(Photos shot by Sandy Zimmerman during the live show.)
“Vegas! The Show” is all about Las Vegas, not the Las Vegas we see today but those wonderful years of its colorful past. “Vegas! The Show” reminded me of the Las Vegas I knew, in the 80’s, when I began reviewing shows. Those spectacular production shows of the Dunes, Desert Inn, and Stardust were vividly recreated in “Vegas! The Show”, with a cast of 40 performers, an orchestra, a feast of musical numbers, and specialty acts.
I appreciated Broadway star Eric Jordan Young, host and impressionist, for his uncanny performance. I saw Sammy Davis, Jr., many times and can say his impression held all of the emotion, the sound and feeling of Sammy, when he sang “Candy Man” and “Once in a Life Time”
The show focused on the stars with impressions of Louie Prima and Keely Smith singing “Old Black Magic” continuing to Lena Horne’s famous “Singing the Blues”, Sonny and Cher’s “The Beat Goes On”. The mood transported us from the Sahara Hotel’s Casbar Lounge to the big showrooms. The impressionists brought all the star back- Frank Sinatra singing “Luck Be a Lady”, Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore”, “Mambo Italiano”, and singing together for their “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head?” With impression after impression, they concentrated on the best of the era.
Some of the other numbers were “Midnight Train to Georgia”, “Pussycat”, “The song is you”, “Blues in the Night” (My Mama done tol’ me), “Tequila”, and many, many more.
As the showgirls walk down the grand staircase, the nights of the spectacular production shows are back! Producer David Saxe has succeeded in capturing the PAZAZZ and essence of the times. “Vegas! The Show” brings everything you would want in a show! These were some of the best impressions of the greats, the super-talented stars.
The dazzling choreography was like the topping on a cake of entertainment. The show will thrill everyone whether you experienced the Las Vegas of yesterday or are seeing the era for the first time. This is a musical tribute worth seeing.
Vegas, the Show appears at the V Theater, inside the Planet Hollywood Hotel.
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