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Doin' the Vegas Thang

Today we spent the morning floating on the "Lazy River" (one of the pools at Mandalay is set up so you can "tube" on it - it's fun!), then went to brunch at the Irish Pub (Ri Ra) in the mall section (very good food!), and then mostly hung around gambling until it was time to head up strip for the shows we'd scheduled.

We both wanted to see The Million Dollar Quartet and Frank Marino's Divas, and fortune had it that one ended about an hour before the other began, so we got tickets for both (and at Harrah's & The Quad, that's cheaper than just going to one Cirque show). Million Dollar Quartet is amazing -- I can see why it won so many Tonys. The story is pretty basic (and well known, if you know the early story of rockabilly at all), but the music is excellent, and the cast appear to all be the originals -- we didn't get any of the understudies. The guy who plays Elvis has the moves, but he overdoes "the lip"; Cash was okay, but there was just something off about his voice; Perkins and Jerry Lee were AMAZING. Absolutely freakin' AMAZING. And then I picked up my program and had a real SQUEE moment, as I saw the music arrangements had all been done by a guy I've actually met, Chuck Mead of BR-549. I was all, "I know him!" It was cool.

The fellow who played doghouse bass, as "Jay Perkins" (Carl Perkins' brother), looked so much like Doctor Ten I thought David Tennant was doing a turn in stage productions in Vegas. (Actually his name is Mikey Hachey and he really doesn't look THAT much like him, but the hair and the sideburns and the shape of his nose -- it was eerie!)

"Divas" was a lot of fun, a female impersonators show; the guy who played Britney Spears/Lady Gaga was absolutely freaking fantastic, as was the fellow who did Mariah Carey/Liza Minnelli. Some of them lip-synced to the original recordings while others sang their own stuff -- they were all good either way. The guy who did Beyonce didn't sing, but he "played" her well (especially considering he was HUGE -- they did it for laughs).

Dinner was a slice of New York pizza at a joint in MGM, which was really good, and now I'm snacking on nuts and a Mike's Hard Lime before bed.

The view from the room:

The lazy river:

The first thing you see when you enter Mandalay Bay from the parking garage:

(The headless statue is Lenin -- the restaurant he's standing outside of is "Red Square.")



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Jun. 17th, 2013 10:29 am (UTC)
Yay for your fun day! :)
Jun. 17th, 2013 11:38 am (UTC)
It's interesting comparing your experiences to cornerofmadness's! Thanks for sharing your pictures and story.
Jun. 17th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
this is definitely where my brother needs to go stay

sounds like you had a great time.

'Beyonce' had me laughing
Jun. 18th, 2013 01:51 am (UTC)
S/he was a hoot. Good as Tina Turner, too.

So far I like Mandalay Bay. Pretty good for gambling, too -- maybe because it's so far down the Strip, once you get here you spend here. The slots have been VERY nice to me (not huge, but good!).
Jun. 18th, 2013 03:13 am (UTC)
She was

And so was Lady Gaga and Cher

That is the problem/or good thing about that section of the strip, it seems so far away from the others.

yay to good slots
Jun. 18th, 2013 06:44 am (UTC)
We've had a good night tonight - we're both drunk as skunks but played those slots until there wasn't any money left -- I played the same $20 for HOURS!

I think it's a good slot place!
Jun. 18th, 2013 02:58 pm (UTC)
you have to love when that happens

I'll have to remember that
Jun. 17th, 2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
Red Square is still there? I had drinks there in '99. I would have thought that it would be gone by now. Very cool place, fiberglass Lenin still standing and all.
Jun. 18th, 2013 06:42 am (UTC)
It's kinda cool it's been around that long -- sometimes things change in Vegas so fast you can't barely comprehend them from one moment to the next!

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