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Celine Dion, one of the queen’s of the Las Vegas show scene
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The impatient crowd shouts, “Celine! Celine! Celine!” The theatre buzzes with excitement. The luxe red curtain rises, and the diva takes the stage, stunning in a glittering designer gown. The first notes of ‘I Drove All Night’ blast through the speakers that surround the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Fans scream and swoon. Celine Dion, one of Las Vegas’ most iconic performers, is back on stage after taking a year off.

Las Vegas is an unrivalled centre of entertainment, home to hundreds of shows and productions. And many of them are must-sees. Dion’s incredible concert is one of them.

With a revamped set list for her 12th year performing in Las Vegas, Dion belts out 23 songs that dazzle the audience. Her repertoire includes mega-hits such as ‘It’s All Coming Back to Me Now’, ‘Because You Loved Me’ and ‘My Heart Will Go On’, as well as covers of classics Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Purple Rain. Towards the end of the show, she even sings hologram duets with projections of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.

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Celine Dion at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace
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Her reign as one of the city’s most popular performers shows no signs of abating. In fact, since Dion opened the Colosseum in 2003, she has performed almost 1,000 shows there.

Her current run, with seats starting at $55, is scheduled through 17 January.

“I have waited literally years to see her,” self-proclaimed superfan A.J. Baruch, of San Francisco, said after a recent show. “This was the best performance I have ever seen.”

As the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas features some of the best singers, dancers, actors, comedians and magicians from around the globe. There are shows here to choose from for every audience type and personality, whether you’re on a bachelor and bachelorette do, a family holiday, after a daredevil experience or craving some live music.

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The Beatles LOVE is a Cirque du Soleil masterpiece
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Really, you can’t go wrong with any of Cirque du Soleil’s eight current productions. My absolute favourite is The Beatles LOVE at the Mirage Resort and Casino. It pairs acrobatics, dance and visual effects with classic rock tunes from the Fabulous Four. The show takes audience members on a journey through the ’60s, with tumblers on trampolines, aerial ballerinas, trapeze artists and trick rollerbladers. Plus, there isn’t a bad seat in the house — the ‘worst’ is less than 100 feet from the stage — and each seat is equipped with three speakers, two in the headrest and one on the seat back, making for an unmatchable audio experience.

For bachelorettes and girls’ nights out, don’t miss Chippendales. It’s like ‘Magic Mike’ live with plenty of hunky men parading around the stage to throngs of screaming ladies. The cast includes rotating guest hosts that are well worth the price of a ticket. Model Tyson Beckford recently guest starred, and I saw Ian Ziering last year.

Vegas! The Show is the best choice for a true Vegas revue. With 40 singers and dancers and 11 on-stage musicians, it celebrates iconic moments from the city’s rich entertainment history. There are showgirls, throwback songs and dance numbers and nods to Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra and other Rat Packers. If you can only make it to one show, this is the one to choose.

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Popovich entertains with his animal sidekicks
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There are plenty of family shows to choose from as well though. Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater is a winner with my children. Dogs, cats, birds and other critters act out skits while Popovich, a trained clown, juggles, jumps rope and fishes for laughs from the audience.

Jeff Civillico: Comedy in Action is another top pick for a family outing. Civillico blends physical comedy, stunts and incredible juggling with family-friendly audience interaction. He juggles bowling balls and chainsaws, balances a 12-foot ladder on his chin and maneuvers an oversized unicycle.

Children and adults from the audience join Civillico on stage to take part in the comedy fun that’s appropriate for all ages. Moreover, Civillico’s zany personality is sure to keep kids, and adults, entertained. The show runs 5:30pm most days at the Flamingo Las Vegas; tickets start at $35.

 

See some of Las Vegas’ biggest and best shows during your next holiday in Las Vegas.

 

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