PHOTO : Legends in Concert logo ( public domain source )
This is the seventh entry in a series detailing our June 2010 Vegas trip. On June 17, we attended Legends in Concert , which is the longest running celebrity tribute show in the world. This tribute show, now in it’s 26th year, presents live re-creations of past and current entertainment superstars who are backed by a multi-talented live band and supportive singer – dancers. This impressive show is a long – standing Vegas strip institution and after attending we understand why. Thanks to Connie Clark, one of the show’s producers, for enabling us to attend this inventive and entertaining show.
Legends boasts an alternating cast of tribute artists and the show’s ongoing lineup periodically rotates providing for new and fresh performers thereby adding to it’s overall long – running appeal. On the night we caught the show at Harrah’s , we enjoyed artists who portrayed Donna Summer ( Marva Scott ) , Elton John ( Mitch Adams ), Aretha Franklin ( Denita Asberry ), Christina Aguilera ( Christina Shaw ), and Elvis ( Matt Lewis ). All the performers were exceedingly effective at delivering the vocal sounds and many of the personal nuances of the iconic original performers they portrayed. One element of the overall show that stood out for us was the consistent vocal talent of the performers…they were all simply magnificent and upper – tier. They all were very engaging as well which engendered audience connection and participation and made for a fun gig to attend.
The vocal range particularly displayed by Denita Asberry as Aretha Franklin was simply unbelievable, and she was quite adept at capturing and emanating the emotional feel of the original Queen of Soul. Matt Lewis made a great Elvis as the show’s final act…and was certainly the overall favorite among female audience members. He donned two different costumes with the latter one reminiscent of the famed white and jewel – studded jump suit that the original Elvis wore in his ongoing Vegas performances that began in 1969. Mr Lewis seemed to have just the right number of unbuttoned shirt buttons to drive the ladies nuts while portraying The King. His rendition of “Viva Las Vegas ” while supported by hot showgirls in dazzling white simply set the venue on it’s ear. The guy was fabulous and even I have to admit he was cute.
PHOTO : Matt Lewis as Elvis – Legends in Concert ( public domain source)
The supporting cast members of this show deserve high recognition as well. The quality and talent of the live band and singer – dancers surrounding the tribute artists was super. They all made it look easy and they all made very measurable and significant contributions to the show’s entertainment value and quality. The producers, technicians, and stage crew that were unseen behind the curtains added their unheralded magic to the show’s mix. This entire ensemble of professional entertainers and crew combined to make for a very memorable and entertaining Vegas show option. Needless to say, we highly recommend Legends ..it’s a party.
Legends is performed six nights a week ( dark Wednesdays ) with shows slated at 7:30 and 10 pm nightly, although the Harrah’s website indicates single nightly performances at 6:30 pm on what they term “select” days ( which likely means on some weekdays when they have less show demand). Access this link or phone 702 – 369 – 5111 to obtain specific date and time of shows. Retail ticket prices for this show range from $48 (general admission ) – $70.28 (VIP seating with a buffet) on the Harrah’s site. As of this writing, Legends tickets are available from Half Price Shows for as little as $33.13 each for show dates two weeks in advance ( through August 5, 2010 ).
Go see this show the next time you’re in Vegas..it’s a winner.