Visitors to the Las Vegas Strip have always had an abundance of entertainment options, especially within the confines of the city’s various hotel-casino theaters. The challenge often lies in choosing which show or artist to experience.
In a much-anticipated event, the renowned rock band U2 will be the headline act for the grand opening of Sphere Entertainment Co.’s cutting-edge arena, The Sphere. This 17,000-seat marvel is situated just off the iconic Las Vegas Strip and is scheduled to make its debut on September 29. The excitement surrounding U2’s 25-show residency, which concludes on December 16, is palpable, with tickets being completely sold out. However, for those who are determined to witness the magic, secondary market tickets can be found on Ticketmaster.com, with prices ranging from $1,125 for opening night to $400.21 for select Wednesday evenings throughout the residency.
For those seeking a more traditional form of entertainment, the enchanting world of magic and illusion awaits. The legendary David Copperfield, who has graced the Las Vegas Strip since the 1980s, continues to captivate audiences at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, operated by MGM Resorts International. Meanwhile, Penn & Teller, known for their magical prowess combined with a dash of comedy, had a successful 30-year run on the Strip before relocating to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in 2001.
The Las Vegas Strip also pays homage to its roots, featuring performers from the 1960s and 70s who continue to grace hotel casino stages. Alongside these classics, contemporary stars like Adele and Lady Gaga shine brightly.
Wayne Newton, often referred to as “Mr. Las Vegas,” maintains his enduring residency at Bugsy’s Cabaret Showroom in the Flamingo. Notably, Donny Osmond, a beloved member of the Osmond Brothers, carries on his residency at Caesars Entertainment’s Harrah’s Showroom, with an extended run scheduled from January 23 to May 11, 2024. Tickets for these shows are readily available online through Ticketmaster.com.
However, the shadow of the King of Rock, Elvis Presley, looms large over the Las Vegas entertainment scene. Although Elvis’s last performance in Vegas was in 1976, his legacy endures. Nevertheless, Barry Manilow, a pop icon of the 1970s, is determined to surpass Elvis’s record of 636 sold-out shows at the Westgate Las Vegas. Manilow initiated his residency at the Westgate’s International Theater in February 2005, the very same venue where Elvis made his historic debut in 1969. Presley achieved this remarkable record in just over seven years, making it a daunting challenge for anyone to surpass.
Barry Manilow, however, is poised to make history as he adds 45 new dates to his residency, extending from February 15 to December 14, 2024. Tickets for this extended run will go on sale on October 6 at 10 a.m. Pacific time via Ticketmaster.com. For those eager to catch Manilow in action before this monumental extension, tickets for his 2023 shows, concluding on December 9, are currently available on Ticketmaster.
In Las Vegas, where legends and contemporary stars converge, the entertainment options are as diverse as the city itself. Whether it’s the timeless magic of Copperfield, the rock anthems of U2, or the nostalgia of Barry Manilow, the Las Vegas Strip continues to shine as the entertainment capital of the world.