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Whether you’re a local or visiting Las Vegas for the first or fiftieth time—if you love singing and dancing—you’ll love Vegas! The Show. Unlike other Vegas shows, this performance gives you the back history of how a tiny town smack in the middle of the desert came to be the mecca of the service and entertainment industry. Vegas! The Show lives up to its name, starting with the Neon Graveyard and moving forward decade after decade, through musical storytelling, humorous skits and a fabulous live 12-piece orchestra that kicks your ass with its brass section).

Theatergoers can get their own history lesson on everything entertainment here in Vegas – starting from the swinging Lounge Act to the Blues, from the Rat Pack to the Burlesque Showgirls, through Elvis, Wayne Newton, Tom Jones, up through today’s mega-resort in-house legends like Elton John. And the entertainment keeps on coming, keeping a smooth rhythm to the production, specialty acts are showcased and inserted between the melodies: like the magic of Joseph Gabriel, a fabulous duo of identical twin tap dancers Sean and John Scott, and the wonderful Sandou Trio – a gymnastics-mixed aerial trio that takes your breath away every time they throw their female teammate in the air. Yet the heavy applause went out to a few of the leads like Eric Jordan Young who brings us through this musical Vegas journey, from start to finish, with his strong vocals and charismatic presence. Also the three female beauties, including Trina Johnson-Finn and Joelle Righetti-Jenson, led by Broadway’s own Reva Rice, belt out several crowd-pleasing numbers. The Vegas vixen Lead Dancer Tara Palsha, a redhead with legs that won’t quit, lit up the stage like a firecracker. This dancer’s versatility and flexibility made our jaws drop. Her body transformed into written musical notes – legato legs and staccato snaps of the head, commanding the stage like that of a feline cat on the prowl, slinking from stage left to stage right.

To create an impressive show, a crew of strong, talented leaders were brought in to handle the detailed history of Vegas, starting with Pat Caddick as Musical Director, Jerry Lopez as Band Leader, and Tiger Martina to handle all of the Choreography. The audio and lighting production sets a glittering backdrop to the different sounds and choreography of the many decades (literally generations) of Vegas’ history, and Martina’s direction takes a bow at every genre—even Sonny and Cher performing “I’ve Got You Babe”.

Vegas! The Show is held in the Saxe Theatre inside Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops. To get to the theatre, it’s a hike up a couple levels of stairs (there’s also an elevator), but well worth it, even if you’re in stripper-heels, since the theatre has a deep incline with no obstructions for “not a bad seat in the house”. Showtimes are 7pm and 9pm nightly. For tickets call 702-260-7200 or visit VegasTheShow.com SLV

Issue 66 featuring: Eufrat, Jade Bryce & Jessamyne