10 Best Variety Shows In Las Vegas That Will Wow You

By Elle
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Variety shows are by far our favorite types of shows in Las Vegas. You get a little bit of everything — dancing, singing, acrobatics, comedy, fantasy, storyline, even magic!

These days, a lot of the new high-production value shows are some flavor of a variety show. From the long-time favorite Absinthe at Caesars to the all-new Awakening at Wynn, these grandiose high-energy shows are taking over the city by storm!

If you’re visiting Vegas with a bunch of people who can’t seem to agree to one type of show, our best recommendation is to make it a Las Vegas variety show. Here are 10 super popular variety shows that showcase it all.

Key Takeaways

For a classic variety show … we recommend America’s Got Talent Presents Superstars Live! or V – The Ultimate Variety Show

For a variety show featuring a touch of Cirque du Soleil acrobatics … we recommend Mad Apple or The Beatles LOVE

For an adults-only show that mixes comedy with a variety of acts … we recommend Absinthe or Atomic Saloon Show

For a variety show that will leave you totally immersed … we recommend Awakening


Mad Apple By Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil Mad Apple Las Vegas
Courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

Mad Apple is a thrilling concoction of New York-inspired magic that brings the city that never sleeps to the heart of Las Vegas!

From the moment you step into the theater, you’ll be entertained by high-flying acrobatics, music, dance, and even comedy. The dynamic cast includes underground stars, high-flying acrobats, street performers, and the biggest musical sensations that New York has to offer.

  • Type of Show: Variety, Cirque du Soleil, Adults Only
  • Where: Zumanity Theatre at the New York – New York Hotel & Casino
  • Show Length: 80 minutes – No intermission
  • Age Restriction: For audiences 18 years and older

America’s Got Talent Presents Superstars Live!

America’s Got Talent presents Superstars Live! is a thrilling live show at Luxor Casino in Las Vegas, showcasing the best acts from the hit franchise America’s Got Talent (AGT).

Drawing from the pool of AGT winners and fan-favorite performers, the lineup showcases the very best of the talent competition. This high-energy variety show features jaw-dropping performances by past AGT superstars, including magicians, vocalists, acrobats, and more.

The show is always rotating its acts, so you can return to the show again and again, and witness new acts and special guests during limited-engagement appearances.

  • Type of Show: Variety
  • Where: Luxor Theater, Luxor
  • Show Length: 80 minutes
  • Age Restriction: For audiences 5 years and older

V – The Ultimate Variety Show

V Ulatimate Variety Show
Courtesy of V Show

Overwhelmed by the multitude of entertainment options in Las Vegas? V – The Ultimate Variety Show is like a buffet of talent, offering a little bit of everything packed into one thrilling performance.

Featuring a rotating cast of performers, including comedy, magic, dare-devil stunts, and high-energy specialty acts, this show promises an unforgettable show. From death-defying stunts by the Skating Aratas to captivating drum routines by The Crazy Gauchos, each performance promises to either have you at the edge of your seat or leave you breathless.

Critics have hailed it as “seven shows rolled into one”, which alone tells you that this is the perfect Las Vegas variety show for everyone in your party!

  • Type of Show: Variety
  • Where: V Theater, Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood
  • Show Length: 75 minutes
  • Age Restriction: For audiences 5 years and older

Awakening

Awakening at Wynn Las Vegas
Courtesy of Awakening

Starting with the visionary minds of Bernie Yuman, Baz Halpin and Michael Curry, Awakening has captured a massive audience with its combination of dramatic choreography, fantastical creatures, original musical score, and narration by none other than Anthony Hopkins.

At the core of Awakening is a hero’s quest to confront the forces of Light and Darkness. The protagonist, known as IO, encounters a diverse cast of characters, both human and fantastical, as she navigates the challenges that unfold in her mission to reunite opposing forces and save the world.

The show has been called the most technically advanced show on the planet. To help you illustrate why, I’ll just tell you that they spent $120 million to create a massive 360-degree theater just for this show.

Expect everything from amazing dancers, magic, illusions, and puppetry!

  • Type of Show: Top-Seller, Variety
  • Where: Awakening Theater, Wynn Las Vegas
  • Show Length: 80 minutes – No intermission
  • Age Restriction: For audiences 5 years and older

The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil Beatles LOVE
Courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

Experience the magic of The Beatles’ music like never before with “The Beatles LOVE” by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage Las Vegas. Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles LOVE is a spellbinding tribute that celebrates the enduring musical legacy of The Beatles.

Drawing inspiration from the poetry of The Beatles’ iconic lyrics, LOVE unfolds a series of scenes inhabited by both real and imaginary characters. The international cast of 60 performers injects a raw, youthful energy into the performance, blending aerial ballet, extreme acrobatics, and freestyle dance to create one smashingly good show.

Did we mention that there’s confetti rain during the show? Epic!

