Category Archives: Las Vegas Shows

Cirque’s “Ka” Returns to MGM Grand in November

Cirque du Soleil graciously confirmed our scoop its “Ka” show returns to MGM Grand on Nov. 24, 2021.

“Ka” is the last of Cirque’s Las Vegas shows to reopen following the March 2020 shutdown due to the pandemic. (Cirque’s weakest Vegas offering, “Zumanity,” closed permanently during the shutdown.)

Ka dragon

We can’t wait to rub muzzles with the “Ka” dragon again!

“Ka” is one of our favorite Cirque shows, so we’re thrilled to be able to share it’s returning to MGM Grand.

Other Cirque shows which have already reopened are “O,” “Mystere,” “Michael Jackson One” and “The Beatles Love.”

You’ll want to check out our One Minute Guide to All the Cirque Shows in Las Vegas.

Ka MGM Grand

The show’s name was inspired by the sound a cat makes when it coughs up a furball. Oh, like people read photo captions, anyway.

While it hasn’t been officially confirmed, we’ve been told Cirque is secretly developing two new
shows for Las Vegas.

One show, slated for New York-New York, is rumored to be called “Mad Apple.”

The other new Cirque production will reportedly take up residence at Luxor. Luxor’s showroom is set to host “America’s Got Talent Live” starting Nov. 4, 2021.

Unless something’s changed since we last checked, “Ka” is the most expensive and technologically advanced stage show in history.

Ka theater

The “Ka” theater is a stunner.

The “Ka” theater cost $200 million to build.

One of the best things about “Ka” is its awesome, high tech stage. At various points in the show, the stage rotates 360 degrees and tilts from flat to 110 degrees, all at the same time.

Here’s a look at what this bad boy can do. Yes, it’s a boy, don’t make it awkward.

More fun facts: “Ka” boasts the biggest stunt airbag ever built, the highest choreographed fall in the show is 70 feet, the “Ka” props department is responsible for more than 600 props used in the show, there are more than 10,000 costume pieces and the “Ka” theater has more than 5,000 speakers surrounding the audience.

The reopening of “Ka” is great for any number of reasons, including the fact every time a Cirque
show reopens, it brings back 200 jobs (including about 75 artists), according to the President and CEO of Cirque, Daniel Lamarre.

Vegas just isn’t quite as Vegas without Cirque. We need all our amazing performers and baffling storylines back. “Ka” completes the set.

The Strat Adds Mind-Blowing “Banachek’s Mind Games” to Strong Showroom Line-Up

A mind-blowing mind reading show, “Banachek’s Mind Games,” has opened at The Strat.

Simply put, the show is a non-stop cavalcade of “How in the hell did he do that?” Although, at the performance we attended, most people were so dumbfounded, they used the f-word, not the h-word. It’s just that unbelievable.

Within the first three minutes of this show, magician and mentalist Banachek (real name Steve
Shaw) correctly identifies the playing cards four audience members are thinking of, and it gets gets wilder and more incredible from there.

Do not look into his eyes too long or Banachek will know your bank account numbers.

Our mouth was agog and never ungogged during the entire 70-minute show. The mind-reading illusions were utterly baffling, and we claim to know everything.

Perhaps our favorite part of the Banacheck show is when the performer reminds audience psychic powers don’t actually exist.

He should know. He’s the director of the James Randi Foundation, an organization that for many years offered a million-dollar prize to anyone who can prove the existence of supernatural or psychic abilities. Nobody’s ever gotten the $1 million. Because, you know, psychic abilities don’t exist. It’s pretty straightforward.

It didn’t take much mentalist ability for Banachek to predict our favorite numbers, because we are 14.

While he does extraordinary and seemingly inexplicable things onstage, he’s also known for exposing frauds who use fake psychic powers (such as those claming to speak to the dead) to prey on vulnerable victims.

Here’s more about Banachek.

At the media night show we attended, Banachek seemed genuinely taken off guard as he was presented the “Mentalist of the Year” award from the International Magicians Society. Surprising a mentalist is an impressive feat.

The fully vaccinated “Fantasy” dancers from Luxor attended Banacheck’s performance to show support. Las Vegas really needs a showgirl mask exemption.

Banachek joins what is turning out to be one of the best collections of value-oriented shows in any Las Vegas showroom. Tickets for this and other Strat shows start at around $30, and most are family-friendly.

One of our favorite shows in Las Vegas, the must-see “Xavier Mortimer: The Dream Maker,” has found a new home in the Strat’s theater.

Xavier Mortimer's Magical Dream

You definitely need to hang out with Xavier Mortimer.

Another new production, “iLuminate,” just opened as well.

We’ve heard this show is lit.

Rocker Sammy Hagar will have a residency at The Strat starting October 29, 2021.

Sammy Hagar

Sammy Hagar’s going to shake the Strat, in a purely metaphorical context, because we have a heights thing.

Also at Strat, the well-reviewed “MJ Live,” a Michael Jackson tribute show.

