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“WOW” Brings The Wow Factor To Rio All-Suites Resort & Casino

Last updated: December 6, 2018 at 1:08 pm. Posted by in Las Vegas Shows, Rio Las Vegas, Things to Do in Las Vegas. 2 Comments on “WOW” Brings The Wow Factor To Rio All-Suites Resort & Casino.

First thing we have to say is… wow. Just… wow.

What do dancing pirates, roller skaters, aerialists and a world-class archer all have in common? You, my friend, can see them take the stage — all in one night.

The new WOW Show at Rio Las Vegas is guaranteed to WOW the audience

WOW – The Vegas Spectacular – brings a world of water, wonder and fantasy to the Rio All-Suites Resort & Casino. Photo courtesy of WOW.

Just when you thought you’ve seen it all in a Las Vegas show, think again. We’re certain you’ve seen shows with aerialists, acrobats and water elements but “WOW– The Vegas Spectacular” goes beyond. This is not your typical Vegas variety show.

To date, 2.5 million viewers have already seen this unusual (yet captivating) 90-minute production. The show has more than 30 international performing artists, acrobats and dancers – you’ll even recognize finalists from “America’s Got Talent.” Fun fact: Since each cast member has eight costume changes per show, that’s a whopping 240 different costumes total. (That’ll give you another thing to wow about!)

And for the first time since its opening, “WOW” made its way to the States, premiering inside the Rio All-Suites Resort & Casino. And with a partial theater-in-the-round experience (the stage juts out into the audience), there’s not a bad seat in the house. Let’s get to the fun parts, shall we?

The Stunts

The new WOW show at Rio Las Vegas features crazy stunts

“WOW – The Vegas Spectacular” premiere at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on Oct. 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nev. Photo by Denise Truscello / WireImage.

We’ll kick off the story with the crazy, depth-defying stunts seen throughout “WOW.” Every variety show has its share of outstanding aerialists. In “WOW,” we loved the set of the two women intertwining their bodies – all while holding on to a suspended hoop. (This kind of inspiration motivates us to buy that Pilates special we saw on Groupon!) We also enjoyed the roller-skating trio, who makes their figure skating-like moves even more fun with songs to “You Spin Me Round” and “I Need A Hero.”

Sylvia Sylvia, a semi-finalist from “America’s Got Talent" is featured in the new WOW show at the Rio Las Vegas

Sylvia Sylivia “wows” the crowd. Photo by Denise Truscello / WireImage.

While we love our aerialists and acrobats (heck, some of us can’t even keep our legs straight for a cartwheel), “WOW” offers much more. It’s not every day you see an archer who’s so talented and precise, she’ll make your head spin. We don’t want to give it away, but you’ll be floored how she’s able to shoot an arrow straight through an apple that sits on top of her head. How she does it? You’ll just have to find out. (Fun fact: The archer is Sylvia Sylvia, a semi-finalist from “America’s Got Talent.”)

The Romance  

You'll find romance in the new WOW show at the Rio Las Vegas

Photo by Denise Truscello / WireImage.

For all your hopeless romantics you’ll love the one of the man and woman gracefully twirling around a rope, high above the stage. And for you utterly hopeless romantics, you’ll appreciate the “Titanic” scene, complete with ballroom dancing playing to Céline Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.” But even just focusing on the backdrop’s stunning visuals throughout the show, like the shooting stars and butterflies, will make your heart flutter. Aww!

The Fun

There are so many laughs in the new WOW Show at the Rio Las Vegas

Comedian / mime Alessandro Traisci (in raincoat) is one interesting host. Photo by Denise Truscello / WireImage.

If there’s one thing “WOW” has, it’s a boat load of fun. The dancing pirate number is so elaborate, we thought Captain Jack Sparrow himself would make a cameo. And while the show’s host is super nerdy (think “Austin Powers” nerdy), the crowd loves him. Sit close enough to the stage and you might just be his “lucky” volunteer.

But wait: He’s not the only animated character of the show. There’s also Dickinson Oppong, a Guinness World record-holding human water fountain (who dances to upbeat Calypso-style music) and an Italian chef, who wows us with his ability to spin multiple plates at once. Get ready to sing “That’s Amore!” when he goes on stage.

The Set

We get lost just by admiring the set design for the new WOW show at the Rio Las Vegas

We get lost just by admiring the set design.  Photo by Denise Truscello / WireImage.

Despite the numerous (not to mention, unique) acts you’ll see throughout the evening, we give mad props to the set design. The 3-D digital backdrop left us in awe the entire time. Aside from the aforementioned shooting stars and butterflies, we appreciated everything from the moving clouds, dolphins, sting rays and wildcats to the towering jukebox, boombox and neon green and pink during the roller skaters’ set. At one point, you’ll even take a peaceful gondola ride through Italy. Mamma mia!

The ever-changing digital screen is so mesmerizing, you’ll get lost in it — it’s a show in itself. Since most of the show revolves around water the perfect closing act involves a salute to Gene Kelly’s “Singing In The Rain,” complete with rain and lots of splashing.

The new WOW show at Rio Las Vegas is a must-see Las Vegas show

Photo by Denise Truscello / WireImage.

New WOW Show at the Rio Las Vegas

We don’t want to spoil the show for you; it’s one of those productions you’ll have to experience on your own. Plus, so much goes on in 90 minutes that we can’t describe it all. We do guarantee this: “WOW” is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. And as soon as you exit the theater, you’ll be saying the same exact thing. Combining laughs, stunts and of course, the ongoing stunning visuals, it’s safe to say this is a wow-worthy production.

Rio Las Vegas offers a full slate of spectacular entertainment. Show times are Tuesday through Sunday at 7 p.m., with additional shows from Friday through Sunday at 9 p.m. Show tickets for “WOW” start at $49.

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I live for a crazy Vegas adventure, but not in ways you may think. Sure, our nightlife scene is all fun and dandy, but I love hitting up all the city's vegan spots, having staycations and catching shows by my favorite musical acts. Since I've ditched rainy Seattle 20+ years ago, I graduated from UNLV and covered Las Vegas hotel and entertainment articles for, the LA Times, Frommer's and our very own Total Vegas Blog. When I'm not writing, you'll find me hanging with my two girls, along with our shih-tzu and tiger cat.

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2 Responses

  1. Dorian


  2. Cassandra L Madison

    Yes, this was an awesome show.