Las Vegas’ longest running tribute show, Legends in Concert, wowed an appreciative crowd at the opening of the annual Legends Christmas show at the Flamingo Las Vegas on Monday, December 8, following a pre-show cocktail reception at The Blvd Cocktail Company at the Linq.
In keeping with the spirit of the holidays the Coronado High School choir opened the show with several a Capella traditional Christmas carols. Upon their heels, Jason Jarrett quickly warmed up the audience with dazzling Michael Jackson choreography to “Got to Be Starting Something” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.”
What followed was a meld of timeless classics that cover several generations of unforgettable hits. Britney Spears (Katie Murdock-Gunther), Barbra Streisand (Sharon Owens, Elvis (Bill Cherry) and Bobbie Darin (Art Vargas), serenaded the crowd with respective holiday blockbusters like “Santa Baby”, “Jingle Bells”, “Blue Christmas”, and “Jingle Bell Rock”.
Standard show fare at Legends is never disappointing to fans regardless how often one may view the show. Vargas/Darin is as smooth and mellow as a mug of real hot cocoa when he delivers “Somewhere Beyond the Sea”, and a personal favorite, “Mack the Knife.”
Jarret/MJ is nothing but joyfully in sync with “Thriller” and while doing the moonwalk. Sharon Owens ala Barbra sparkles with “Memories” and “Somewhere”, and Cherry’s Elvis persona grows progressively more powerful with “Suspicious Minds” and, of course, “Burning Love.”
Backed by a polished and talented band, the Legends in Concert cast provides one of those rare live shows that almost feels like it ends too early. The 2014 Christmas show ends on a triumphant note with a full cast rendition of “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and a fabulous orchestral rendition by the band of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Carol of the Bells.” – Christine McKellarFor tickets to the Legends in Concert Holiday Show that runs through December 30, 2014 at the Flamingo Vegas, please visit: http://www.legendsinconcert.com/las-vegas# ***Locals are eligible for a two for one ticket purchase.***