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The 5 Best Las Vegas Shows You Haven’t Seen Yet

Last updated: October 27, 2015 at 5:11 pm. Posted by in Celebrities, Las Vegas Shows. 9 Comments on The 5 Best Las Vegas Shows You Haven’t Seen Yet.

Britney Spears

Britney Spears said it herself in her 2009 smash song “Circus”: “I’m a put-on-a-show kind of girl,” and she truly delivers in her resident spectacle, “Britney: Piece of Me” at Planet Hollywood. Spears herself came up with the idea to incorporate wow-factor elements into her first big production. Fire, water, confetti “snow” and rainfall ultimately made it in, along with an army of insanely talented backup dancers, glittering costumes and Spears front-and-center. She goes through hit after hit with ease, from the futuristic-looking opener to the dreamy “Everytime” sequence where she dons angel wings.

Whether you simply love Vegas-style production shows or want to see this icon live, “Piece of Me” doesn’t disappoint. Just ask the thousands of fans next to you who will be standing up and singing along in a Britney-mania fervor the entire time.

Tip: In the mood to party or with a large group? Book a VIP Table package for bottle service, front seats, dedicated check-in and even a meet-and-greet with Britney.

Penn & Teller

Dynamic duo Penn & Teller are famed around the world—and at the Rio—for their unique style when it comes to blending illusions, comedy and awe-inspiring performance. Penn likes to rant and debunk magic myths while silent Teller is often the brains behind the tricks—or the potential victim of stunts gone awry. It may center around magic, but the show is way more than card tricks. It’s undoubtedly surprising, mystifying and entertaining all at once, offering something for everyone. There’s also plenty of audience interaction, in between Teller catching a fired bullet between his teeth, that is.

Tip: Both Penn and Teller stick around after the show to take pictures with every single person who wants one.

The Green Fairy in "Absinthe," AKA Melody Sweets, adds a burlesque element to the show with her striptease. Photo by Tom Donoghue

The Green Fairy in “Absinthe,” AKA Melody Sweets, adds a burlesque element to the show with her striptease. Photo by Tom Donoghue


You won’t quite know what to expect when walking into the circus-inspired Spiegelworld Tent that houses “Absinthe.” There are first-come, first-served seats that circle the intimate dome, but beware: front row seats can get you right in the middle of the action of The Gazillionaire, Penny Pibbets and their cast of characters. “Absinthe” mixes adult comedy, acrobatics, singing, variety acts and cabaret.

If you’re on a tight budget or only have time for a single show, you get all in one here. In between jaw-dropping high wire and chair stunts, expect ultra-raunchy humor from the zany hosts (who may even pick on you) and a knockout burlesque performance by Melody Sweets.

Tip: The show venue tent is located in Caesars Palace’s Roman Plaza, by the main valet.

Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly

His new show at The LINQ Las Vegas, “Magic Reinvented Nightly,” might be Mat Franco’s first headlining Las Vegas residency, but he is no stranger to Sin City. The funny, talented season nine winner of “America’s Got Talent” actually starred in his own Vegas show when he was just 15 years old! Now, the charming magician is all grown up and appears in an all-new, full-scale production at The LINQ Theater, which brings his intimate and inventive spins on magic and storytelling to new audiences nightly (save for Wednesdays).

Tip: There is a lot of audience participation in this show, so no two performances are the same. Try to get seats near the middle of the theater to get closest to the interactive action.

Rod Stewart

Stewart is one of the few icons to claim residency at the The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. His show is beloved around the world by fans who see it multiple times and bring their whole families. Part of the appeal of “Rod Stewart: The Hits” is listening to Stewart take you through the decades as he belts out early career favorites like “Maggie May” to instantly recognizable hits such as “Tonight’s The Night” and “Have I Told You Lately.”

His stage presence alone proves that the global icon hasn’t aged a day, dancing and singing better than ever with his unmistakable gravelly voice. He goes back and forth between singing with his full band to a few acoustic songs and covers, all while grooving like a bona fide rock legend. If a lively, showstopping music concert is what you’re looking for, add “Rhythm Of My Heart” rocker Hot Rod to the top of your list.
Tip: Stewart frequently heads out into the audience aisles to sing and kick around soccer balls, so try to book a seat on the edge of the railing.

