Note: Now playing at the Flamingo Las Vegas
"Legends in Concert" plays inside the Legends showroom at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino.
It is an opportunity to watch the recreation of the live performances of some of the musical
greats of our time. The newly reformatted production brings out Stephen Sorrentino as the host
of the show---delighting us between
performances of impersonators of Rod Stewart, Janet Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, and of course,
Elvis. Sorrentino is
also a pleasure to watch with his impersonation of Elton John.
Each of the performers does their best to give us the look, the sound, and the style of each of
They are supported by the "Legend's Band," and the "Legend's Dancers." Each of these support
excellent. The musicians and the dancers are the hardest working members of this company, and
they truly do an
outstanding job. They are the true stars of the production. These two groups worked throughout
bending and transforming themselves into whatever style and genre was needed. I couldn't find a
weak link in
either the musicians or the dancers. Part of me just wanted to forget the impersonators, and
just go for an
evening of music and dancing. These two groups were fully capable of carrying an entire evening
The impersonators did a fine job. They did, in fact, recreate the performance of their
respective star. As the
impersonator performed, video footage of the real performer played simultaneously. At times,
there was the
question as to which I preferred watching...the screen or the performer.
I guess I have a problem watching a performance being simply 'recreated.' I want more from my
want to see the aspects of a performance that I've never seen. I want to see something new and
unique with my
classic musical artists. I can pull up old video footage any time that I like...seeing it live
was nice for a
moment...and then the moment passed.
The one person that did stand out and did give me a delightful uniqueness was the Marilyn
She was wonderful. She brought this character to life and made her vibrant.
The other great part of the show was watching Stephen Sorrentino perform (not so much as Elton
John, but) as
himself. He is very talented and does a full range of impersonations. His quick witted manner
and energy really
carried the performance forward.
The Legends Theatre inside the Imperial Palace is a fairly well appointed medium sized theatre.
It is set up in
the classic Vegas showroom style. The audience does get a bit crammed in with the seating.
There is good
lighting and sound, and several monitors that show both taped shots of the real performers as
well as live shots
of the impersonators. I thought that this was a really nice touch and kept the audience
entertained with both
the real and the fantasy.
The production of "Legends in Concert," works. We never forget that these are impersonators,
and they put on a
fairly lively show for us. The dancers and the musicians are great.