“Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment” at the Mirage is delightful entertainment. If you have seen his show before, go again. He's made numerous changes. If you've never seen his show see it, enjoy it. Wow, he makes it such fun. The title - “Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment” aptly describes the production.
Within a very few minutes, I forgot that Terry was alone on stage. You believe his characters are real. Terry is an entertainer at the top of his game. It was back in 2007 that we watched this Texan take the top prize in season two of “America's Got Talent”.
If you think of him as just a ventriloquist – wrong. Terry has an excellent singing voice of his own and he does do a few numbers in his show backed by his own musicians. You have to think twice about what this guy does. His impersonations are on target in an act that includes the voices of “Satchmo” - Louis Armstrong, Etta James, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, and Garth Brooks doing “Friends in Low Places.” But remember, as he does these voices, the only lips moving are on the puppets. Extraordinary.
Then there is the comedy. Some borders on risque, but is designed to go over the heads of the lucky kids who are brought to his kid friendly show. He keeps it current with hilarious references to Justin Bieber -“so last week”, Brittany Spears, twerking, and even ObamaCare. There's a great deal of new material in the act, but a few tried and true bits remain such as the photo and references to “The Hoff”. And you have to love his Jeff Dunham joke, “Don't put words in my mouth.”
The cast of characters include the co-star of the show Terry's signature puppet Winston, the Impersonating Turtle, who has been spifffed up a bit and of course is now available for purchase at the kiosk in front of the theater. In fact, Winston figures prominently in the plot of the show. Yes, an actual plot. You see, Winston goes off to Hollywood and Terry must seek another puppet to take his place.
That brings us to some of the other characters such as the adorable 12 year old Miss Emma Taylor, the little girl with the big voice, who we hope continues to be forever young and who belts out Emma James' voice singing “At Last” and Maynard Tompkins, an Elvis impersonator. Also bringing their talents to the stage are Walter T. Airdale, the former and future candidate for president, and Duggie Scott Walker, the annoying neighbor. Terry asks Duggie if he's ever had a drug test. The reply is, “Yes, got an A plus!” The sexy Vicki the Cougar is back as well and not surprisingly sings “It's Raining Men.”
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No matter where you are seated there will be a good view of the production on the huge screens and even more to see behind Terry in the well designed set.
The versatile Fator voices his patriotism by asking our past and present soldiers to stand as he sings his original composition, “Heroes”. He sings another of his songs “Horses in Heaven” which always produces more than a few tears in the audience. As with most strip headliners, Fator has something to sell. His new CD Terry Fator Live in Concert is now available at WalMart and he was clear that the profits will go to St. Jude's or the Wounded Warriors organization. You can see the show on Mondays - Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. For more information on Terry Fator, his show, and his merchandise, check out Terry Fator.