We didn’t have the guts to ask if “MJ Live” is kid-friendly, so you’re on your own.

Strat is also host to the L.A. Comedy Club, in the resort’s Dragon Room, wherever that might actually be.

Here’s more about all the entertainment at The Strat, previously called The Stratosphere. Please try and keep up.

The Strat made a great decision to partner with SPI Entertainment to operate its showroom, as the company has a great eye for talent and definitely understands the appeal of low price points for shows.

Banachek’s show isn’t flashy, but it’s a solid entertainment value and we can promise you’ll see things you’ve never seen before. No plants. No secret cameras. No hidden earpieces. Just good, old-fashioned “WTF did I just see?”

Lady Gaga to Resume Las Vegas Residency at Park MGM

Lady Gaga and her people were kind enough to confirm our rumor she’d resume her Las Vegas residency at Park Theater starting Oct. 14, 2021.

For now, the residency will feature her “Jazz & Piano” show, not the lavish stage production, “Enigma.”

Lady Gaga

They were going to call it “Piano & Jazz,” but jazz has a better agent.

“Jazz & Piano” is described as a performance of “stripped-down versions” of Lady Gaga’s hits “alongside music from the Great American Songbook.”

Remember, “stripped down” for Lady Gaga means a 30-piece orchestra.

The last time around, the “Jazz & Piano” playlist included songs like “Anything Goes,” “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Lucky Be a Lady,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “New York, New York” and the official song of Las Vegas, “Call Me Irresponsible.”

Gaga mixes things up with “Born This Way,” “Paparazzi,” “Bad Romance” and other hits.

Nine performances have been announced, but anticipate more: Oct. 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 28, 30, 31 and 32, 2021.

We added Oct. 32 just to see if you’re actually paying attention.

Tickets start at just $90, which is a very reasonable ticket price for a national treasure.

Yes, Lady Gaga is a national treasure, mainly because of “Poker Face.” Then again, we may be biased due to our being a Las Vegas blog.

As is the current trend in several Las Vegas entertainment venues, guests will have to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test.

By the time Lady Gaga returns to Park Theater, it’s entirely possibly the venue won’t be called that. As we shared a month ago, the theater will soon be rebranded Dolby Live at Park MGM.

Find out more about tickets and such at the Park MGM Web site.

If it’s been a minute since you visited Las Vegas, Park MGM was formerly Monte Carlo, it’s just less financially successful now. Somebody had to say it.

Lady Gaga’s Las Vegas residency was derailed by the pandemic, so it’s great to hear she’ll be back doing what she does best in the best place for her to do what she does best.

That made a lot more sense in our head.

Chippendales Return to Rio After 17 Months Dark

Tees will tear, six packs will glisten and panties will be surrendered—Chippendales, one of the best male revues in the history of Las Vegas, returns to Rio resort on Sep. 1, 2021.

To the great dismay of bachelorettes everywhere, the show has been dark for 17 months due to the pandemic, but that’s about to change.

Chippendales

Chippendales specializes in all the various definitions of “ripped.”

Chippendales is the undisputed king of male revues in Las Vegas. We should know, because we think it’s great and we are definitely not its target demographic, sexual orientationwise.

We have attended lots of Las Vegas shows, but have yet to see audience reactions as enthusiastic as the ones at Chippendales. It’s not even close.

So many horses saved.

There’s a reason the Chippendales brand is iconic, and it’s not just the bowties and cuffs.

These dudes know how to throw a party and touch upon just about every sexual fantasy through the show’s themed vignettes.

There’s the cowboy one, the military one, the fireman one and the construction worker one, just for starters. There’s even a Michael Jackson one, which is weird, but they make it work.

The Chippendales show at Rio Las Vegas has been “refreshed,” with one show representative describing it as “even bigger and better than before.” We’re pretty sure she was describing the show.

Do we have to do everything? Insert your favorite “hose” joke here.

Longtime fans of Chippendales will be pleased to hear some popular cast members will return, including Chaun Williams, currently featured on the HBO Max series “FBoy Island” and Ricky Rodgers, who was on MTV’s “Double Shot at Love” and “Jersey Shore Family Vacation.”

Among its many accolades, Chippendales has won “Best Male Revue” in the Best of Las Vegas awards for nine consecutive years, according to a news release from the show.

Vegas wasn’t really Vegas without Chippendales, so we’re thrilled the guys are back.

A Chippendales keepsake cup is the perfect place to keep your coins and regrets.

If you’re unfamiliar with Chippendales, we are sorry you live under a rock, but on the bright side there could be mushrooms under there, so there’s that.

Chippendales was established in 1979, and changed stripping forever.

Chippendales got their name from founder Steve Banerjee. He named the show after a style of furniture. Chippendales furniture, in case that weren’t readily apparent.

Chippendales originally opened at Rio in 2002.

Make sure to stop by the Chippendales gift shop because it has a wide variety of products including exercise equipment (see photo below).

Chippendales is all about fitness!

