Sunday June 19, 2011 / 9:00pmPenn & Teller
How was your experience?
I knew we would enjoy Penn and Teller before I even looked to see if tickets were available.....and we did. I've seen a couple of the bits they did before but even those were entertaining. The venue at the Rio is great and the Gold Star tickets were in the first couple of rows of the Mezzanine in the left section. I honestly think that was better viewing than being on the floor level - except maybe along the aisles where Penn and Teller got audience volunteers from (mostly floor level stage right). The best part was that we ordered the tickets the day before the show....picked them up at the front of the hotel well before the show and had some time to enjoy the casino. The show was preceeded by an hour of Jazz piano (excellent) and included the Penn and Teller envelope signing and box inspection (you go on stage and sign an envelope and inspect a box that is part of the show). Penn and Teller started right on 9 p.m. (show time) so those that were late got seated in a break between bits. After the show Penn and Teller were in the exit corridor from the theater posing for pictures with guests and signing autographs. That's when you realize how tall Penn is. There is parking on both sides of the Rio.....The east side is good if you have printed tickets at home as that is nearest the theater.....but the west side is closer to the check-in area where we picked up our tickets early - the box office isn't open til later. The ticket also gives you a free entry to the club that is on the 51st floor with an outdoor sky view of the strip and downtown after the show. Worth going up even if you just look around for a few minutes....the music is loud and the crowd is youth. We had dinner at the Gaylord restaurant that is Indian food in the Casino prior to the show. Reasonable for a casino and good choices are available. I'm partial to lamb and my wife is vegan. The casino also has a huge buffet but the line was lengthy.