Las Vegas Entertainment part I
It’s never a problem finding a show in Las Vegas. The only concerns are whether it’s already sold out and whether you can afford a ticket. This is a city that literally plugs itself in after dark and doesn’t even shift into third gear until after midnight. If you’re not a night owl, you had better take a nap in the afternoon so that you can really experience the fun side of Vegas.
Taking in a show is a fundamental component to any Las Vegas holiday. There are dozens to choose from all along the Strip and around town, ranging from major headliners to struggling lounge acts. Entertainment is the fuel that keeps Vegas running, so you’ll never have to worry about boredom after dark.
Every hotel in town has at least one dedicated lounge that usually hosts live music of some kind. But the free-wheeling days of Sinatra and Sammy are long gone, and the hotel lounge has been largely relegated to the bottom drawer. Occasionally you’ll stumble across a decent singer or act but for the most part, this is free entertainment. Hunting for the worst lounge act can be a fun adventure in itself, as kitsch is still king in Vegas.
The current trend of Las Vegas shows is away from home-grown talent and towards major stars and big-time productions. Any show worth seeing is going to have a recognisable headliner and a production like something from Broadway or the movie lot. Unfortunately, this means ticket prices are accordingly expensive. While it’s still possible to catch a decent show for a reasonable price, the cheap shows pale in comparison to the surreal magic of the likes of Cirque du Soleil.
The shows in Las Vegas offer assigned seating or have a maitre d’. It’s highly suggested to make reservations or purchase tickets well in advance of any show, especially if it is a weekend night or one of the more popular productions. A tip for the maitre d’ is the best (and perhaps only) way to get a really good seat if not pre-arranged. You can easily find the details of every show in town online.