Fun fact: Chippendales dancers tear off about 12,000 T-shirts each year.

Chippendales performs Wednesday through Sunday at 8:30 p.m., dark Monday and Tuesday. Tickets range from $49.95 to $149.95.

Find out more at the official Web site, Chippendales.com.

Las Vegas is ready to shriek with glee again, and Chippendales are just the guys for the job because you can’t spell “spectacular” without “pecs.”

And that is how it’s done, other blogs.

Rumor: Adele Residency Coming to Resorts World

We shared Celine Dion was doing at residency at Resorts World a full year before it was officially announced, now we’ve got another juicy rumor: Adele is slated for a Resorts World residency, too.

Adele has been circling a Las Vegas residency for some time, having been spotted checking out Park MGM at one point. But we hear Resorts World finally won the prize of working with this award-winning songstress. We understand her residency could start as soon as January 2022.

Adele was once in talks with Wynn resort for a residency, and would presumably have made $500,000 a show. We expect Resorts World has struck an even more lucrative deal.

Adele Resorts World

Adele has sold more than 120 million albums, a feat made all the more impressive given the fact we didn’t realize albums were still a thing.

The Adele residency at Resorts World, the newest casino megaresort on the Las Vegas Strip, has yet to be confirmed or announced.

Back when Resorts World opened, we noted a conspicuous space on a wall promoting the resort’s line-up of headliners.

Now, we know who will join Celine, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan.

Adele Resorts World

There were so many (Photoshopped) clues!

We trust everyone but us knew Adele’s full name is Adele Laurie Blue Adkins.

It appears Adele has overcome her concerns a Las Vegas residency will affect her voice. She was probably comforted by the fact Celine will share the venue, and Celine’s exacting requirements at the Colossuem included an “atmospheric bubble” that kept the humidity at a consistent 55 percent.

Details of the Adele residency at Resorts World aren’t available yet, but we’re pretty sure she’s going to be belting out all her biggest hits, including “Hello,” “Rolling in the Deep,” “Skyfall” and “Someone Like You.”

Resorts World is swinging for the fences with its residencies, despite the fact the Resorts World theater isn’t finished yet.

Here’s a photo taken inside the 5,000-seat Resorts World Theatre on July 1, 2021.

Resorts World Theatre

Unauthorized photos are some of our favorites.

Adele is sure to be one of the hottest tickets in town, so we wait with bated breath for confirmation of this scoop.

We don’t entirely know what makes our breath “bated,” but we’re pretty sure it could be fixed with a humidity bubble.

Sammy Hagar to Announce Residency at The Strat

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Sammy Hagar is set to announce a residency at The Strat.

Hagar is best known for his hit, “I Can’t Drive 55,” as well as having been the lead singer of Van Halen after David Lee Roth lost his mind.

The Strat sent out a teaser news release about the announcement, which will happen June 28, 2021. The release didn’t mention Sammy Hagar, which is why you have us.

Sammy Hagar

The world wants to party with Sammy Hagar, now they can at The Strat.

Rumors of a Sammy Hagar residency at The Strat surfaced in 2020, but the pandemic pushed back those plans.

At the time, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported Hagar would perform in the “Celestia” tent, but as we reported exclusively, that show permanently closed during the pandemic and the tent, from what we hear, has been sold off and is currently being dismantled.

Hagar’s show schedule is unknown at this point, but you’ll know when we know, so check back for an update after the official announcement.

Sammy Hagar’s show will most certainly include his songs, “Your Love is Driving Me Crazy,” “Eagles Fly,” “Mas Tequila,” “Little White Lie,” “Red,” “Bad Motor Scooter,” “Three Lock Box” and other songs we copied and pasted from Web sites listing his greatest hits.

We are not a loud music person.

That said, we also cannot drive 55, so there’s that.

While 55 may be the posted speed limit, that doesn’t give you an excuse to drive that speed in the left, or passing, lane. Get out of the damn way. People don’t just spontaneously have road rage. If you drive the speed limit in the passing lane, it’s you. Move over!

Yes, we pretty much wrote this entire story so we’d be able to tell you to move the hell over.

While we may not have an expansive knowledge of Sammy Hagar’s catalog, we can attest to his being a cool guy. At a media event we attended a few years ago, Hagar took the time to introduce himself to every photographer on the red carpet. We’ve never seen that before or since.

Sammy Hagar is also a big rum guy, so he can pretty much do no wrong with us.

“The Red Rocker” is about to take his rightful place among those with Vegas residencies, and the after parties promise to be epic.

Update (6/28/21): Strat has confirmed its Sammy Hagar residency. “Sammy Hagar & Friends” starts Oct. 29-30, 2021. Bassist Michael Anthony, who’s played with Hagar for the past 30 years, and Vic Johnson, Hagar’s longtime guitarist, are confirmed for the first four shows. Drummer Jason Bonham is confirmed for the first two shows. Tickets start at $100.

Here’s Sammy Hagar at the announcement event.