Las Vegas is known as the Entertainment Capital of the World — what makes the destination truly shine is the live entertainment that visitors can experience while they’re exploring all that Only Vegas has to offer. From star-studded residencies to spectacular production shows to comedy sets by today’s top names, there is always a live show to experience in fabulous Las Vegas.
To make your trip to Vegas even more fantastic, we’re breaking down the must-see shows to experience while you’re in the destination. Enjoy LIVE to the fullest in the epicenter of entertainment.
The World’s Most Recognized Residencies
The most recognizable icons of the music industry have made a home here in Las Vegas. Residencies offer a unique opportunity to experience the very best of your favorite artist’s album catalog — on any given night a pop star will throw it back with a retro chart-topper, or a country star will perform a fan favorite from the depths of their discography.
So, who’s performing? George Strait, Katy Perry, Usher and Silk Sonic have all recently offered their talents on the Vegas stage. Almost every iconic performer in the music business has presented a residency in Las Vegas.
The Strip offers a multitude of performing spaces where you can catch the very best of the music industry. From grand theaters like Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas, to massive stages such as T-Mobile Arena and Allegiant Stadium, the destination offers venues for every kind of iconic performer (and their audience).
And that’s only the beginning — the residency roster spans every musical genre, even including EDM superstars at the destination’s nightclubs. Whether you’re seeing a set from superstars like Zedd or The Chainsmokers or watching up-and-coming dance-music talent, there’s always a nightclub to dance the night away to some stellar sounds.
The Destination for Some Hilarious Laughs
Comedy has been a part of the Vegas entertainment landscape for decades. From the Rat Pack to Don Rickles and so much more, the early days led to the current — and extremely exciting lineup — that the destination offers.
Vegas offers shows from resident headliners, tour stops from pop-culture favorites, and full-on production shows with comedy at the center. With acts like Carrot Top at Luxor Hotel & Casino and Tape Face at Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino to series such as The Aces of Comedy at The Mirage and so much more, it’s easy to work in a comedy show in your Vegas itinerary.
The Hub for Cirque du Soleil’s Striking Spectaculars
The international circus troupe Cirque du Soleil set up shop in Las Vegas years ago, with several resident shows dotting the Las Vegas Strip. The productions feature everything from aerialists to gymnasts and dancers, all while fantastic music propels the stories being told on stage.
The production company has several options to choose from, including the original Mystère at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino and the most-recent addition of Mad Apple at New York-New York Hotel & Casino.
The Destination for Fun and Fantastic Musical Theater
Visitors have their pick of several musical theater offerings while in the destination. If you’re looking for something hot off the Great White Way, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts offers its Broadway Las Vegas series each year.
Beyond those seasonal offerings, the destination also includes an exciting lineup of stage spectaculars throughout the year. From original concepts to tried-and-true favorites, musicals are always on the menu in Las Vegas.
There are pop-culture productions like FRIENDS! The Unauthorized Musical Parody at The Orleans Hotel & Casino, comedy-centric shows such as Menopause The Musical at Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, and out-of-the-box offerings including Zombie Burlesque at Miracle Mile Shops inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
The Magic Happens On (and Off) the Stage in Vegas
Magic acts have also been a staple of Vegas entertainment since its rise to being the Entertainment Capital of the World. Illusionists, comedy magicians and more have made the destination a beacon of the seemingly unexplained for years and years.
Las Vegas is home to the top magicians in the game, who put on shows that dazzle audiences throughout the week. One of the greatest illusionists on the globe, David Copperfield maintains a residency at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. His contemporary counterpart, Criss Angel, also puts on quite a show with his Mindfreak production at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
The Productions that Offer a Little Bit of Everything
Las Vegas is synonymous with live music, comedy, magic and production shows. But the fun doesn’t end there! Some shows in the Entertainment Capital of the World encompass everything you’d want from an entertaining night out on the town.
RuPaul’s Drag Race LIVE! at Flamingo Las Vegas presents opportunities to see the world’s most talented queens doing what they do best: WERK! Meanwhile, America’s Best Dance Crew winner, Jabbawockeez, continues to enthrall audiences with its mind-blowing moves at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. Beyond that, visitors can enjoy some zany variety entertainment at The Atomic Saloon Show at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas.
No matter what show you opt for in Las Vegas, you’re guaranteed to be entertained. With immense talent, hilarious laughs, killer dance moves, and fantastical production value, you simply can’t go wrong no matter what fabulous LIVE in Vegas show you decide to pursue.
After you’ve settled on what amazing entertainment you’ll be planning your night around, be sure to check out the destination’s delicious culinary choices and thrilling attractions to round out your special night out! There is so much to experience in Las Vegas, so what are you waiting for? Book your trip now and get started on that itinerary that’s sure to be jam-packed with excitement and fun.