Westgate Las Vegas Show Celebrates Many Shades of 'Twisted' Sin City Life
PHOTO: Twisted Vegas (Courtesy Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino)
Quick, when you think of Las Vegas what do you think of?
Well, the hotels, naturally (and the accompanying ‘resort fees’).
Drive-by wedding chapels.
The Bellagio Fountains.
The many Cirque du Soleil shows about town.
And more, of course, all of which gets skewered in the newest show to hit Sin City, “Twisted Vegas,” which began its run Feb. 22 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.
The parody/spoof takes an unflinchingly funny look at Las Vegas headlined by French television star Alex Goude, who hosts “France’s Got Talent” and several other shows.
Goude is the inspiration for the show and the ringmaster, of sorts, for the 80-minute extravaganza that features 25 different acts/skits.
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“My experience as a director is when you see variety, something that goes over four minutes, you get crazy bored even if it’s impressive,” Goude told the Las Vegas Sun. “So here every act is going to be two-and-a-half minutes to 3 minutes, that’s it, except for the Celine act. That’s the longest one of the whole show because it’s singing.”
Goude is a Vegas transplant, having fallen in love with the city over a period of years when an aunt and uncle lived in town, and himself having moved there three years ago with his partner.
“I went to see all the shows, of course. I’d already seen them all, but now I was trying to see what was missing in the market. Every time I do a show, my goal is to try and see what is missing. So right now what is missing is funny, family friendly funny, not the adult humor like “Absinthe” or “Zumanity” that’s for 45-year-old people,” he told the paper. “I wanted something you could bring your kids to, so very funny for everybody. But also very spectacular because that’s Las Vegas, so it will be outrageously spectacular and with a story because here I think you are missing story characters. In the Cirque du Soleil shows, you don’t get attached to the people you see.”
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The show is very interactive, with Goude wading into the audience several times and, at one point, recruiting a half-dozen participants from the crowd to recreate the famous Bellagio Fountains.
There are even two miniature planes flying overhead inside the theater at Westgate as Goude lampoons the side trips to the Grand Canyon.
It’s a different kind of Vegas show for the man whom many have called the Ryan Seacrest of France.
“I just want people here to know that I’m Alex Goude. Maybe they will never know because I will fail miserably, maybe they will like what I do, so we’ll see,” he said “The thing is to do always funny but very spectacular. I have $2 million on the line and a three-year contract for this theater if we’re successful.”
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