||Going to a show is sometimes like trying to decide what to eat for dinner - do you want, Italian, Chinese, Thai, American? And then you end up going to a buffet so you can get anything and everything you want! Variety shows are the buffet of the entertainment world - there’s a little bit of music, a little bit of comedy, a little bit of dancing - but one thing’s for sure, variety shows are a whole lot of fun! This in one place where actors, comedians, musicians, clowns and magicians come together on one stage to entertain audiences. Variety shows can be more challenging for performers. Aside from the competitive nature, the performer only has a limited amount of time to amuse and please the viewers. One may think that the variety show has fallen out of fashion, but these performers have shown that the variety show format is well, alive and can still bring smiles to audiences of all ages:
If all other forms of entertainment came from vaudeville, then the variety show would be its direct descendant. Variety shows are still more or less the same format as when it began back in the day. Different performers, not necessarily of the same type or classification would come together and perform one after the other for the same audience. There’s no limitation to the type of entertainer - clowns, stand-ups, actors, magicians, ventriloquists, dancers, singers - can all get up on stage and practice their craft. Eventually when radio and television became popular (and vaudeville became less popular) the variety show format as we know it today was born. For the performers, it was just a matter of changing venues - from the live stage, people like Marx Brothers, George Burns and Gracie Allen, W. C. Fields, and Jack Benny went on to start in movies and TV. In the 60s, Ed Sullivan was perhaps started what was the best variety shows in history - The Ed Sullivan Show. He had all types of acts and even some famous ones today like The Beatles and Elvis (when rock music was all the rage).
Variety shows became even more popular during the 70s. Everyone and anyone was doing variety specials or full seasons of shows, like Sonny and Cher, Olivia Newton-John, Julie Andrews, Carol Burnett, Mary Tyler Moore, The Smothers Brothers, even Jim Henson’s The Muppets had their own shows with musical acts and special guest stars. Eventually, the fascination with variety shows waned, and many of these popular shows ended production. There are still some around today, but in a different format, such as late night talk shows that feature musicians and comedians (but focus mostly on guest interviews) and a few sketch comedy shows still around today like SNL.
But perhaps, if you’re looking for some real vaudeville-style, live stage entertainment, then get off the couch and away from the boob tube and go to Las Vegas for V the Ultimate Variety Show for some high-energy laughs and entertainment. It’s the variety show that tips its hat to the golden era, yet is still sophisticated enough for today’s audiences. V the Ultimate Variety Show features some of today’s best acts - from death-defying stunts to hilarious comedy and even mind-boggling magic acts! This show is now entertaining a new generation of audiences and variety show tickets have never been hotter! V the Ultimate Variety Show will have you at the edge of your seats (falling from them) with the large variety of acts, coming in one after the other. It is one of the best variety shows in Las Vegas and maybe even the country!
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