Believe it or not, there was a day when Vegas just oozed glamour in such a way that even the mice wore bowties… OK well, we may be exaggerating with the whole dapper mouse thing but there was no mistaking that Vegas was a very elegant destination.
Continuously populated with icons of class and poise such as Audrey Hepburn, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra (just to name a few) Vegas was a high-class, high-roller haven.
To further paint this picture, if vintage Vegas entertainment and modern day Vegas entertainment were a drink, they would be top-shelf scotch, neat in a crystal snifter and a bluish liquor-filled fishbowl bubbling with dry ice and strobe light ice cubes, respectively.
Bottom line, there is no evading the fact that times have changed since the classic days of the Rat Pack and to follow suit, Vegas’ entertainment scene has done its part in evolving as well. Now, don’t get us wrong, we love the pulse of a killer DJ and the thrill of an adrenaline-spiking Cirque du Soleil production, but if you’re anything like us, there is at least one fiber in your body that yearns for that ’50s and ’60s feel of the kind of intimate entertainment that solely relies on the performer’s talent to make the show worthwhile. So, if you’re with us on that one, read on to see how you can experience vintage Vegas entertainment in the modern era of the Entertainment Capital of the World.
FRANK. – The Man. The Music. at the Palazzo
A step inside of the Palazzo Theater is a step into the dazzling wonderment of classic Vegas as impressionist Bob Anderson brings to life a complete Frank Sinatra concert just as it would have been done at the height of the legend’s performing career.
Covering various chapters of Sinatra’s life — his work in the recording studio, personal appearances, concerts and work on television specials — this concert re-creation brings you back to vintage Vegas, spotlighting all of the romance and glamour that was Frank Sinatra.
To make it even more authentic, the music is made by a 32-piece orchestra, which is not only made up of nearly 50 percent of Sinatra’s personal orchestra members, but is also under the musical direction of Vincent Falcone — Sinatra’s close friend and personal musical director for more than a decade.
Matt Goss at Caesars Palace
Singer Matt Goss is bringing audiences back to the days of vintage Vegas with a swinging band, sexy dancers and a classic casino venue. The show at Cleopatra’s Barge, now dubbed the Gossy Room, in Caesars Palace features a blend of covers and Goss’ original songs such as the hits “When Will I Be Famous” and “Strong.” Goss’ dapper attire, striking blue eyes and smooth voice has drawn the inevitable comparisons to Frank Sinatra and he pays tribute to the legendary singer and the Rat Pack era in his show by crooning songs like “Luck Be a Lady” and “I’ve Got the World on a String.” Perfect for a swanky, dressed-up, date night on the town get ready for some talent-infused entertainment inside of the intimate venue.
Jubilee at Bally’s Las Vegas
Ladies and gentlemen, let us take you back to the golden age of Las Vegas. The days of smooth jazz music and classic glamour. The days when nightclubs were swanky lounges and the performers were your friends. Sounds like a pretty good time, doesn’t it? Well it is and lucky for all of us, Donn Arden’s “Jubilee” is the legacy of those glorious days in full splendor six nights a week at Bally’s Las Vegas.
This extravagant production, which debuted in 1981, oozes every bit of glitz and class that it did in its heyday. It maintains the authenticity of Donn Arden’s original vision through preserving the dance numbers and strutting original costumes and jewelry.
Having outlasted every showgirl production in Vegas, “Jubilee” is not only the longest-running show in Vegas, but is also the one of the few shows left in the world with authentic showgirls.
Yes, you’re thinking correctly – feather-clad, diamond-drenched, bust-bearing, beautiful showgirls. Touting a cast of nearly 100 professionally trained, long-legged showgirls and showboys who kick, dance, sing and shimmy their way through 95 minutes of continuous over-the-top numbers, “Jubilee” doesn’t leave out a single detail out.
The Rat Pack is Back! at Tuscany Suites & Casino
People might immediately think Elvis when it comes to Las Vegas, but before The King, the city jived to the tune of four entertainers who won over audiences with their cool musical stylings and playful stage demeanor.
During the 1960s, the Rat Pack – Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Dean Martin – brought fame and recognition to the city as both an entertainment capital and gambling destination during their run inside the Copa Room at the Sands. Today, audiences can relive the revelry and timeless music of the Rat Pack era in the show “The Rat Pack is Back!” at Tuscany Suites. “The Rat Pack is Back!” starts with a custodian mopping the stage and reminiscing about working at the Sands and hanging out with Frank and the guys.
Before the performers take the stage, video clips of vintage Vegas play on screens hanging on both sides of the stage, reminding everyone of where the city’s reputation as a glitzy and glamorous destination started.
Once the audience is warmed up, the curtain opens to reveal a 12-piece Lon Bronson orchestra that fires up the audience with toe-tapping music to usher out the tribute artists. Performing classic hits including, “Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes,” “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” and “That Old Black Magic,” these four cool cats really know how to have a good time and by the end of the show, you will too.
Spirit of the King at Four Queens
Elvis tribute artist Steve Connolly is rocking downtown Las Vegas as he brings The Spirit of the King to audiences at the Four Queens. Having performed more than 4,500 shows impersonating The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Connolly does much more than sing Presley’s well-known hits; he takes his audiences back in time as if they were seeing the iconic musician performing right before their eyes. Performing classics such as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Burning Love” and “Heartbreak Hotel” we can guarantee you that while the real Elvis may have left the building, Connolly has the power to transport audiences into the feeling of an era that has been long since tucked into the pages of history.
With many years of experience performing his Elvis impersonation act across the globe, Connolly will continue his rocking concerts right here in Las Vegas where the original King got his start.
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