By Caroline Fontein
Finding a great show to see in Vegas is easy. Getting the funds to pay for your tickets is the tricky part. Show tickets can get expensive, especially when you’re paying for several people to attend. But don’t change your plans just yet. Not all show ticket prices will break the bank. Here’s a list of our 10 favorite shows in Vegas with tickets that cost less than $50.
When: 1 and 3 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday.
Price: From $33.99
If you’re in the mood for some afternoon entertainment, Mac King is your man. Right off the bat he’ll get you to chuckle with his outfit, a loud plaid suit that looks like something a crazy uncle would wear. But the comedy doesn’t stop there. The Kentucky native has plenty of tricks up his sleeve. His humor is similar to the computer-animated movie “Shrek.” Kids think he’s funny, but adults think he’s hilarious. King’s show has a simple format that makes it feel like you’re a guest in his living room. He performs out of a briefcase with few production elements, but King doesn’t need any flash. He’s a genuinely entertaining guy who has been delighting audiences of all ages on the Las Vegas Strip for more than 10 years.
Where: Imperial Palace
When: 10 p.m. Saturday – Thursday.
Price: From $30
Female impersonator Frank Marino has been entertaining audiences in Vegas for more than 20 years, and there’s a reason why. His show is over-the-top, wild and totally fabulous. Divas features a lineup of superstar drag queens that impersonate famous female singers from Cher to Lady Gaga. They look, move and act just like the real entertainers as they lip synch to a well-known song by the artist they’re impersonating. It’s a tribute show, but the performers might as well be called illusionists because their ability to transform is mind-boggling. Marino stars as a glamorous femme fatale character and the show’s emcee, where he captivates audiences with both his sassy personality and ever-changing wardrobe of extravagant sparkling gowns and feather boas.
Dancing with the Stars
When: 8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday – Thursday, Saturday, 9 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday.
Price: From $40
This show is an awesome opportunity to experience everything you love about the hit ABC TV show “Dancing with the Stars,” brought to life on a Vegas stage at the Tropicana. “Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas” features fan-favorite dances from past seasons, new routines and DWTS alumni from previous shows. Their performances are Vegasized with glamorous costumes, themed sets and other exciting production elements. Joey Fatone, Kyle Massey, Sabrina Bryan, Tia Carrere, Dmitry Chaplin and Lacey Schwimmer are among the stars and professionals from past seasons now showing off their moves in Vegas. This show is scheduled to run through Aug. 5.
Where: LHV-Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
When: 4 p.m. Saturday – Thursday.
Nuns as entertainment? Why that sounds like total “Nunsense,” and that’s a good thing. Audiences are in for an afternoon of laughs when The Little Sisters of Hoboken take the stage in this wacky musical comedy. The show is based on a group of nuns doing a benefit concert to raise money for their less fortunate sisters. Their financial woes started after the convent cook accidentally poisoned 52 of their sisters. The remaining nuns only had enough money to bury 48 of the deceased. Now the nuns are on a mission to get money to bury the remaining four while the bodies are being temporarily stored in the convent freezer. The zany premise sets the stage for plenty of laughs as Mother Superior and four spunky nuns break it down for audiences at “Nunsense.”
When: 10:30 p.m. Wednesday – Monday.
Price: From $49.95
The performers in this show suck, but that’s what makes them so enticing. When a coven of sexy female vampires take the stage, you may just want to stick your neck out. The dancers in “Bite” perform both topless and covered numbers to a killer classic rock sound track that includes songs by bands like Def Leppard, AC/DC and Black Sabbath . Fans of HBO’s “True Blood” and the Twilight saga will appreciate Bite’s focus on the undead, but this show had its teeth in the Vegas adult entertainment scene long before Sooki Stackhouse and Bella Swan were household names. However, like those sagas, “Bite” has a storyline, setting it apart from other topless revues in Vegas. In this case, the Lord Vampire has had enough of his Erotic Rock Angels, and he’s looking for a new soul mate in the audience. Will it be you?
Legends in Concert
When: 7 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday – Friday.
Price: From $49.00
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could see Elvis, Donna Summer or Barry White perform? Unless you have a sixth sense, it’s highly unlikely. What you can do it see the next best thing at “Legends in Concert.” This show features world-class tribute artists who impersonate the biggest music artists of all time. Make no mistake, these tribute artists don’t just sort of look like a famous entertainer. With more than 25 years on the Strip, this show attracts the crème de la crème of celebrity impersonators from around the world and showcases them in a Vegas-style production with dazzling costumes, lights and other sparkling effects. The performers look, act and sing just like the real artists, and their performances aren’t supplemented by backing tracks. Legends features an ever-changing lineup of performers so you never know who you’re going to see next. Vegas is full of illusions, but this act takes center stage.
Australian Bee Gees Show
When: 7 p.m. Saturday – Thursday.
Price: From $49.45
One of the most famous musical trios of all time, the Bee Gees left a lasting impact on the music industry. Their clever harmonies were a pivotal part of the music scene in the 1960s through the 1980s. They are especially well known for their songs “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever,” which helped fuel the disco craze in the ’70s. Today it’s impossible to hear the harmonies of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb performed live, unless you’re in the audience at the “Australian Bee Gees Show.” This show is a definitive live celebration of five decades of memorable music written by the Gibb brothers, presented in a contemporary perspective with state-of-the-art sound, superb lighting and giant screens featuring video clips, live camera images and other themed graphics.
Rat Pack is Back
When: 7 p.m. nightly.
Price: From $34.63
Vegas is cool because the Rat Pack made it that way. Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Dean Martin defined the city as both an entertainment and gambling destination during their run inside the Copa Room at the Sands in the 1960s. Their cool musical stylings can still be experienced today at the Rat Pack is Back. Seeing the show is experiencing a slice of the city’s colorful history. The tribute artists take turns performing both group and solo renditions of songs including “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head,” ”Luck Be a Lady,” “Lady is a Tramp” and “New York, New York.” Vintage Vegas is a timeless act.
Purple Reign, THE Prince Tribute Show
Where: The D Las Vegas
When: 10 p.m. Thursday – Sunday.
Price: From $39.99
No one really knows what Prince is doing these days, but fans can’t forget his past. The iconic performer made waves with his performance in the 1984 movie “Purple Rain.” Songs from the film and album of the same name, “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy,” are still bringing audiences to their feet in “Purple Reign, THE Prince Tribute Show.” Starring Prince tribute artist Jason Tenner, the show features live performances of the entertainer’s biggest hit songs. The show is modeled after the hit movie and also includes impersonators representing Morris Day and Jerome Benton who perform Morris Day and the Time’s hit songs “The Bird” and “Jungle Love.” While the real Prince’s whereabouts may be an enigma there’s no mystery behind this show. Prince fans won’t be disappointed.
V the Ultimate Variety Show
Where: Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood
When: 7 and 8:30 p.m. nightly.
Price: From $44.99
You get multiple shows in one at V the Ultimate Variety Show. Featuring an exciting lineup of specialty acts from around the world, this robust blend of entertainment offers something for everyone. From incredible juggling by world class juggler Wally Eastwood to a daring high-speed roller skating routine performed by husband and wife Victor and Jenny Arata, this show literally has it all. The non-stop action and diverse lineup provides plenty of laughs, moments of awe and amazement for audiences of all ages.