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Top 10 Las Vegas shows to see in 2014

Published July 21st, 2014

Warbling divas square up to blockbuster musicals while punchline-happy comics spar with masters of the sleight of hand. No, it’s not a TKO boxing bout in Vegas, although there are heaps of those on offer. It’s just another night on the tiles in Sin City where the star-studded entertainment rivals the glitz and glamour of the Strip. And forget lounge lizards and washed-up comedians, although again – plenty of those. For the hottest tickets in town, here’s our pick of the top 10 Las Vegas shows to see in 2014.

 

KÁ by Cirque du Soleil Photo: Norman Jean Roy

 

KÁ by Cirque du Soleil at MGM Grand – running all year

If you only see one Cirque du Soleil show in Vegas (there’s no less than eight on at any time – including resident shows you can’t see anywhere else), make it KÁ. The epic story showcases mesmerising martial arts manoeuvres, eye-popping acrobatics and fantastical sets.

 

Absinthe at Caesars Palace – running all year

Bawdy burlesque at its best, Absinthe is a mash-up of Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatic stunts and raunchy comedy all in an old-school vaudeville setting. You’ll be part of all the action within a tent where the un-PC host sets the scene for the wild ride.

 

Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil Photo: Aaron Felske

 

Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas – running all year

While also a Cirque du Soleil extravaganza, this visual ode to the King of Pop deserves a special mention. The spine-tingling show takes in the all the hit songs, video visuals and gravity defying dance moves that made Michael Jackson such a music icon.

 

Britney Spears: Piece of Me at The Axis at Planet Hollywood from August 15

It’s Britney, bitch. In Vegas. The superstar mom kicks off a two year-long residency performing all the hits backed up by state-of-the-art lights, sound and special effects in her Piece of Me show. The venue is like a nightclub, so it’s handbags down and “Baby One More Time”!

 

Boyz II Men at Terry Fator Theatre at Mirage from July 4

With their smooth tunes and acapella harmonies, not to mention their complementary styling, Boyz II Men is the best-selling R&B group of all time. Bringing the ‘90s back to the Strip, grab your besties for a sing-along of all your faves in an intimate setting.

 

 

Carrot Top at Atrium Showroom at Luxor – running all year

Well-known in the US with an eight-year residency in Las Vegas – the ultimate comedy accolade – Carrot Top a.k.a. Scott Thompson does a fine trade in stand-up with props and wacky inventions.  Expect heaps of R-rated laughs and audience participation in his popular show.

 

Eddie Griffin at Rio Crown Theater – running all year

You’ll know motormouth comic Eddie Griffin from movies like Deuce Bigalow and Scary Movie, and now the comedian returns to his stand-up roots with a live and uncensored Las Vegas show five nights a week. Be prepared to be in the firing line.

 

 

Beacher’s Madhouse at MGM Grand – running all year

New to the Strip, and opened by none other than serial twerker Miley Cyrus, Beacher’s Madhouse is whole lotta wrong that makes a hilarious right. Expect dancing oompa loompas, burlesque dancers, little people and even animals at the circus/nightclub/show.

 

Jan Rouven: Illusions at Starlite Theater at Riviera – running all year

Awarded the Illusionist of the Year 2014 Merlin Award by the International Magicians Society (yes, there is such a thing); Germany’s Jan Rouven brings his master magician act to Vegas. You’ll find yourself holding your breath with stunts like Bed of Death and Hand Stab.

 

Evil Dead: The Musical 4D at V Theater at Planet Hollywood – running all year

No cutesy sing-alongs here. Adapted from the schlock horror flick trilogy, there’s chainsaws, demons and abandoned cabins, but this is definitely not your camp musical. And the 4D element? That’ll be the 100-seat (fake) blood splatter zone. You’ve been warned.

 

 

Cassandra Laffey

Consumed with unrequited wanderlust, I get my fix in 24/7 cities and hippie retreats. I'm still looking for the ultimate combo of secluded beach and major metropolis, and my happy place is a 5-star hotel room all to myself - sigh.