Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment
Every time we’re in Vegas we pick at least a couple of shows. To see Terry Fator had been on our bucket list for quite some time so it was about time to make it happen. Thanks to the MyVegas Facebook game our seats where comped.
We arrived at the Terry Fator Theatre inside the Mirage at 7:00 pm and the place was already packed. Before we went into the theatre we walked over to the bar to get a couple of drinks. This took close to forever and the people waiting in line with us were just as annoyed as we were. But hey, sometimes things just don’t go the way you’d like them to go. When we got our sodas we walked into the theatre and shown to our seats by a very friendly lady. We were seated in section 103, row EE seats one and two. In other words, great seats only 5 rows away from the stage!
When we sat down we noticed there was a young man on stage behind a DJ booth. He was playing some funky tunes from back in the day. He wass there to loosen up the crowd, make them clap, laugh, sing, basically warm them up for the show. His name is Ben Harris and he turns out to be one of Terry’s side-kicks/assistants. Just before the show starts Ben treats us to the “evolution of dance”. He shows his dancing skills in a comical way including rock & roll moves, hip hop moves, Michael Jackson moves, etc. A very entertaining warm up for the show and the crowd really enjoys it. To be honest, it was hysterical!
It’s 7:45 pm and the show begins. There’s a lot of interaction with the audience and what’s nice about it is that Terry really gets how tourists experience Las Vegas. He includes things you witness and experience at the Las Vegas Strip every day. For example, street performers in various costumes and porn card slappers. He also twists current news events into funny subjects for his show. Because of this you won’t be disappointed when you visit the show multiple times. The show will be different (to a certain degree) every time you visit and that’s what’s so great about it.
Then there’s Terry’s voice and his incredible ventriloquism skills. He’s accompanied by a great band and his wife, Taylor Makakoa, acts as his assistant. Whenever she walks onto the stage you tend to forget about Terry for a few moments. Can you say: eye candy? They installed large TV screens on both sides of the stage for the people seated in the back of the theatre. It’s incredible Terry Fator sings songs in so many different voices. The fact that he added ventriloquism to the mix makes it all almost impossible to believe. He had us on the tip of our seats during the entire show.
We were treated to Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Cher, Etta James, Dean Martin and Roy Orbinson songs and the “conversations” between these songs made us laugh so laud we ended up with serious stomach aches.
Terry Fator’s cast consists of:
Walter T. Airedale – country singer, Winston the Impersonating Turtle, Emma Taylor, Maynard Thomkins – Elvis impersonator, Julius – the soul singer, Johnny Vegas – a lounge singer, Duggie Scott Walker – annoying neighbor.
Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment isn’t just about fun. There’s a more serious part of the show as well. Terry dedicated a couple of songs to war veterans and active duty military. He also performed the song “Horses in Heaven” which he wrote himself. He donates all the proceeds of this single to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital which makes us appreciate him even more. A great entertainer and a stand up guy. We could go on and on about this show but to keep it short and simple: don’t hesitate, go see Terry Fator at the Mirage Hotel & Casino!