By Rachel Weiss | July 22, 2016 | Culture
Who says you have to trek to the east coast for good theater? Here, six smash-hit musicals to catch in Vegas this summer.
Drawing from Baz Luhrmann's dazzling films like The Great Gatsby, Romeo + Juliet, Strictly Ballroom, and Moulin Rouge, this Vegas musical features four principal singers and an accompanying band on stage that blend movie dialogue with its beloved songs for a captivating experience. 3325 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-414-9000
Oh what a night! Don’t miss this colorful production of Jersey Boys before it shutters on September 18. Come for the Frankie Valli tunes, stay for the lively choreography and riveting story. 3655 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-946-7000
Miss the Broadway production in New York? No worries. Rock of Ages is now at the Rio. Catch the hilarious, heartwarming tale paired with a score of solely rock ‘n’ roll 80’s jams. 3700 W. Flamingo Road, 866-746-7671
Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins are the main characters in this swinging musical that flashes back to 1956. Its most alluring aspect? A score jam-packed with rock ‘n’ roll, country, R&B, and gospel favorites. 3475 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 800-214-9110
Let’s start at the very beginning, which in this case is August 2. Playing at The Smith Center for two weeks this summer, The Sound of Music stage production features all the classic medleys fans of the beloved film know, directed by Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien. 361 Symphony Park Ave., 702-749-2012
Abby Mueller, whose sister Jessie won the Tony Award for the titular role in Beautiful, will now be taking on the character this September at The Smith Center. Don’t miss this inspiring true story of love and friendship, set to Carole King classics like “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” 361 Symphony Park Ave., 702-749-2012