Las Vegas: Something for Everybody

By Alex Adad-Santos for PASSPORT Magazine

For nocturnal entertainment, all you need is LOVE (Tel: 702-792-7777). Housed at the Mirage and set to the sound of the Beatles, this Cirque Du Soleil production brings your favorite songs to life; Lucy literally flies through a diamond sky.

For something even more arousing, reserve your tickets now for the ever-evolving Zumanity (Tel: 702-740-6815). The risqué version of Cirque found a home in Sin City in 2004, and has updated itself every year since. Bringing sensuality, sexuality, and eroticism front and center, this show spotlights its performers, giving you steaming vignettes and incredible bursts of Vegas showmanship.

Broadway's oldest show, The Phantom of the Opera , will certainly find its New York longevity matched in The Venetian's multi-million dollar theater. The lavish setting, popping in rich hues, breathes a new life into Andrew Lloyd Webber's famed work. Other Broadway productions are following suit, as the Jersey Boys bring their razzle dazzle to the Palazzo, The Producers make their way to Paris , and Monty Python's SPAMALOT tickles audiences at the Wynn.

If what goes on in Vegas stays there, then there will be fanilow madness for many days to come. Through 2008, the Copacabana Captain will make the Las Vegas Hilton the hottest spot north of Havana when he presents Manilow: Music and Passion . Starting with the brassy elements of the 1940s, extending through the pop-ballads of the 50s and 60s, and ending with his famed hits "Mandy" and "Copacabana"; Barry's performance will have you dancing in the aisles.

Gay nightlife thrives off the strip and the newest addition to the bevy of gay bars located on "The Fruit Loop" (near The Hard Rock Hotel) is Piranha-8 1/2 Lounge (4603 Paradise Road. Tel: 702-791-0100). Two distinctive spaces come together in one venue and attract a crowd of low-key bar buddies and youthful, dancing, social butterflies. You can sip martinis in the elegant lounge space or dance your heart away on the ground floor.

As you move toward The Strip, mega-club Krave (3663 Las Vegas Blvd. Tel: 702-836-0830) thumps until the morning hours. A late-night beacon for energetic night owls, the bare, industrial feel of its dance floor pulsates with housey, bass-driven beats. Buffed bods and cardioholics are drawn to the dancefloor. The club-complex also has a saloon-like space where you enjoy intimate conversation with your future ex-boyfriend. It's a safe bet that this Jeffrey Sanker project is still the place to be any night (or early morning) of the week.

The scene at the bars and lounges on The Strip are very mixed, if not mind-numbing. One minute could find you in a replicated Egyptian Sphinx, while the next could find you at the gothic LAX . Opened at the Luxor, this adaptation of the Los Angeles A-list dig incorporates blood reds with wrought iron accents, leather banquettes, dramatic candles, and a plethora of VIP lofts. The Beatles Revolution Lounge mixes the swank and circumstance of the 60s with a stark white and aubergine color scheme, which makes you feel like you're sipping your gin and tonic right out of a 2010 version of Abbey Road.

When it comes to Las Vegas, there truly is "something for everybody."

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Published: 13 Aug 2008 | Last Updated: 1 Apr 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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