After a whirlwind work week, a co-worker suggested I get out and see a show and try to relax. When she suggested Vegas The Show!, I was a bit hesitant, not because I heard anything bad, but because I hadn’t heard anything about the show at all.
We arrive at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood after parking in the self-parking garage; I walk in the door to find the Saxe Theatre just around the corner from the garage. I love the fact you don’t have to walk through the whole hotel just to get to see a show.
Scott greeted my wife and me as we walked up to the ticket booth. Scott is awesome, friendly, quick, and competent, everything I want from my ticket agent. But then he went above and beyond and referred us to a restaurant when we asked his opinion. The food was great, just as Scott recommended. So far, because of Scott, we are starting this off on a good foot.
It is a shame that not everyone is like Scott. While we were waiting in the lounge to go upstairs to the showroom, it wasn’t a line but more like a free-for-all. Some lady who was eager to be the first one up the stairs had stepped on my foot and bumped into me several times trying to get around the ropes that prevented people from going up stairs. This was beginning to put me in a bad mood.
When the stairs were opened for entry, the stampede began. For people not in hurry, as you climb the stairs you would notice a small dressing room set up on a landing above the stairs. A lady from the show is putting on her makeup as well as stretching. While a nice touch, it is overshadowed by the people rushing up the stairs. One man almost knocked into an older woman in his quest to get to his seat first.
Turns out that no matter how quick you run up the stairs, assigned seating is still assigned seating. That bit of humor is quickly lost when I sit down next to the guy who almost knocked down the older woman. He can’t sit still and decides it is a good time to talk on his cell phone. The vein in my head is about to explode, when the show announcer makes a comment about cell phones. This wasn’t your normal no video, no pictures comment. The phrase was something along the line of if you are caught on your phone video taping or taking pictures they are going to drag you out back and beat you. I took this opportunity to give the gentleman on the phone a large smile. He quickly got off the phone.
The show begins with Ernie (Eric Jordan Young); a caretaker of Neon Graveyard. Within moments of the show’s beginning, I forgot about the annoying phone guy. (This speaks highly of the show, because I am a grudge holder.) They managed to construct the Neon Graveyard on stage, and from that the ghosts of Las Vegas past emerged.
Next thing I know the set had changed and I whisked back in time to the 1940s. From the Rat Pack to the Sock Hop to Elvis and even Sonny and Cher, it seems that Vegas The Show! thought of everything. This was indeed a pleasant musical journey back in time.
But wait a minute! Sean and John Scott from America’s Got Talent come out for a tap dancing number. I have never seen a tap dancing number in person, just on television. I must have looked like a little kid enthralled with how the taps from the shows made music and the showmanship was amazing. Tap dancing is definitely a lost art from the past.
Then they had a number with everyone on a staircase. Now I had seen this in many movies before, like the original Oceans Eleven and a few movies with Marilyn Monroe. You know that scene where all the showgirls are on the staircase and the men are in tuxedos, and everyone is dancing. What a thrill to see that in person.
What would Vegas The Show! be without magic? Joseph Gabriel fit the bill for this task. The fact I was sitting really close I expected to see how the trick was done. (Yes this is where my wife tells me to try to enjoy the show and not figure it out.) Now I must say being as close as I was I expecting to figure it out. I tell you now, sit back and enjoy the show, because all I did was frustrate myself trying to figure it out. The man is a walking aviary, pulling birds from thin air, including a very large parrot.
Even though I walked into this show in a bad mood, Vegas The Show! managed to put a smile on face. From the amazing voice of Reva Rice to the Jerry Lewis impressions from Eric Jordan Young, the cast of singers and dancers keep the show entertaining and moving at a fast pace. I even learned a few things about the history of Vegas in regards to Sammy Davis Jr.
Great music, great songs, great dancing numbers, just an all-around great show, so why had I not heard of it? It might have to do with my job. I am so glad my co-worker recommended the show (and now I have ask why she has the time to see these great shows and I don’t? Hmmmmmmmmmmm)
I suggest you find the time in your busy work week and check out Vegas The Show! You will enjoy the loveable character Ernie as he takes you on this musical journey in time. I wouldn’t be surprised if you left Vegas The Show! singing “What’s new Pussycat?”
Another pleasant surprise, it turns out that Michael Jackson’s brother Tito was in the audience enjoying the show. You never know where you are going to run into celebrities in Las Vegas.
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