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Event Planning: Las Vegas Shows

Take a break from the show floor to take in one of Las Vegas’ top-grossing performances.

1. Cher
To the apparent delight of her fans, Cher came out of retirement to perform her greatest hits — and choreography by Doriana Sanchez — in Vegas.
Details: The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. 7:30 p.m., select dates in February, March and April. Tickets cost $95-$250, plus tax and fees. 866-510-CHER

2. Bette Midler
Grammy, Emmy and Tony award winner Bette Midler brings comedy and her entire song catalog to her Vegas-themed show.
Details: The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. 7:30 p.m., select dates in March and April. Tickets cost $95-$250, plus tax and fees. 877-723-8836

3. Cirque du Soleil: O
Cirque du Soleil’s “O” takes the show to the water with a performance inspired by “the concept of infinity and the elegance of water’s pure form.” The cast includes acrobats, synchronized swimmers and divers.
Details: Bellagio, Las Vegas. 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets cost $93.50-$150. 800-963-9634

4. Elton John: The Red Piano
Elton John, along with photographer David LaChapelle, has created a career overview performance that includes video imagery, stage props and, of course, his most popular songs.
Details: The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. 7:30 p.m., select dates in February and April. Tickets cost $100-$250, plus tax and fees. 888-435-8665

5. Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles — Love
Cirque du Soleil’s “Love” brings together The Beatles’ music and story with dance and acrobatics. A cast of 60 performs to music created specifically for the show.
Details: The Mirage, Las Vegas. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Thursday through Monday. Tickets cost $93.50-$150. 800-963-9634

6. Cirque du Soleil: Criss Angel — Believe
Mystifier Criss Angel teams with Cirque du Soleil to present a show of illusions, fantastical creatures and tricks — all within a visual story.
Details: The Luxor, Las Vegas. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Tickets cost $59-$160. 800-557-7428

7. Donny & Marie Osmond
Donny and Marie, backed by a cast of dancers and surrounded by multiple video screens, get nostalgic on a custom-designed stage, performing duets such as “Paper Roses” and “Puppy Love.”
Details: The Flamingo Showroom, Las Vegas. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Tickets cost $85-$250, plus taxes and fees. 702-733-3333

8. Le Rêve
Le Rêve, meaning “the dream” in French, is a Cirque du Soleil-like water show — complete with aerial acrobatics and athletic choreography — presented by a cast of 85 in the round.
Details: Wynn Las Vegas. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Tickets cost $99-$179, plus tax. 888-320-7110

9. Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow, who previously sold out the Las Vegas Hilton for three years, is back with “Ultimate Manilow: The Hits,” in which he performs all the crowd favorites.
Details: Las Vegas Hilton. 8 p.m. Feb. 18-20, 26-28 and continuing through December. Tickets cost $95-$225, plus tax and fees. 800-222-5361

10. Amazing Johnathan
Street-performer-turned-comic-magician the Amazing Johnathan mixes bizarre humor with spontaneous acts in this 18-and-older show.
Details: The Harmon Theater at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Hotel Casino. 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Tickets cost $65.95-$98.95. 702-836-0836

For week ending 1/18/09. Courtesy of TicketNews. Rankings based on ticket sales from the TicketNetwork Exchange, the world’s largest secondary market exchange.

Also Playing During WSA: Billy Joel (MGM Grand Hotel) … Blue Man Group (Venetian Hotel) … Carrot Top: Curls Gone Wild (Atrium Showroom at Luxor Hotel and Casino Las Vegas) … Folies Bergère (Tropicana Hotel and Casino) … Jersey Boys (The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino) … Louis Anderson: Larger Than Life (Excalibur Hotel and Casino) … Menopause The Musical (Las Vegas Hilton) … Penn & Teller (Rio Hotel & Casino) … Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular (Venetian Hotel) … The Price Is Right Las Vegas (Ballys) … Wayne Brady: Making It Up (Venetian Hotel

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