The Nevada Conservatory Theatre is serving up contemporary slapstick with The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. It’s a tale of hilarity as adult actors step into the roles of children dueling it out in a competition for the ages—through song. Director and choreographer Tim Bennett says the show is aimed at adults with its topically laced humor, but every now and then the musical slows it down to capture a touching character moment. Improvisation is primed to keep the performance fresh, so you’ll never see the same show twice. A combination of professional actors, UNLV grads and undergrads make up the “melting pot” cast, as Bennett calls it. Now you’ll be able to say you saw them when. Through May 10, $20-$30, Judy Bayley Theatre at UNLV, 702-895-2787, UNLV.edu/NCT.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.