Kabuki Show Review – A New Must See in Las Vegas


It’s not very often that a special performance in Las Vegas has a Wow! factor. But, the Kabuki show at Lake Bellagio hit the mark.The Kabuki show took weeks of preparation, and the final product was unlike anything ever seen before in Las Vegas.


Ichikawa Somegoro and Nakamura Yonekichi Photo by Burt Davis


Panasonic presented the Kabuki Spectacle at the Fountains of Bellagio: Renowned Japanese actor Ichikawa Somegoro performed a never-before-seen, high-tech rendition of Kabuki masterpiece Koi-Tsukami produced by Shochiku on Fountains of Bellagio in five performances August 14-16.


The Carp comes alive * Photo by Burt Davis


Tourists lined up four to five layers deep on the sidewalks in front of the Bellagio Hotel and casino to see the 9:15 show on August 15, 2015. Some waited over four hours to be present for the Japanese-themed show which was produced in conjunction with MGM resorts and Panasonic.


Usually when a show begins the lights come up. But not at the Bellagio. The lights dimmed and the fountains came alive with color and projected images that continued throughout the show. There is a plot line to the performance, but the visual effects shown on the fountains and performed on stage are the real stars.  At one point the star performer Ichikawa Somegoro actually appeared to walk on water and then pulled up a giant carp.  



The Battle * Photo by Burt Davis


A full fledged Kabuki festival is scheduled for the MGM Grand in May, 2016. But don’t wait until then.  You have a chance to see the final performances of the show tonight (Sunday)  at 9:15 and 11:30 PM.  It is definitely worth the excursion to the Bellagio.



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