Finally—a kinda-nonmusical invading the tuneful Broadway Series. Blending live action and puppetry, the acclaimed Brit import about a regal thoroughbred features an orchestra and symphonic background score but leans more toward a straight play—it won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Play—and could signal more touring dramas. Oct. 2-6, The Smith Center.
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Here’s something you won’t see at The Smith Center: a rock opera about our seventh president—portrayed as an emo rock star—and the founding of the Democratic Party, courtesy of local Table 8 Productions. Supporting rockers? John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay and Martin Van Buren. When did you last say “You Rock!” to a politician? Especially a dead one? Sept. 13-14, 19-22, 26-28, Onyx Theatre.
Audi Speaker Series
Icon times two: Alan Alda (Sept. 24) and Carol Burnett (Sept. 29), two ’70s TV legends, visit Vegas to discuss their long, varied and storied careers. While the M*A*S*H star builds a monologue around his near-death experience on a Chilean mountaintop, Burnett raps with the audience, reminiscent of the opening segments of her classic variety show. Just don’t do the Tarzan yell—that’s all hers. The Smith Center.
One of Broadway’s giants—literally and figuratively—takes the Cabaret Jazz room stage for what promises to be some slam-bang shows for musical theater lovers, and anyone who appreciates sassy, classy entertainment. Winner of nine Tony Awards and the National Medal of Art, the director/choreographer/performer is a one-of-a-kind treat. Sept. 21-22, The Smith Center.
Sensation: Ocean of White
Music festival? Visual spectacle? Blowout party? Actually, this is a three-in-one as Sensation, the dance music event creators from Europe, bring this Cirque-ish mélange to town. DJs? Of course, but take note of the acrobats, light show, dancers, set pieces—and the requirement that attendees dress only in pristine white. Don’t even try to get away with off-white. Oct. 5, MGM Grand Garden Arena.
God of Carnage
Described by some as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for the new millennium, Yasmina Reza’s searing but hilarious piece brings together two “civilized” couples to discuss a playground dispute between their kids, and spirals into a chaotic explosion of their own childishness. Top-drawer local actors TJ Larsen and Stacia Zinkevich headline the cast. Sept. 6-8, 12-15, 19-22, Las Vegas Little Theatre.
Driving Miss Daisy
Give it up for one of our own: UNLV professor/actor Clarence Gilyard—you’ll remember him from Matlock; Walker, Texas Ranger and as the computer-hacking baddie in Die Hard—returns to trod the boards as the soft-spoken black chauffeur to an elderly, crotchety Southern white woman. Behold Gilyard’s acting chops when he’s not overshadowed by Andy Griffith, Chuck Norris and Bruce Willis. Sept. 22, The Smith Center.