panoramic sound system.
"Criss Angel BeLIEve" is a partnership between the master illusionist and Cirque du Soleil showing at Luxor. Fusing together revolutionary illusions and mystical artistry with acrobatics, dance, puppetry, music and poetry, Angel reinvents the traditional magic show.
"Le Rêve," French for "The Dream," calls Wynn Las Vegas home. Franco Dragone produced this show, which resides in the Wynn Theater. Water serves as the backdrop for the more than 70
performers who move in and out of a one-million-gallon pool.
Set in L.A.'s infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, "Rock of Ages" at The Venetian tells the story of Drew, a boy from south Detroit, and Sherrie, a small-town girl, both in L.A. to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love. "Rock of Ages" takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair!
For feathers, sequins, showgirls and tuxedo-clad dancers, "Jubilee!" is the multi-million dollar
production show at Bally's Las Vegas. Opened in 1981, the over-the-top show is the longest-running Strip production.
"Blue Man Group's" Las Vegas production can now be seen at Monte Carlo in their custom-built, multi-million dollar theater. "Blue Man Group" is a colorful, interactive show. The groundbreaking performance-art trio playfully incorporates everything from PVC pipes to energetic, percussive music in their productions.
The "Bad Boys of Magic" can be seen at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The "Penn and Teller" show is an edgy mix of comedy and magic involving knives, guns, fire, a gorilla and a showgirl. While Penn and Teller supposedly reveal the secrets to their tricks, they still manage to leave audiences wondering how they do it. Penn and Teller have extended their show through 2013.
"Jersey Boys," the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical at Paris Las Vegas, takes visitors behind the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The show features golden greats such as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," and many more.
Carlos Santana takes over House of Blues at Mandalay Bay with his resident show "An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live - Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow."
Classic Las Vegas showrooms may offer a close glimpse of superstars with seating that accommodates several hundred to more than 4,000 guests. Las Vegas' larger arena-style venues can host crowds well into the tens of thousands.
Event centers and arenas sell out regularly and have featured myriad celebrity acts including U2, Rolling Stones, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Cher, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Garth Brooks and many more.
In March 2013, MGM Resorts International and AEG announced their pursuit to develop a privately funded 20,000-seat indoor arena in Las Vegas located west of the Strip, between New York-New York and Monte Carlo. The state-of-the-art entertainment facility will extend from Las Vegas Boulevard to Frank Sinatra Drive and include two new retail shops, dining and entertainment options.
Palms Casino Resort's concert venue, The Pearl, seats 2,400 guests and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that links to their in-house studio for recording live albums.
The MGM Grand Garden Arena is a 17,157-seat special events arena that can accommodate concerts, sporting events and awards shows.
Performers as versatile as the destination itself have played to capacity crowds at the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center. The Three Tenors, Ricky Martin, Juan Gabriel, Barenaked Ladies, Andrea Bocelli, Tim McGraw and Eagles are just some of the artists who have brought their talents to the venue. World championship boxing and other sporting events are also held at the Events Center.
The $95 million The Colosseum at Caesars Palace is the contemporary interpretation of its ancient namesake in Rome. The 4,000-seat facility is home to Shania Twain. The facility is adaptable to various types of entertainment when resident shows are dark. In addition to accommodating headliners, it can be configured to host special events, including boxing.
Similar to its Los Angeles counterpart, legendary and up-and-coming musical artists have made stops at Mandalay Bay's House of Blues, an intimate venue with a capacity of 1,800. Performers have included Norah Jones, Everclear and Cheap Trick.
Hard Rock Hotel has a premiere concert venue, The Joint, featuring a cutting-edge sound and lighting system and offering seven luxury suites. Inheriting its name from the legendary original
Hard Rock Hotel performance venue, the new Joint carries on the up-close and personal feel with the furthest seat in the house only 155 feet from the stage. In addition, the venue contains four dressing rooms; a top-notch green room and meet-and-greet room; Wi-Fi access with full blogging station for press covering events; ability to transform for boxing, wrestling, mixed martial arts events, corporate functions and trade shows; as well as red carpet movie premieres and advanced screenings.
Mainstream comedians such as George Wallace, Dennis Miller, Rita Rudner, Ray Romano, Jerry Seinfeld, Lewis Black, Drew Carey, Jay Mohr, Kathy Griffin, Margaret Cho and Kevin James headline many hotel showrooms and are regulars on the Las Vegas Strip.
Comedy-magician Mac King at Harrah's Las Vegas, presents "The Mac King Comedy Magic Show" through 2015 to complete a historic 15-year run. "The Mac King Comedy Magic Show" has entertained more than a million audience members in more than 5,200 shows since opening in 2000.
LAS VEGAS EMERGES AS EDM CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
No place rivals Las Vegas for sizzling nightlife. Must-see clubs include Marquee Dayclub & Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, Tao Las Vegas at The Venetian, LAVO at The Palazzo, Surrender and Encore Beach Club at Encore Las Vegas, PURE at Caesars Palace, LAX at Luxor, VANITY at the Hard Rock Hotel, Chateau Nightclub and Gardens at Paris and many more.
Las Vegas is a unique place year round, but the summer season really defines the destination
for leisure travel. The destination has invested significantly in creating a vibrant culture of daylife and nightlife that is unlike any other in the world.
With more than 39 million visitors annually, Las Vegas has experienced increased visitor volume driven with an electrifying line-up of special events at an exceptional value. Forecasted numbers during Memorial Day weekend, show 311,000 tourists celebrated in Las Vegas, an increase of 2 percent from last year. In addition, the holiday weekend saw an estimated 2.1 percent increase in non-gaming revenue, at $186.2 million in 2011.
Touted as the new hub for dance music, Las Vegas offers a lineup of exciting DJs that will heat up anyone's night. Las Vegas has become a nightlife capital of the world, and on any given
night there are thousands of people filling the clubs. Internationally-acclaimed DJs with Vegas residencies include Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Tiesto, Kaskade, David Guetta, AVICII, DJ Vice, Lil Jon, Red Foo, Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong and many more.
Five-level restaurant and nightlife experience, Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand Hotel & casino has already established itself as a premier destination for electronic music aficionados
with performances and residencies with some of the world's most celebrated DJs, including GRAMMY Award-nominated Tiesto and deadmau5. Both famed electronic music icons recently signed exclusive residencies with Hakkasan Las Vegas.
ELECTRONIC DAISY CARNIVAL (EDC)
North America's largest electronic music festival (EDC) is held annually at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in June.
Celebrating its 17th anniversary, EDC features a music line-up of more than 100 artists and
headliners, which have included AVICII, Marcus Schulz, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto and David Guetta.
The 2013 festival featured more than 200 performers, including dancers, fire twirlers, aerialists, and stilt walkers, plus numerous full size carnival rides and attractions free for all ticket holders.
The 1,000-acre Las Vegas Motor Speedway transformed into a fully immersive audiovisual experience as large-scale art installations created interactive environments amidst the multiple stages, along with state-of-the-art lighting and sound production.