According to the website the show is the “Best New Family Show” in Vegas, and shortly after my husband and I got in line to be seated I could see why. At least one-third of the audience was under 10 years old. But seriously, it’s great to finally see a kid-friendly Vegas show, because when I was growing up here all we had is the once-in-a-year family edition of Jubilee where the dancing ladies put their tops on for a change.
The cast of the Popovich show includes 4 humans, 10 dogs, 15 cats and a few rats and birds. It’s a mixture of animal skits with voice-over to create the semblance of animal dialogue and variety show acts (e.g. juggling, balancing acts and crazy jump-roping feats).
It was really neat to learn that Popovich rescues the animals from local shelters, such as Lied Animal Shelter, and $1 from each show ticket sold is donated to a local shelter.
If you’re going to the show sans kids, the show is perhaps best enjoyed after a few drinks. Fortunately, there are 2 happy hours within 50 feet of the theater entrance — Blondie’s and La Salsa. Be forewarned, however, that happy hours in Las Vegas casinos means you can get a drink for only double the price of a typical off-the-Strip bar, rather than the standard quadruple price. We paid $6 each for a 12-ounce Blue Moon.
The show takes place daily at 4 pm (except Wednesdays) at the V Theater inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Regular ticket prices are $34.95 for adults and $14.99 for children.
When I got home, I tried to teach my cat Samson some of the tricks from the show, such as walking on a tightrope, but he was having none of it.
And when I told him I was going to buy a copy of Gregory Popovich’s book You CAN Train Your Cat: Secrets of a Master Cat Trainer, he bit me.