Wow. Thirty years ago, there was no Internet, no DVDs and no cell phones. There was no Prozac or Viagra, and no disposable contact lenses.
What was around 30 years ago? “Legends in Concert,” the tribute show now at Flamingo Las Vegas that shows no signs of slowing down. “Legends in Concert” celebrated its 30th anniversary on The Strip on May 5, and recently put on a special anniversary show, so we grabbed some photos to memorialize the occasion.
Britney Spears is played by Katie Murdock. We trust we have your attention now.
When it opened in 1983, “Legends in Concert” originally ran in the hotel now called The Quad, then had a long run at Harrah’s Las Vegas. Now, it’s all about the Flamingo Showroom, on a stage shared with famed performers George Wallace and Donny & Marie.
The current line-up of “Legends in Concert” features Britney Spears (played by the aforementioned Katie Murdock), Michael Jackson (Damian Brantley), Elvis (Victor Trevino), Rod Steward (John Anthony) and Lady Gaga (Kate Steele.)
Damian Brantley, as Michael Jackson, will make you want to unison clap, even if you’re a unison clapping hater.
There have been about 18,000 performances of “Legends in Concert” during its run on The Strip, and it’s estimated the production has been seen by a staggering 6.5 million Las Vegas visitors. Well, not all of them were staggering, but quite a few were. It’s Las Vegas. We’re just saying.
Did we mention there’s a Britney Spears impersonator? Our memory isn’t what it used to be.
Each of the performers in “Legends in Concert” has to be a triple-threat: They must look similar to the star they emulate, they must sing like the star, and must must be able to replicate the star’s moves.
Rod Steward is portrayed by John Anthony, owner of a voice even Rod Stewart mistakes as being his own, probably.
And, yes, these performers do their own singing. No lip-syncing.
There are times when you’d swear you’re at a concert by the superstars they emulate. In that way, it’s like getting five mini-concerts, all in one fast-paced show.
And, honestly, what tribute show would be complete without a Britney Spears? Unless we already said that, then nevermind.
The featured performers are backed up by one of the most talented live bands on The Strip. Remember, they have to master music from multiple artists, across multiple styles and decades.
The dancers and choreography are top-notch as well.
This ain’t your grandpa’s kick ball change.
Dancers never get enough love, so please enjoy this photo of the show’s dancers we grabbed at the anniversary party.
From left to right are Cece Correia, Anne Carter, Melani Michaud, Julie Furness, Jessica Morales and Andrea Fortuno. This blog truly has a rough job.
“Legends in Concert” has managed to remain fresh for three decades because the show changes often, and audiences can return over and over and always see something new.
More than 500 tribute artists have been featured in the Las Vegas version of “Legends in Concert.”
Kate Steele as Lady Gaga is crazy good. She always seems to be changing up her costumes and songs, and does a mean solo on the piano, with spot-on vocals and a Tony-worthy take on Gaga’s whole vibe.
It’s rumored Lady Gaga takes lessons in Gaga from Kate Steele. Unconfirmed.
Of course, no Vegas tribute show would be complete without The King, and Victor Trevino (below) is easily one of the best Elvises we’ve seen in a town teeming with them.
Taking. Care. Of. Business.
Since its recent move to the Flamingo, the show has become the city’s only big production that offers a matinee show, at 4:00 p.m., six days a week. Other shows happen at 9:30 p.m., each Sunday and Monday.
And last but not least, it’s Katie Murdock as Britney Spears. She looks so familiar, for some reason.
Congratulations to everyone at Legends in Concert for a truly remarkable, 30-year run. This crowd-pleasing show is part of what makes Vegas so, well, Vegas.