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Las Vegas Theaters & Shows for Performing Arts in the City

Ballerina Performing at Las Vegas Christmas Event

In Vegas, there are plenty of shows to catch, from DJs and bands to the many shows of Cirque du Soleil. But have you ever considered a different type of show? Immerse yourself in culture with performing arts in Las Vegas. Here are some of the most renowned theaters and shows to see once COVID-19 guidelines have been lifted in the city!


Las Vegas Theaters & Shows


Smith Center of the Performing Arts

The Smith Center is one of the largest Las Vegas theaters in the city and has been the “Heart of the Arts” for Southern Nevada for almost 10 years now. Even though this nonprofit is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, it’s still on the list of theaters to visit in the future.

Smith Center Las Vegas hosts performing arts shows of every variety you can imagine. From jazz, classical, and pop performers to family-friendly shows and comedy routines, there’s a show for everyone.  Are you a fan of Broadway musicals? No need to fly to New York because Smith Center Las Vegas is set to run a Broadway Las Vegas® series with Tony® Award-winners known across the world.

Take a look at a few of the performances that are in the works for 2020-2021:

  • The Cher Show
  • Tootsie
  • Disney’s Frozen
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Hamilton
  • My Fair Lady
  • A Christmas Story, The Musical
  • Ain’t Too Proud


Performers on Stage in Las Vegas Theater


UNLV Performing Arts Center

Believe it or not, the creation of the UNLV Arts Center dates all the way back to 1966. Over the years, it has grown to become a landmark destination for performing arts in Las Vegas. With a whopping five art venues – Judy Bayley Theatre, Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall, Black Box Theatre, Paul Harris Theatre, and Lee and Thomas Beam Music Center – UNLV offers year-round productions with seasoned pros as collaborators and students as the stars. Whether you love recitals, dances, or lectures, UNLV serves it all. 

While performances are currently affected by the pandemic, the Las Vegas theater is hosting occasional shows. Their most recent, “Letters Home”, is to be performed on November 6. Two students will be reading letters written by soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Vegas City Opera

Enjoy a beautiful opera experience with a contemporary twist at the Vegas City Opera. This opera group has been gifting the Las Vegas community with works of art since 2010. Some of their past performances include “The Impresario” by Mozart, “Trouble In Tahiti” by Leonard Bernstein, and “The Consul” by Menotti. 

One of their most anticipated shows, “The Daughter of the Regiment” by Gaetano Donizetti, has been postponed until March 2021, but you’ll definitely want to keep an eye out for further updates on this hilarious Parisian love story. In addition, “The Ring” is set to be streamed live for a digital performance on November 14.


Professional Symphony Orchestra in Las Vegas


Las Vegas Philharmonic

The Las Vegas Philharmonic is the only professional symphony orchestra in Southern Nevada. Founded in 1998, this Las Vegas theater mostly shows classical performances with some newer performances commissioned by contemporary composers. 

As with many of the performing arts venues across the country, the Philharmonic is not open for in-person shows at the moment. However, they are streaming live, curated events that you can view right at home. Check their events calendar for more information.

To give you a taste of what’s in store, take a look at these upcoming shows:


Las Vegas Little Theatre

Known as Las Vegas’ oldest community theater, the Las Vegas Little Theatre is going on 42 years of living up to their motto, “By the community, for the community.” This theater generally hosts sell-out productions and award-winning plays like “Master Harold…and the Boys,” “Purple Hearts,” “The Woolgatherer,” “Master Class,” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

If you’re interested in seeing the magic that makes up Las Vegas Little Theatre, note that it has postponed in-person performances until January 2021. Until then, there are plenty of virtual plays to attend! Look at their events calendar online for more details and check out the performances that are right around the corner.

Scheduled Online Performances:

  • Laughing Wild – December 5-13 
  • The Explorer’s Club – December 5-13  

Scheduled In-Person Performances:

  • Brighton Beach Memoirs – January 2021
  • Putting it Together – March 2021
  • Glengarry Glen Ross – May 2021


Female Ballet Dancer Performing in Las Vegas


Nevada Ballet Theatre

The Nevada Ballet Theatre is now celebrating its 48th season as one of the premier ballet companies in Las Vegas—and that truly is a major feat to achieve. The vision of having a ballet company based in Vegas started in 1972 when a principal dancer at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino gathered a group of ballet dancers from the Las Vegas Boulevard entertainment industry and showcased a series of dance concerts at UNLV Performing Arts Center. Over the next 25 years, a professional ballet company was born.

Today, the Nevada Ballet Theatre is the resident ballet company of Smith Center Las Vegas, hosting multiple performances throughout the year. Because of COVID-19 and the temporary closure of Smith Center Las Vegas, the ballet company does not have any shows currently running. 


While performing arts in Las Vegas may be on hold at the moment, it’s a great idea to learn more about the theaters and shows well known in the Las Vegas area. Stay up-to-date on the venues you think you’ll love most and get ready to buy your tickets when the curtains reopen! And remember, there are virtual shows available for your viewing pleasure as well. If you want to be within walking distance of some of these performing arts venues, book your room or suite at the D in Downtown Las Vegas!