Las Vegas is, mostly endearingly, called the City of Sin and the city considers itself to be the Entertainment Capital of the World. Despite its focus on entertainment and sin, Las Vegas is a top US destination for business convention, but it’s likely that ‘all that’ sin and entertainment has much to do with it. Besides hitting the slots and playing table games in one or several of the many casinos, there is plenty of other entertainment to enjoy in Las Vegas and one of those is watching musicals.
Musical is generally considered as a much more light-hearted form of entertainment than gambling, as the latter is still often seen as something ‘naughty’; they don’t call Las Vegas Sin City for nothing. Although musicals tend to be seen as light and frivolous, they might have more in common with casino games then you think. Microgaming recently announced the launch of the Phantom of the Opera slot game, after the famous musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lloyd Webber on his turn based his musical on the book with the same name by the French writer Gaston Leroux. If you heading to Sin City in the coming months, consider watching the following musicals as a break from your casino play or other activity.
Matilda the musical is a spectacle based on Roald Dahl’s famous children’s novel. It was first created by the renowned Royal Shakespeare Company and the musical had a most successful run on London’s West End before transferring to New York’s Broadway. Matilda is the winner of 7 Olivier and 5 Tony Awards, the Oscars of the musical world, and is currently on a national tour in the US. Catch this award-winning musical when it hits Las Vegas from 14 until 19 March at the Smith Center.
An American in Paris
This musical is a staging of the film musical classic with the same name from 1951, which solidified Gene Kelly’s status as a super star, as he starred in Singing in the Rain the following year. This romantic post-second-world-war love story in musical form is the winner of 4 Tony Awards and can be seen in Las Vegas’ Smith Center from 11 until 16 April.
The Phantom of the Opera
We already mentioned this classic, as it’s the first musical title to be translated to a slot game. The musical the Phantom of the Opera first opened on Broadway in 1986 and has never left, making The Phantom the longest running musical on Broadway. This massive musical hit has scoped up 7 Tony awards and can be seen in Las Vegas’ Smith Center from 31 May until 11 June.
This musical won’t hit Vegas for another 13 months, but Hamilton’s arrival is already highly anticipated. This musical has the subtitle ‘An American musical’, as it tells the story of the early days of the United States of America. Hamilton is not your typical musical. The score has been described as Sondheim- meets- Notorious B.I.G. and an ethnically diverse cast of actors play the roles of the Founding Fathers. Having opened on Broadway in 2015, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2016 and scooping op no less than 11 Tony Awards, this musical is to embark on a national tour. It will take more than a year before the musical opens in the Smith Center in Las Vegas, but if you’ve already planned a trip, you might want to get yourself tickets for this Broadway hit.