Vegas Brings the Wild

9 Jun

One of the top draws to Las Vegas is the shows. There are over a hundred options for acrobatic performances, comedy, drama, singers, and sexy dancers when searching for shows in the city. I have seen a few-some that are still currently running and some that have ended. Away from the standard shows, there are touring acts that grace the city that are definitely worth checking out.

I have seen multiple Cirque shows, special performances and variety acts, but there is one show that took me by surprise. “Absinthe” premiered in Las Vegas only a few months ago and it already has created quite a buzz. Performed in an intimate circus tent, Spiegeltent, outside of Caesar’s Palace, the show is a mix of crass comedy, acrobats, sex appeal and intensity. There are only 600 seats available with general seating so the earlier you get there the better. You can enjoy some cold beer and grab a snack while you wait in the beer garden right outside. Some of the acts are so intense; it literally made me sit on the edge of my seat in prayer for the performers. They climb on tightropes and chairs with no net and if they fall… yikes! There is one act of roller skaters that spin so fast if they get off track, the front row of the audience will get knocked out. Don’t worry, they are professionals so I highly doubt that will happen. The show is much like a circus with crazy acts and jokes. There is a “ringmaster” or producer, called The Gazillionaire and his assistant, Penny, introduces most of the acts and provides the comic relief. Angel Porrino also stars in the show giving it an edge of sexiness. Don’t worry ladies there are plenty of hot men as well. The show runs Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and there is a late 9:30 p.m. show, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $69, but if you are local, you can score them for $49. Trust me when I say they are worth every penny. One thing to note, this is a tent so the chairs are not very comfortable, you might want to bring a pillow for your bum.

Another circus act coming to Las Vegas for only one day is “The Greatest Show on Earth,” by the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus. I use to live in Baraboo, WI where the show originated from, but have yet to see it. I’ve always imagined it would be amazing, and make you feel like a kid again. The Fully Charged edition will be arriving Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19, at the Thomas & Mack Center. There are five show line-ups, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets prices range from $30 up to $97 depending on where you sit. Acts include animal performers with elephants and tigers, strongmen, human stunts, clowns, and more. If you arrive early, there will be an animal open house. Guests will be able to see all of the amazing animals that are part of the act along with some interesting facts. You can also meet the performers who will teach you a few circus tricks to take with you on the road. If you are one of the lucky ones with premium seating, you will get called down from the Ringmaster himself to join the crew on the arena floor to view the show.

One other show that gets honorable mention is LOVE at Mirage Casino and Resort. The show celebrated its 5 year anniversary last night with a red carpet event of celebrities like Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, The Killers, Rosanna Arquette, Mark McGrath, and many more. The show is an array of dance performances and Cirque acrobatics choreographed to a collection of Beatles’ music. It is an amazing show even if you’re not a Beatles fan. The show is Thursday through Monday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $69 and up, but watch local specials that Cirque will post.

I’m going to try and make it to the circus. I always love something different to do in this city. Who knows? Maybe I’ll end up running away and joining the circus! Being a Leo, maybe I’ll have a hidden talent as a lion tamer, even though this little lion has a hard time taming herself.

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