On a recent trip to Las Vegas I noticed that things are changing. While gambling is a draw for many, the entertainment options are exploding. NBC Travel published an article this week entitled Crowds return to Las Vegas, but gamble less the author noted that “The total revenue from gambling and entertainment other than gambling was $15.3 billion in 2012, $500 million less than was spent in 2007.” However, it must also be noted that the days of cheap food and drinks are also gone. Also the big shows with top name entertainers are back and tickets are not cheap. So part of the revenue lost from less gambling will be made up in more other spending. Here are some examples of current shows at Las Vegas Casinos:
Cirque du Soleil performs KA as a permanent gig in the MGM arena. KA has been widely acclaimed for its combination of theatrics, aerobics, multi-media and pyrotechnics. Tickets range from $69 – $150 per person.
Brad Garret is so funny he will make you laugh even though you may have lost a few at the tables. Check out Brad Garret Comedy at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. Tickets range from $69 – $90 per person.
CSI The Experience – Play the role of a crime scene investigator in this exciting interactive challenge: 3 murders, 15 lab stations, 15 suspects, 3 killers. Based on the hit TV show, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and guided by videos featuring cast members, alongside real-life forensic scientists, you’ll be the latest recruit to the world of forensic science. – Adults $30
Rod Stewart has a en extended gig with shows scheduled July 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 31, August 3, 4 and then November 6, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24. Rod Stewart Las Vegas show is a high-energy concert celebration. At Caesars Palace, Rod Stewart gets audiences on their feet with a set list of the iconic rock and R&B favorites that have defined Stewart’s five-decade-long career. Ticket range from $49 – $250 per person.
Celine Dion also has an extended stay at Caesars with her beautiful voice. Celine Dion is the best-selling female artist in history and is back at Caesars Palace for a powerful set featuring all her greatest hits. Aug: 11, 13, 14, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28, 31 – Sept: 1 – Dec: 30, 31 – Jan. (2014): 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19 – Feb. (2014): 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 26, 28 – March (2014): 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19. Tickets range from $55 – $250 per person.
Wynn Las Vegas offers incredible shows such as Le Reve – The Dream and Lake of Dreams a beautiful water show with holograms to make an incredible show of impression. Tickets range from $105 – $195 per person.
Michael Jackson is celebrated in the revue show One performed by Cirque Du Solei. This musical impression show features all the great hits of the gloved one. Tickets range from $75 – $198 per person.