$50 or less: Vegas shows don’t have to break the bank

Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, with world-class performances to cap off your trip to our fabulous desert outpost. But you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy some of the best Vegas has to offer. Based on our own experiences and those of reviews posted on VEGAS.com by verified show ticket purchasers, we recommend the following shows, all $50 or less.

Live music

A personal favorite is Frankie Moreno Live ($44). When Frankie hits the piano à la Jerry Lee Lewis or swivels his hips like Elvis, I feel like I’m in classic Vegas. And for the price, it’s one that I often recommend to friends and family.

Comedy and magic

Among your best bets for an entertainment deal are the comedy clubs sprinkled along the Las Vegas Strip. One of our favorites is Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club ($46) at MGM Grand. Garrett, who rose to fame with his supporting role on the TV hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” often makes appearances at the club and brings in established comedians to perform daily.

We also recommend Improv at Harrah’s ($37), Laugh Factory at Tropicana ($38) and Riviera Comedy Club ($20).

For comedy shows that aren’t of the stand-up variety, Las Vegas offers plenty of affordable choices.

VEGAS.com reviewers’ favorites are Jeff Civillico: Comedy in Action ($39) and Mike Hammer Comedy Magic ($20), both of which offer great entertainment the whole family can enjoy.

Other picks high on our list: Mac King Comedy Magic Show ($38), Defending the Caveman ($43), Nathan Burton Comedy Magic ($40), Marc Savard Comedy Hypnosis ($30), The Mentalist ($30), Gordie Brown ($37), Illusions Starring Jan Rouven ($48) and Murray Celebrity Magician ($27).

Not your standard comedy show, Evil Dead The Musical ($44) is a 4-D theatrical experience with a splatter zone. Blending hilarity with classic cult horror films, the interactive show is a bloody thrill.

Tribute shows

When it comes to tribute shows, I gotta go with Purple Reign, The Prince Tribute Show ($48). Having seen both the tribute show and Prince himself in concert, I have to admit I had a better time at the tribute show. Prince’s show, not so much — perhaps because he only performed a few of his hits during a recent performance. At Purple Reign, every song you’d want to hear is performed (within reason). A Morris Day tribute artist also performs, bringing the audience to their feet. Our VEGAS.com ticket buyers agree: 98 percent of those who reviewed the show (the majority being verified purchasers) said they would recommend Purple Reign to others.

Other tribute shows we’d recommend: B-Beatleshow ($40) and Hitzville the Show ($40). Plus, Divas Starring Frank Marino ($46) is a Vegas mainstay and makes for a great evening out. Who wouldn’t want to see beautiful female impersonators portray such divas as Britney Spears, Cher, Madonna, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross and Beyoncé?