‘WOW’ brings distinct touches to the traditional Vegas production program


Denise Truscello Athletic and impressive acrobats are simply the start at “WOW” at the Rio.

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017|2 a.m.

Are you among those people who longs for the Vegas of old? I see a lot of web comments looking for the good old days of lounge acts and showgirls, however I never ever really fulfill anyone associated with this hunt. Las Vegas certainly misses out on timeless productions like “Jubilee” and “Folies Bergere,” however there does not seem adequate ticket-buying folks to support that type of program.

“WOW,” which stands for “World of Wonder” and simply opened at the Rio Display room, isn’t a new version of those shows, but it definitely has an old Vegas feel. Produced and directed by Hanoch Rosénn, who made his name in the entertainment world as a mime and has developed numerous massive productions, has explored “WOW” thoroughly through Europe and created a customized version for Las Vegas– one that includes dancing pirates, a plate-spinning chef, a “human water fountain,” and “America’s Got Talent” semifinalist and crossbow whiz Sylvia shooting an apple off her own head. That’s a great deal to fit into 90 minutes, and the program feels quick and mad.

“WOW” opens by presenting you to its amusing hero Alberto, who juggles and dances and romps with the cast and audience throughout the night. Alberto guides you into a dream world produced with extensive 3D forecasts and a modern, familiar soundtrack, a universe brimming with acrobats: they hang from rings and poles and ropes, and they do influence quite a few exclamations of the program’s title. They offer the most dramatic and tension-filled moments in “WOW,” however there’s lots of beauty and humor too. The rapid-fire shipment of a variety of different acts brings to mind an oddball hybrid of “Jubilee” and “Absinthe,” if such a surreal thing might exist in the Vegas home entertainment landscape. It does not have showgirls in the traditional sense, however it does have a sinking of the Titanic scene, similar to “Jubilee” did. There’s constantly plenty of space for the strange in this town, specifically if it’s fun.

“WOW” is carried out at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday and at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at the Rio Display room. To find out more go to caesars.com.

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