Best Live Shows

botc_shows_collage_WEBQuick quiz: Which of these—zombies, Donny & Marie, menopause and mullets—does not belong with the others? Gotcha—they all belong, a fact that probably could only be true on the Las Vegas Strip, where each has a home in a rundown of the best shows in town:

ZOMBIE BURLESQUE

(Planet Hollywood)

Undead to say the least, this mad- cap mash-up of zombie flicks and traditional burlesque is vibrantly alive with bawdy humor and a cast having such a blast onstage that we can’t help but have it in the audience.

DONNY & MARIE

(Flamingo Las Vegas)

America’s toothy twosome still rock the wholesomeness shtick, which amounts to one of the best times on a Las Vegas stage, thanks to a formula marrying nostalgia to enduring showmanship. These are true performers, right down to Donny’s purple tube socks.

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL

(Harrah’s)

Whether you’re destined to hit menopause or man-o-pause, this spoof of “the change” is a relentlessly entertaining bauble of parody songs, clever sketches and an adorable cast you want to bundle up and take home.

ROCK OF AGES

(The Venetian)

Mullets, metal and ’80s madness add up to a high-spirited, rock-out spectacle with hearty laughs and even a touching romance at the show’s center.

THE BEATLES LOVE

(The Mirage)

All you need for a woozy, wonderful head trip is this trippy Cirque du Soleil tribute to the Fab Four, reinterpreting and reimagining their classic catalog and setting it against Cirque’s trademark aerial aesthetics.

JERSEY BOYS

(Paris Las Vegas)

Chronicling the Four Seasons’ climb to stardom and the thorny complications that went with it—tangled relationships, jealousies, debts, even the mob—makes for a compelling story. And the music? Sublime. Who loves it? We do, pretty mama.

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN

(Flamingo Las Vegas)

Simple, elegant and classy, the Aussie songbird is a delight—warm and engaging—delivering a nostalgic gold mine of hits with pure sweetness.

FRANK—THE MAN. THE MUSIC.

(Palazzo)

Aided by prosthetics, impressionist Bob Anderson transforms into Ol’ Blue Eyes for a remarkable approximation of a concert-length Sinatra show. It’s as close as you’ll get to the resurrection of a legend. – Steve Bornfeld 

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