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A Legendary Night at Legends in Concert

Last updated: March 1, 2017 at 1:08 pm. Posted by in Flamingo Las Vegas, Las Vegas Hotels, Las Vegas Shows, Uncategorized. 1 Comment on A Legendary Night at Legends in Concert.

Legen… wait for it… dary. As Flamingo Las Vegas celebrates its 70th year, everything old is new again at Legends in Concert, the longest-running show on the Vegas Strip. The resort’s award-winning tribute to your favorite musicians celebrates its 34th season with a new opening number choreographed by Lacey Schwimmer from “Dancing with the Stars.”

Shows to see in Vegas - Legends in Concert new opening number

Legends in Concert’s dancers are highlighted in the new opening number. Photo by Levi Walker, courtesy of Legends in Concert.

The constantly evolving show, which has been seen by 6.6 million Las Vegas fans, now begins with a spectacular song-and-dance number – “Legends Never Die” – setting the tone for the tribute performances that follow.

For the first time in the show’s history, Legends in Concert opens with an ensemble number featuring backup vocalists, dancers and featured legends. Each element of the new opening exposes an additional layer of excitement as it is revealed. The Gumby-like dancers stretch the bounds of flexibility as singers and a live band get you in the mood for a thrilling tribute to performers who have passed. Like turning up the radio dial, the ensemble’s energy builds in the opening act until you’re amped up for the main event – the legends.

The show features four tribute artists who each recreate an authentic concert experience. Performers sing in their own voices, paying unique homage to each musical icon while wearing replica costumes and recreating signature dance moves. Video footage from actual concerts completes the experience.

This isn’t just a sit-back-and-watch type of show. You’ll want to sing along to hits you know by heart. Of shows to see in Vegas, you’re guaranteed to truly have fun at Legends in Concert.

The current lineup includes tributes to Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. Imagine how awesome it would be to have four such singers share a stage. It’s the concert that never was but should have been.

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Shows to see in Vegas - Legends in Concert featuring Janis Joplin

The Janis Joplin tribute was in the original Legends show in 1983. Photo by Levi Walker, courtesy of Legends in Concert.

Look forward to the raspy, gritty vocals of bluesy rock goddess Janis Joplin on hits like “Piece of My Heart” and “Bobby McGee.” Joplin was featured in the show’s original 1983 cast and is back again. You’ll be transported to the ’60s as tribute artist Michelle Rohl nails Joplin’s raw power and emotion, not to mention her signature eclectic style, down to the fuzzy boas and velvet bell bottoms.

Shows to see in Vegas - Legends in Concert featuring Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson and his “Thriller” posse. Photo by Levi Walker, courtesy of Legends in Concert.

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, gets the full sequined glove treatment, showcasing his famous dance moves and command of the stage. Tribute artist Damian Brantley’s moonwalk is so smooth you’ll wonder if the stage is rigged with a conveyor belt. Speaking of smooth, this “Smooth Criminal” takes you through Jackson’s hits, building to one “Thriller” of a crescendo. Enough song puns, for now.

Shows to see in Vegas - Legends in Concert featuring Marilyn Monroe

Diamonds are Marilyn’s best friend. Photo by Levi Walker, courtesy of Legends in Concert.

You’ll have major dress envy when blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe shows up in an elegant pink gown with plenty of her best friends. We’re talking diamonds, of course. “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” and Marilyn, portrayed by the beautifully coiffed Stacey Whitton Summers, could be your new bestie as she selects a lucky crowd member to join her on stage. The pin-up star serenades with her sultry coos, guaranteeing a “Heat Wave.” Oops. There we go with the song puns again.

Shows to see in Vegas - Legends in Concert featuring Elvis Presley

Elvis’ back is in the building. Photo by Levi Walker, courtesy of Legends in Concert.

No Las Vegas tribute show is complete without an appearance from The King. Elvis Presley is re-imagined by Kevin Mills, showcasing the singer and actor’s powerful voice and range. He’s got hip swivels and lip snarls for days and gets everyone (last one, for real) “All Shook Up.” Sing and dance along and maybe you’ll even snag one of The King’s coveted scarves.

The show routinely rotates in other exciting tribute acts, including living legends like Britney Spears, Cher, Adele and more. While many of the performers it honors have bowed out, true legends never die and no matter who’s in the lineup, “Legends in Concert” is the ultimate concert mashup.

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Allison came to Las Vegas over a decade ago and fell in love with the city and all its dining and entertainment options. A live music junkie and tequila enthusiast, she has written for Las Vegas Weekly, Las Vegas Sun, Vegas Magazine and Conde Nast's VegasChatter.

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  1. Nathan

    This was a great show. Best Jackson I have ever seen. Was amazing. All the performers was interactive with all of us. Came out to the audience and made us all feel welcome. Must see in Vegas. Well worth the money.