By Caroline Fontein
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but don’t worry if you’re still trying to plan your night. There are plenty of things to do in Las Vegas to celebrate. You can dine at the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, take a romantic gondola right at the Venetian or even solidify cupid’s arrow for good and tie the knot at one of the many wedding chapels on the Las Vegas Strip. Well, maybe you’re not quite there, but another date-night option that’s always a hit is seeing a show. When it comes to Valentine’s Day you probably want something special, romantic and maybe even a little naughty. We’ve put together a list of seductive shows on the Strip that are sure to spice up your night.
Where: Planet Hollywood
When: 9 p.m. on Thu. – Fri., Sun. – Tue; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Sat.
Naughty nursery rhymes, sexy dancers and Holly Madison, what more do you need for a fun night out? While there are numbers where women perform topless, the singing, dancing, whimsical costumes and elaborate set pieces in “Peepshow” provide more to look at than just a feast of flesh. Women can enjoy and relate to the show’s storyline of helping “Bo Peep” (played by Madison) find her inner sex goddess while men can appreciate the show’s shall we say other assets. “Peepshow” is sure to show your loved one a flirtatious and fun time with a healthy dose of sexy thrown in for good measure.
When: 10 p.m. nightly
Warning, this show is not for the faint of heart. The voluptuous vixens in “X Burlesque” know how to turn up the heat. The dancers perform mostly topless numbers that portray almost every male fantasy. There’s no storyline, just sexy vignettes choreographed to popular music. For one scene the dancers perform on a pole right in the middle of the theater. There’s no bad view in this showroom. This show might not be for every couple, but if you want something that’s sure to excite “X” marks the spot.
Where: Paris Las Vegas
When: 7:30 p.m. Fri. – Sun.
If just reading Manilow’s name connotes boring, skip to the next show on the list. The thought of seeing the legendary singer for Valentine’s Day might not be for everyone, but for Fanilows Manilow writes “the songs that make the whole world sing.” Along with performing his hits including “Looks Like We Made It” and “Copacabana (At the Copa)” another big part of Manilow’s show are songs from his most recent album “The Greatest Love Songs of All Time.” Hearing Manilow sing songs like “Love is Here to Stay” and ““Where Do I Begin? (Theme From Love Story)” is sure to give you goose bumps and make you want to reach for your significant other’s hand. Whether you’re in a new romance or a more mature relationship, Manilow’s romantic take on music is sure to ignite a few sparks for couples in love.
Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil
Where: New York-New York
When: 7:30 and 10 p.m. Fri. – Tue.
Led by the show’s emcee, a glittering drag queen named Edie, Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity” takes couples for a walk on the wild side. Through stunning imagery, aerialists, comical vignettes and sultry dancing each scene portrays a different theme of sexuality from playful lust to self-inflicted pleasure and pain. This show is naughty by nature and even has a segment in it where people are asked to join in a simulated group orgasm. Seeing the show is definitely a break from reality and is bound to help jumpstart any relationship. For couples who want to see something different, edgy and with a whole lot of sex appeal you’ll have plenty to enjoy at “Zumanity.”
Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular
When: 7 p.m. Mon. – Sat., plus 9:30 p.m. Mon. and Sat.
A jealousand, possesive lover, a beautiful songstress and a prince charming waiting to sweep in and save the day, “Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular” has all the elements for a romantic Valentine’s Day night out on the town. While the typical guy might not be a fan of sitting through a musical, the show’s multi-million dollar production elements can’t be denied. Taking place in a custom-designed theater at Venetian there are plenty of things to admire in this show apart from just the performers. The centerpiece of the theater is a 2,100-pound chandelier that hangs over the audience and cost $4.5 million to create. Plus, there’s all the other special effects and pyrotechnics that make this one explosive show, literally. If you’re a guy and don’t mind sitting through an about 95-minute love story, seeing “Phantom of the Opera” is sure to score you some bonus points after the show. For Phantom fans seeing the show as a Vegas production is a not-to-be-missed experience, and the show’s love story is a perfect fit for couples on Valentine’s Day.
LOVE by Cirque du Soleil
When: 7 and 9:30 p.m. Thu. – Mon.
For any couple who loves the Beatles you won’t want to miss hearing your favorite songs brought to life by the fantastical Cirque du Soleil performers in “LOVE.” The show’s costumes, characters and set pieces transport audiences to another world depicted by iconic songs including “Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds,” “Revolution” and other beloved hits. Hearing the music and seeing the stunning imagery is an experience worth sharing with your sweetheart. Plus with a name like “Love” this show is bound to be a hit on Valentine’s Day.
MGM Grand’s Crazy Horse Paris
Where: MGM Grand
When: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Wed. – Mon.
Sophisticated yet sexy this French import portrays adult entertainment in an artful way. Mesmerizing patterns are projected on to the beautiful Crazy Horse Paris dancers to create tantalizing and stunning imagery. The show is based on a Parisian classic that was created in 1951 and the modern version continues to allure audiences with its innovative take on the traditional striptease show. Men and women will enjoy the show’s sex appeal yet refined portrayal of the female form. Couples who want a show with both class and sass get the best of both at ”MGM Grand’s Crazy Horse Paris.”
When: 7 and 9:30 p.m. Fri. – Tue.
Fantastical dreams become reality in this bedtime story about a woman saying goodnight to her man and then drifting off to sleep dreaming about her prince charming. French for the dream, “Le Rêve” depicts a colorful aquatic wonderland of beautiful and mystifying characters that perform in, on and around a 68-and-a-half-foot pool. The show’s in-the-round theater design adds to the experience with its 1,608 seats situated around the 42-foot deep pool. Sitting in the unique theater and watching the incredible performers is an exhilarating experience to share with your loved one. At the end of the show the woman is reunited with the man creating the perfect happy ending. For couples who want an extra-special experience the show offers champagne circle seating featuring chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate truffles and a complimentary bottle of champagne. Now that’s something to celebrate.