Do you fancy an evening’s entertainment in Vegas with some classic vocalists, showgirls and one of the country’s best comedians – but can’t afford the good ole US of A – then fear not because you’ll find this, and a lot more, right here in Blackpool.
The VIVA Cabaret Showbar is located just a few steps off the main promenade beside the Tower. Now in its third year of operation, it’s slicker, more professional (if that were possible) and a cracking night out.
We were there as a family group in October and the place was packed. Having now seen the show for the first time, that comes as no surprise.
Access from the street is via either stairs or an escalator, however as the venue is disabled friendly according to their own website, there must be a lift to the upper floor. Once patrons reach the first floor all areas are on the level and accessible.
There are two ticket options available for guests, a dining price (with a standard and an a la carte option) and a show price standalone ticket. Visit the venue website for up to date prices, but these range from £18.50 – £26.50 for dining and a show ticket at £7.50 To £17.50 (child to adult). Drinks are table service, or, you can text your order and a waiter will bring it directly to the table – I tried the service and can confirm it works perfectly well.
Now I’ll warn you in advance, this is a three-hour show with curtains up around 8pm. Saying the ticket price is value for money would be the understatement of the year. I know of no other shows, nor have I ever sat through what can only be described as a true Vegas style, flashy, glitzy, laugh-a-minute production which offers so much for so little of your hard-earned wonga.
The lighting rigs including lasers, strobes, smoke as well as pyrotechnics are befitting the largest West End spectacle and merely add to the overall concept of a very slickly choreographed and arranged stage production.
At the time of our visit the show had two vocalists, both of whom could belt out a mix of tracks covering several generations – a little bit of something for everyone, from the kids to granny and aunty Fanny. Then we had the three Vegas styled showgirls who kicked higher than surely was comfortable for any lady! But the piece de resistance was undoubtedly the host and compere Leye D Johns. His comedy and sketches were right on point, up-to-date, hilarious and I noticed I wasn’t the only one wiping tears away on more than one occasion. It’d be true to say that Leye is the glue of the whole operation and simply brings the whole production together into one very polished show.
As the brochure says: “Blackpool’s Biggest and Best Show Night Out.” And I wouldn’t dare disagree with that sentiment.
If you’re visiting England’s famous seaside resort then if it’s the only thing you do, get yourself along to VIVA – believe me, you won’t regret that decision.
Further information on current shows and ticket prices from: VIVA Blackpool