Tuesday, July 31, 2012

- Viva Las VEGAS!

Whenever I hear this phrase now it really reminds me of the all of the shows that I saw in Vegas.  All were incredible productions in their own way but, perhaps what kept blowing my mind the most is how they took place in theaters, which were by no means small or meager, located inside hotels.  I mean Vegas hotels really are like no other hotels anywhere else on Earth.


1. Cirque du Soleil "O" @ The Bellagio: I thought for sure that if I was going to see a Cirque show in Vegas I was going to see Love.  But then shortly before my trip  I actually met someone that had lived in Vegas for the past two years and seen all of the Cirque shows.  Since I was only going to hit up one (or so I thought) I wanted her opinion on which ones gave the most bang for their buck.  She recommended "O" as the best, with Mystere as a second.  But, she also talked about Ka quite a bit.  After looking into all of them, I decided that "O" topped my list because I loved the idea of the stage being water.

I was not disappointed at all.  We went on Saturday night, less than 24 hours after I arrived, and afterwards I knew that the entire trip to Vegas was worth it because I got to see what I saw in "O".

It was just everything.  Every act would end and I would think "That was totally the best one" but then there was something else even more amazing to behold.  I was so glued to the stage that it took nearly 4 or 5 acts in for me to realiz that the music was being performed live.  Then I would get lost searching for a wire that I though had to be there, only to realize that the stages were moving under water to create different waterscapes for the aerial stunts.  I mean...Mind. Blown.
This picture was taken in a "No Pictures Allowed" Zone.  Oops.

I had planned to see only one show in Vegas, but when I booked the tickets they were careful to share that I got 25% off any additional Cirque shows I booked.  I still had that burning feeling that I couldn't not see Love, and I knew that Liz would be the perfect companion for such a show.  So I texted her to let her know I could get a deal and she was on board.  So what I'm saying is...I'm only halfway done telling you about how insane Cirque shows are.

2. Chippendales @ The Rio: Vegas is home to 2 male revue shows, Chippendales and Thunder from Down Under.  Since my personal Gold Medal would be to land an Australian husband, I was more interested in seeing Thunder...but then Kelsey informed me that Joey Lawrence would be hosting at Chippendales while we were in town.  Since she was acoompanying me to Cirque, I felt the least I could do was go with her to check that out...and boy did we do a lot of checking things out.
For your reference.

So...Chippendales was just more scandalous than I thought it could be.  My cheeks hurt from laughing for so long at the ridiculousness of nipple rings and g strings hitting the floor.  But also, I had so many unanswered questions at the end of the show.  Like "What led him to this career?  And what is next for the Chippendale's guy after his time on the stage is over?  And does anyone NOT in Chippendale's pierce their nipples anymore?  And why do I find the cowboy routine surprisingly hot?  And what is their annual budget for thin, pre-notched wife beaters?"  

Alas, we may never know.

3. Cirque du Soleil "Love" @ The Mirage: I've listened to and liked the Beatles for almost as long as I can remember.  However, it wasn't until highschool that I fell completely and utterly in all you need is Love with them.  I remember staying up late to watch A Hard Day's Night and Yellow Submarine and in those moments realizing the full magnitude of what exactly the Fab Four created.  I can't name a Beatles song I don't like.  I'd have a hard time naming one that I haven't cried to at some moment in the past.  Or one that I don't have a fantastic memory associated with.  If ever in all my life through, I might have temporarily forgotten that they were the greatest band ever, Across the Universe reminded me.  
It's physically impossible not to smile when this song plays.

Our seats for Love were amazing.  Due to the 25% discount, and the fact that we went on a Monday night, our money really got us some great seats.  We were close enough to be involved in stunts in the show and have performers near us, but not so close that we couldn't take in all of the action.  And aside from the thrill of our proximity, there was the actual show itself.  

It took my breath away.  I was so emotionally connected I was all I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together the entire time.  I would recognize the beginning notes to a new song and it would start to weave a story of my life connecting moments that got interwoven with what was happening in front of me, and beside me with Liz.  Something was unforgettable.  An Octopus's Garden was more than comedy.  Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds was magical.  Tears flowed down my cheeks during Hey Jude.  THAT show made Vegas worth it.  It was so much to me that I don't think I could see it again because the first time should be the only time.  Y'all - I could barely bring myself to throw away paper confetti that fell on me during the show.  Paper confetti.
This will kind of help you understand, but not really
Seen going in and coming out of the theater
The Revolution Lounge @ Mirage
Liz and I still high off the show

4. Divas: If you're going to see a drag show, you might as well see the Drag Show.  Divas with Frank Marino, who is the longest running headliner in Vegas, is filled with glitz, breastplates, and to be Frank about it, balls.  I knew that Meggles wouldn't pass up the opportunity to check out some Queens, and it reminded of us a simpler time when we watched female impersonators named Porkchop at Legends.  But on this night, we got to "see" some much bigger names.
Katy Perry
And of course...Cher

If you looked at her and didn't sing "If I could turn back time" then it's like I don't even know you anymore.

There were many others, and while I had a great time, I probably would have had a better time if my stomach wasn't starting to act a fool...

My last list focuses on VEGAS! attractions - so expect excerpts from the Strip, Fremont Street, and the Spring Valley ER!

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