You know that old expression: It never rains, but it pours? Well, when applied to Las Vegas’ entertainment options – though usually experiencing metaphoric showers; on Saturday, April 28th, visitors to and inhabitants of Las Vegas are gonna be facing an absolute deluge.
Since it’s a Saturday, you know that the mainstays of the Strip will be open for business on the 28th. This includes our seven Cirque du Soleil resident-shows (Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay, Criss Angel MINDFREAK® LIVE! at Luxor Las Vegas, Zumanity at New York New York, KÀ at MGM Grand, O at Bellagio, The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage, and Mystère at TI Treasure Island); as well as Wynn Las Vegas’ stunningly revamped Le Rêve – The Dream; and, with its diehard cult-like following, BAZ: A Musical Tour de Force, across the street, at The Palazzo.
Then, there are the shows that pack ‘em in, week after week. If we start at the “top” of the Strip and proceed toward Downtown, that means Carrot Top (Luxor), Jabbawockeez (MGM Grand), Penn & Teller (Rio Las Vegas), Donny & Marie Osmond (Flamingo Las Vegas), Matt Goss (The Mirage), Human Nature (The Venetian), and Soundtrack featuring Clint Holmes and Earl Turner (Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino).
Thanks to the presence of live entertainment juggernauts like AEG Presents and Live Nation, Las Vegas’ headliners continue to break attendance records; and on April 28th you can take in such renowned recurring resident shows, as Pitbull: Time of Our Lives (Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood), Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano (The Colosseum at Caesars Palace), and Boyz II Men (Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage); as well as ZZ Top’s highly-anticipated new Viva Las Vegas residency (The Venetian Theater at The Venetian); and the return of An Evening with Mel Brooks (Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas).
But wait… There’s more!
Let’s not forget those limited-run or one-night-only affairs that are a very big part of why people refer to Las Vegas as the Entertainment Capitol of the World. In the music category, your options on the 28th include REO Speedwagon (Star of the Desert Arena), Frankie Avalon (South Point Hotel Casino & Spa); the Golden Age of Hip-Hop’s premier DJ/MC duo, Eric B. & Rakim’s The Technique Tour (House of Blues); the Freestyle Old-School Jam with Stevie B, Lisa, Exposè, Taylor Dayne, Debbie Deb, and more (Orleans Arena); Trey Songz (Drai’s Nightclub at The Cromwell); and Kiefer Sutherland (Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa). Meanwhile, if you’re just looking to laugh, choose from the retro raunch of Andrew Dice Clay (Laugh Factory at Tropicana Las Vegas); while The Mirage’s Aces of Comedy series presents Tiffany Haddish - the breakout star of Girls Trip, Keanu, and The Carmichael Show – and, #SheReady (Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage); and the fantastic new outpost of New York’s famed Comedy Cellar presents the hilarious comedy stylings of Owen Smith, Inside Amy Schumer’s Emmy-winning Kyle Dunnigan, Lynne Koplitz, and the delightful Matteo Lane (Rio Las Vegas).
So, faced with all of these wonderful options*, where am I gonna be, on April 28th (which, not for nothing, is my 45th birthday)? I’m gonna be at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, sipping Dom Pérignon, and supping on dishes prepared by chefs Wolfgang Puck and Jean-Georges Vongerichten; while Canadian crooner Michael Bublè headlines the annual Power of Love™ gala, benefiting Keep Memory Alive (the fundraising arm of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health), and its mission to increase awareness of, and raise funds for, the research, diagnosis, and treatment of brain disorders.
How 'bout them apples?
Saturday, April 28th
Get into it!
[Editor's Note: Luckily (for me, anyhow), I'm seeing ZZ Top on the 20th; Owen Smith, Kyle Dunnigan, Lynne Koplitz, and Matteo Lane on the 26th; and Mel Brooks on the 27th. So, don't cry for me, Argentina... My dancecard is full!]