When it comes to live shows in Las Vegas, surely there is no shortage given that every hotel and casino offer up 2 and 3, sometimes even 4 and 5 different performances all under one roof. Even independent clubs boast some type of entertainment. Everything from comedy to magic, from music and dance to classic Vegas revues, and from adult-inspired shows to a variety of Cirque du Soleil performances; you can find it all, both on and off The Strip. A trip to Vegas truly isn’t complete without taking in at least one show. The only problem is, with so very many to select from it makes the choice difficult. To simplify the dilemma, we advise choosing Legends in Concert, held in the Donny and Marie Showroom of the Flamingo Hotel
Why? Because this long-running show conveniently offers a little bit of everything so you can’t go wrong – music, dance, and comedy, along with a diverse group of over 140 talented tribute performers that allow the show to constantly change. Impersonators of the highest level take on such musical legends as Madonna, Prince, Paul McCartney, Dean Martin, Dolly Parton, Rod Stewart, Steven Tyler, Tina Turner, Tom Jones and many, many more, with different performers often tackling different stages of the legend’s career. You could attend a dozen times at different intervals throughout the year and never see the same line-up twice. And it’s all supported by a phenomenal backing band and a bevy of energetic dancers, thus giving the show a big production feel.
For the purpose of the holiday show in Las Vegas, the four legends highlighted were Garth Brooks (played by Dean Simmons), Barbra Streisand (played by Sharon Owens), Michael Jackson (played by Damien Brantley) and Elvis Presley (played by Victor Trevino Jr, who competently captures The King of Rock during the 50s and 60s). Well-known songs were interspersed with holiday classics as well as comedic breaks when the tribute performers interacted with the crowd. To that end, Brooks commented on how tired he was ironically right after playing “Aint Goin’ Down (Before the Sun Comes Up”, while Streisand commented on the beautiful Christmas trees on stage but questioned the lack of a menorah. Meanwhile, Jackson joked about having to wear ‘two gloves’ due to cold weather and later introduced Presley as his father-in-law.
During hit songs, performances were enhanced with simultaneous video accompaniment of the actual legend so the audience was able to contrast and compare and be absolutely amazed at the accuracy with which these tribute artists perform. For example, the music video for Garth Brooks’ “Thunder Rolls” played alongside Simmons’ live rendition, causing show goers to see that Simmons had every nuance of Brooks’ down pat. Likewise for Streisand’s “The Way We Were” video while Owens gave her all on stage.
Jackson’s “Thriller” graced the video screen, along with snippets of live footage while Brantley led his dancers through their paces, causing jaws to drop in the audience at the realization of Brantley’s precision. And various clips of Elvis were shown as multi-award winner Victor Trevino Jr. slicked his hair back, curled his lip, and shook his hips exactly like The King while working his way through such songs as “Jailhouse Rock”, “Hound Dog”, and “Heartbreak Hotel”.
For the finale, all four performers came together to sing “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and the Legends band delivered an amazing tribute to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra with “Christmas Eve in Sarajevo”.
Though by now you have likely missed the holiday show, there’s plenty of shows on the horizon with a variety of legendary performers to pay tribute to and admire. And Legends in Concert surely has the talented tribute artists to do it.
Currently in its 33rd successful year, Legends has shows running in Vegas, Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), Branson (Missouri), Waikiki (Hawaii) and aboard the Norwegian Pearl cruise ship, so there are plenty of opportunities to grab a ticket and be positively WOWED!