by Brian Lipton

Cher - Photo by MCM, Machado Cicala MorassutIn addition to the opportunity to eat, drink, be merry, win money (and, of course, see fabulous fashions at PROJECT and MAGIC), visitors to Las Vegas during late February have the chance to see some of the greatest entertainment on the planet during their free time. Here are a few suggestions for those looking for a fun night out.

The main attraction this month is the long-awaited return of the seemingly ageless Cher, who will be celebrating her more than 50-year career in show business with “Classic Cher,” a multimedia revue devoted to her greatest hits that will play the recently opened 5,200-seat Park Theater at Monte Carlo. Expect elaborate sets, dazzling costumes, and a slew of chart-topping tunes that will have you singing along – or at least smiling broadly. (February 18-19, 22, 24-25).

What happens when you put together one of the queens of country music with one of its most popular male duos? Come find out at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace when two-time Grammy Award winner Reba McEntire teams up for a special evening with fellow Grammy winners, singer-songwriters Brooks & Dunn. As great as these artists are separately, we bet they’re even stronger together. (February 22-25).

lg_jennifer-lopez-jan-largeFrom her early appearances on TV’s “In Living Color” as an original “Fly Girl” to her ever-growing film and television career, Jennifer Lopez has continued to surprise us with the depth of her talent and her boundless energy. So it’s hardly surprising that her popular act at Planet Hollywood, the aptly titled “All I Have,” continues to bring in the crowds. This specially-created evening will have you dancing in the aisles and shaking in your seats. (February 18, 21, 24, 25).

Lastly, if you’ve lost some money at the tables, you can at least make your blues disappear by witnessing the rare combination of comedy and magic practiced by that dynamic duo, Penn & Teller. These veteran entertainers, who have been delighting audiences nightly at the Rio, know how to both amaze and amuse in equal measure. (February 18-23).