Nostalgia: The Musical!

These peans to pop culture—some already onstage, and some just twinkles in the eyes of savvy producers—would kill in Vegas. Just sayin.’

For the Record: John Hughes

What ’80s movie aficionado worth his or her Save Ferris

T-shirt could resist a live, 360-degree theatrical performance of the angsty, synth-heavy hits from the Hughes oeuvre, including “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” “If You Leave,” “True,” “Rebel Yell,” “Twist and Shout,” “Try a Little Tenderness,” and more? It’s playing at L.A.’s Rockwell: Table and Stage.

Anna Nicole: The Opera

Never have high and low culture mixed so oddly and wonderfully as in Anna Nicole, which premiered in February 2011 at the Royal Opera House in London and drew raves from The New York Times. For the Vegas interpretation, we see Howard Stern playing Smith’s longtime personal attorney Howard K. Stern in a bit of cheeky stunt casting.

Live! Nude! Hef!

OK, I made that up. But Oliver Stone once hinted that he was working on a musical based on the famous playboy’s life. Hefner has said he’s on board. And, hey, Holly Madison could play herself!

Tom Jones: The Musical

The fact that this show exists and is not already in Vegas is almost insulting. Oh… wait, it’s about the Henry Fielding character Tom Jones, not everyone’s favorite “Sex Bomb” singer. But seriously, how much would that kill in Vegas? It’s, ahem, not unusual to fantasize about these things.

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Classical Mystery Tour

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Classical Mystery Tour

By Deanna Rilling

As strings gently played “Let It Be,” four musicians took the stage in trademark Beatles black suits and mop tops. They could have been the real thing if your eyesight was poor—as was likely the case for the majority senior-citizen audience. The guys had clearly studied every nuance, particularly John Brosnan, who channeled George Harrison (it was a disappointment that Tony Kishman didn’t play his bass left-handed). In short, this is what The Beatles would have sounded like if they had gotten the chance to perform onstage with a live orchestra.

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