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Shows & Bargains Make Vegas The Place to be in These Crazy Times

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These are crazy times we’re living in. So Las Vegas wants visitors to have some crazy fun. And there are shows and bargains that can make that happen.

Think of spectacular entertainment– music, dance, magic, et al, and you should immediately think of Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the world.

In Las Vegas there’s excitement 24 hours a day, with shows, hotels on the famed Vegas Strip, and restaurants offering top-notch chefs and great food.

Oh yes, …there’s gambling, or “gaming” as they like to call it in Vegas. But in between trips to the slot machines, poker tables, craps, roulette, etc., there’s world-class entertainment being offered.

Since its beginning as a fun little desert town, Las Vegas has always presented topnotch entertainers– singers, dancers, magicians and musicians. It’s all there in the city that never sleeps.

The fabled Vegas Strip features some the most impressive resorts-casinos such as Caesars Palace, MGM Grand, Venetian, Bellagio, The Mirage, Treasure Island, Mandalay Bay, Imperial Palace, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Tropicana, etc.

Each is unique in architecture, design and motif. New York, New York sports a Manhattan skyline, and the Luxor looks as though it should be nestled on the Nile. The Monte Carlo and the Excalibur are as different as the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal. Different tastes for different folks. And Circus Circus is just that– a fun-filled hotel with a circus atmosphere.

A sight unto itself is a stroll on the Strip, just to ogle the structures, and not believe your eyes. The Bellagio’s water fountains put on an unbelievable show throughout the day. And the pirate show is popular at Treasure Island, affectionately known as the TI.

Also on the Strip, and not to be overlooked is the Stratosphere, with a rollercoaster on the rooftop! Then there is the venerable Sahara, still looking good with its classic Vegas atmosphere. The Hilton, which was home to Elvis during his heyday in town, is also impressive.

For modern young thrill-seekers, fun times await at the Hard Rock Café, the Palms Casino, Planet Hollywood and the House of Blues.

For fun and games on a budget, go downtown Vegas, the place the locals go for the best deals for meals and shows. Just a couple of miles further down the Strip is the original location of the first ultra-glitzy Vegas hotels, such as the Golden Nugget and the Horseshoe. Downtown also features the Fremont Street Experience, a free attraction that covers five blocks with an overhead canopy that has a state-of-the-art light show and music that plays throughout the night.

There’s a monorail that traverses the Strip at a fairly nominal charge, and you won’t get stuck in traffic.

A quick glance at some of the regular Vegas performers include Donny and Marie Osmond at the Flamingo; magician Criss Angel and Cirque de Soleil at the Luxor; Donn Arden’s Jubilee at Bally’s Las Vegas; the Jersey Boys at the Palazzo; the Blue Man Group at the Venetian; Phantom (of the Opera) at the Venetian. Also Barry Manilow at the Hilton.

Shows change, of course, but there’s always top notch entertainment and bargains in crazy Vegas!


Frank Barron is the former editor of The Hollywood Reporter, having served twice in that capacity. In between, he was West Coast news director for Billboard Publications, supervising their five magazines. Barron also created the western TV series “The Man From Blackhawk” for the ABC network. For more than three decades he and writer-wife Margie Barron have covered Hollywood for Production Update magazine, and they currently contribute to numerous publications. Frank started in showbiz as publicity director for the KHJ radio and television station. Before moving to California, he was a sports editor in New Jersey.

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