Let’s cut to the chase; there are very few shows in Macau. Unlike Las Vegas where shows and buffets are part of the attraction, Macau is all about the gambling. Most punters in Macau are usually here to gamble, gamble and gamble some more.
But things are getting better, and there have never been more shows to choose from. The flagship House of Dancing Water at the City of Dreams casino and resort has been joined by the very-Vegas inspired House of Magic at Studio City. And beyond the fixed place shows - Macau has become a regional powerhouse in attracting the biggest bands and sport shows to the city. From musicals straight out of the London West End to the latest UFC action, there are plenty of big-name events held each week.
Wild Water at the House of Dancing Water Show
This is the big one. Blockbuster special effects and an epic cast make this only Macau show that wouldn’t be out of place in Vegas. The show is part Singing in the Rain musical and part Chinese folktale told action film style. It all takes place amidst a stage that bursts with jets of water and waterfalls with rain. Completely unique and completely brilliant. Tickets are not cheap and if you fancy seeing the show then it's worth booking in advance.
Crazy Paris Show and the Cabaret
Next up on stage is the Crazy Paris show at the Grand Lisboa. This is one for the adults. The Crazy Paris show has been on the stage of the last 28 years and features a range of B-rate singers and dancers throwing themselves into cabaret classics - think Moulin Rouge inspired Can-Can dance. It’s not innovative but it is a classic casino show. Best of all? It's completely free. This floor shows take place every day behind the bar on the 1st floor of the casino.
Abracadabra at the House of Magic
Atlantic City transplant Franz Harary brings a little of the magic circle to Macau. He's a man who knows his illusions having previously made the Taj Mahal and the space shuttle disappear. In Macau, he has crafted a combination of three shows where you'll see traditional wizardry and vaudeville theatre before culminating in the grand illusions that made his name - all set across three different theatres. There are at least a couple of shows every day of the week so you don't need to book ahead.
All the Headliners at the Venetian
It can't match the House of Dancing Water in its regular slots, but the biggest names in town still play at the Venetian. The likes of Britney and the biggest names in K-Pop have enjoyed residences here, while musicals like Thriller and Phantom of the Opera (including the original cast from London) also make this their Asia stop, Still not convinced? How about headline UFC shows or the most talented tennis players on the ATP tour.
They Have Fountains
Not a show but well worth a look is the signature performance at the Wynn Macau. Inspired by Las Vegas, their huge Pleasure Lake features more than 200 fountains erupting in union accompanied by jets of fire and flashing lights. The string of fountains spurting in the air is a classic movie moment.
If you’re looking for a diversion from the gambling tables and the shows above are not enough, think about seeing some of Macau’s excellent Portuguese heritage.