  • Type of Show: Cirque du Soleil, Musical, Variety
  • Where: LOVE Theater at the Mirage Hotel & Casino
  • Show Length: 90 minutes – No intermission
  • Age Restriction: For audiences 5 years and older

Absinthe

Absinthe Caesars Palace
Courtesy of Caesars Entertainment

Named “the #1 greatest show in Las Vegas history” by Las Vegas Weekly, Absinthe is an innovative Spiegelworld show featuring world-class artists who push the boundaries with amazing feats of strength, balance, danger, and unfathomable flexibility.

Set in an intimate circus tent, this show is full of raunchy jokes, lingerie-clad acrobats, and adult comedy, so be prepared for an outlandishly good time. Amid the raunchy and risqué acts is your show host, Gazillionaire, a filthy rich man with a filthy vocabulary.

It’s a full-fledged institution in Vegas, still one of the most buzzed-about shows on the Strip, and an innovation that has impacted the direction of live entertainment in Las Vegas.

  • Type of Show: Top Seller, Variety, Adults Only
  • Where: Spiegeltent on the Roman Plaza, Caesars Palace
  • Show Length: 80 minutes – No intermission
  • Age Restriction: Must be 18 years of age or older

WOW – The Vegas Spectacular

Get ready to be dazzled by WOW – The Vegas Spectacular, an internationally acclaimed production that transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. With over 2.5 million viewers worldwide, this extravagant variety show is a must-see for families looking for a night of Vegas-style entertainment in Sin City.

Experience a world of water, wonder, and fantasy as 30 artists take the stage in a display of talent and creativity. Directed by Hanoch Rosenn (known for his extravagant productions), WOW promises to, well, wow audiences of all ages!

Expect 3D multi-media projections, water walls, holograms, and dazzling choreography set to magnificent music. From aerialists and acrobats to stunt performers and dancers, WOW features an incredible lineup of talent.

This award-winning production has rightfully earned its accolades, including Best Production Show, Best New Show, Best Family Friendly Show, and Best Value Show in the Best of Las Vegas awards.

  • Type of Show: Variety, Water-Themed
  • Where: Rio Showroom, Rio
  • Show Length: 90 minutes
  • Age Restriction: For audiences 4 years and older

VEGAS! THE SHOW

Vegas The Show
Courtesy of Vegas! The Show

Step into the glamour and glitz of old-time Vegas with VEGAS! THE SHOW, featuring showgirls, Broadway-style singers, dancers, and a live big band. Experience the story of how it all began, paying homage to The Rat Pack, Elvis, Gladys Knight & The Pips, and more.

From the dazzling showgirls to the powerhouse singers and dynamic dancers, this production takes you on a musical journey through the decades, celebrating the legendary performers who defined Las Vegas as the “Entertainment Capital of the World”.

With elaborate costumes, booming musical numbers, and a classic Vegas vibe, this show is a nostalgic tribute to the city’s rich entertainment history.

  • Type of Show: Variety, Musical
  • Where: Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood
  • Show Length: 75 minutes
  • Age Restriction: No age restriction

Atomic Saloon Show

Atomic Saloon Show
Courtesy of The Venetian

Get ready for a wild and raunchy ride at the Atomic Saloon Show in Vegas, where Madam Boozy Skunkton and her crew host a nightly boozy-doozy of circus, variety, and comedy mayhem.

Set in a real-life bar, the show unfolds amidst the hazy ambiance of multiple bars serving an array of adult beverages. Expect the unexpected as you navigate through the lively atmosphere and indulge in themed cocktails while enjoying jaw-dropping performances, comedy, dancing, circus sideshow acts, and acrobatics.

From the creators of Absinthe, this immersive adults-only experience at The Venetian promises an unforgettable night of bold humor and outrageous entertainment.

  • Type of Show: Variety, Adults Only
  • Where: The Venetian Resort Las Vegas
  • Show Length: 75 minutes
  • Age Restriction: For audiences 18 years and older

DiscoShow

DiscoShow Las Vegas
Courtesy of DiscoShow

Get ready to party like it’s 1977. Step back in time to the groovy era of the 1970s with DiscoShow, a dance party celebration of disco music and culture. Inspired by David Mancuso’s legendary loft parties in New York City, this immersive experience invites you to dance the night away in the Glitterloft alongside iconic characters from the disco era.

  • Type of Show: Dance, Immersive, Adults Only
  • Where: The LINQ Hotel + Experience
  • Show Length: 70 minutes – No intermission
  • Age Restriction: Must be 18 years of age or older

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About The Author - Elle
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My name is Elle and I'm a travel blogger based in California. I love helping people plan trips and create unique itineraries based on their interests and their budgets. I'm a huge fan of outdoor adventures and doing off-the-beaten-path things in Las Vegas (and around the world too)!