The history of Las Vegas dates back hundreds of years from Native American occupation and the Wild West days to the construction of hotel casinos. Along with the chance to tempt Lady Luck, the location has also been renowned for having world-class entertainment. Some of the most popular celebrities graced the stages of various hotels.
The famous pianist was well-known for epitomizing extravagant glitz and glamour. From his rhinestone-studded clothes to his diamond jewelry, Liberace was a showman. He thrilled audiences for decades with a musical expertise. After all, he trained under the tutelage of masters from the time he was 16 and was considered a child prodigy. His variety show often featured a number of celebrities that included Debbie Reynolds, Phyllis Diller, and Sandy Duncan.
The Rat Pack
Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford and Sammy Davis Jr. were known collectively as the Rat Pack. While Davis Jr., Martin, and Sinatra crooned, Bishop shared his comedic wit. The group was considered some of the best entertainers of their time and enjoyed interacting with their audiences. The city of Las Vegas loved them, as the Rat Pack always attracted high rollers and celebrities.
Elvis opened in Las Vegas after starring in the film “Viva Las Vegas.” From 1969 through 1976, Elvis sold out an incredible 837 shows. Thousands of fans flocked to the International and Hilton hotels in hopes of catching Elvis live. His willingness to interact with fans also thrilled female audiences. He regularly handed out his scarves to the delight of giddy women, and both male and female fans enjoy listening to his music to this day.
Equipped with a powerhouse of a voice, Celine Dion packed shows at Caesars Palace. Unlike many celebrities who tour before having a stage show, she became a popular Las Vegas performer during the peak of her career. But, in addition to singing, her shows commonly included Cirque du Soleil acrobatics, dancing and multimedia displays. She would make time in between to record or spend time with her family.
Siegfried & Roy
The German immigrants combined unimaginable illusions with zoology to the big stage. Their pairing began in the 1950s when they met on a cruise ship as employees. Siegfried was a budding magician and Roy was an avid big cat lover. They soon joined forces to create some of the most memorable moments on stage. They performed 5,750 times before Roy’s tragic accident on stage ended the show.