Some guys have all the luck, like Rod Stewart.

Some guys have all the luck, like Rod Stewart.

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A 15-year Las Vegas resident, Emma Trotter has worked in the media industry since 2006, with a focus on entertainment journalism and celebrity news. Holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism & Media Studies from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, she has worked as a copywriter, editor, writer, reporter, blogger and produced several photo shoots for local lifestyle magazines. A true advocate of the city's diverse offerings and glitzy lifestyle, Emma has promoted Las Vegas extensively, whether writing about its top hidden gems, to exploring its rich, fascinating history or covering Las Vegas’s social scene and real estate, fashion, beauty, nightlife, dining and profiling the top influential executives.

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9 Responses

  1. Megan Griffin

    Hi Emma,

    Me and three of my best friends are visiting Vegas for the first time this weekend coming up. We are flying in Saturday and have tickets to Britany that evening. Can you give me some ideas or like a top ten must do list? I am coming with 2 gay men and another fabulous woman and we are celebrating our 30th birthday. Any advice on the hot spots for dinner, night clubbing, day clubbing at a pool, shopping and attractions? Thank you for your help!


  2. Emma Trotter

    Hi Megan. Thanks for reaching out! This sounds like an exciting trip! Definitely I would suggest going to Liaison, which is a fabulous, glamorous new gay club at Bally’s, and the only gay club on the Strip. Also for pools, I’d do Drai’s Beach Club, the view is to die for and it’s very luxurious. It’s on the roof of Cromwell. Caesars Palace’s pool complex is also huge with 7 different pool experiences. You guys all have to be sure and ride the High Roller wheel attraction, and I’d suggest a time of dusk/sunset (730 ish) so you get a little bit of daylight and a little bit of our nighttime lights view all in one ride. Then walk around The LINQ district where the wheel is, and definitely hit Kitson and Ruby Blue in there for shopping! As far as dining, try to score a reservation at Giada at The Cromwell, and I’d also suggest Nobu and Spago at Caesars Palace, plus Bacchanal Buffet there, which is a super fun, upscale chic buffet. Trust me! VooDoo Lounge provides great views, because it’s a rooftop nightclub at Rio, and Drai’s Nightclub is great if you want to really splurge and be somewhere super trendy with a mix of music. If you can swing it, I’d also book a treatment at Qua spa at Caesars. It is pure heaven and worth it!

  3. Jennifer Moody

    Oooo! QUA Spa! Spago! Caesars pools! Voodoo Lounge! So many of my favorites! Also RAOS and Vosges at Caesars are great! And watch the Bellagio Fountains! And tell me how Guada’s restaurant is!! 🙂 Have a great time!

  4. Emma Trotter

    Thanks for reading Jennifer, we’re so glad you love all those amazing venues! Here is the dish on Giada:

  5. My wife and I will be coming back to Las Vegas for 3 days arriving 10/12/14. I would like to find out how to get the terrace tickets for the Red Bull air races. It came up while I was checking on room at Planet Hollywood, but I can’t find it now. Would like to see 1 or 2 shows while there this time and I’m planning on a trip to Hoover Dam again if possible. Any help you might provide would be appreciated and Thank You in advance, Mike.

  6. Emma Trotter

    Hi Mike! I’d suggest calling Planet Hollywood concierge, who can definitely help with Hoover Dam and likely help with the Red Bull air race. (702) 785-5544.
    This site also has ticketing info:

  7. All is good in Las Vegas

  8. Danny

    I have a tickey for my wife for Britney concert and really trying my best to figure out a way to get my wife to meet Britney Spears as she has been a fan her whole life living in Brazil and now in Canada. Does anyone know who to chat with regarding this as we will be out there in Feb next year for her show on the 25th.
    Any help would be super



  9. Emma Trotter

    Hi Danny, yes there are meet and greet tickets available for every Britney show! Call Planet Hollywood at 702-777-2782 or 866-693-2425