WOW returns to the Rio-Water Spectacular Update



I just saw the show again last week, for the third time, and wanted to give an update. Highly recommended, especially for families.

The internationally acclaimed production, “WOW – The Vegas Spectacular,” returned to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas this week. The show is featuring many of its past performers and a whole cast of new ones.

“WOW” had received numerous awards including the prestigious “Best of Las Vegas” awards as Best Value Show (Gold), Best Family Friendly Show (Silver), Best New Act/Show (Bronze) and Best Production Show (Bronze).  Many of the acts familiar to audiences will return including comedian Alex Traisci, along with brand new acts including NAVAS and their “Wheel of Death” (Gold Medalists at the Monte Carlo Festival), the breathtaking Adagio act “Duo Ice,” the gravity-defying hand-to-hand act “Acrodream,” “Rialcris” the trio of muscle men recently featured on America’s Got Talent, the aerial duo “Luna Girls,” a mind-blowing Icarian act, and the juggling talents of Paul Ponce.

“WOW” has had over 1,200 performances since its debut at Rio Las Vegas on Oct. 7, 2017. Seen by more than 2.5 million people, it features a cast of more than 30 international performing artists, acrobats and dancers in their 180-degree theatrical setting. 3D multi-media projections, water walls and holograms add to the dazzling choreography, and thrilling theatrical lighting. There is also a custom-built stage and pool that gives audiences a close-up experience.

“We are so excited that we are finally able to reopen ‘WOW’ at the Rio and once again entertain the Las Vegas audiences that have embraced our show and our cast over the last three years,” said creator and director, Hanoch Rosènn. “After the last 16 months our cast is thrilled and ready to return to the stage with many of the audience’s favorite acts, as well as a few new ones that will for sure ‘wow’ our audiences.”

Rosènn is known worldwide for his large-scale productions, including “Festigal” where he directed Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot in her stage-acting debut in 2008.

“WOW blends elements of an old-school Vegas variety show with modern staging and a soundtrack of familiar, beloved music for an immersive and intimate experience.”

– Ken Miller, Las Vegas Magazine

“It’s a fast-moving collection of extraordinary circus acts

for the entire family.”

– Robin Leach, Las Vegas Review Journal

“‘WOW’ brings unique touches to the classic Vegas production show…Athletic and astounding acrobats are just the beginning at ‘WOW’ at the Rio…The rapid-fire delivery of a variety of different acts brings to mind an oddball hybrid of ‘Jubilee’ and ‘Absinthe’.”

– Brock Radke, Las Vegas Sun

““WOW” is one of Las Vegas’ newest must-see shows the whole family can enjoy together.”

– Sunseeker Magazine

“Visually stunning!” 

– Vegas Insider

Some WOW “Fun Facts”:

• There are 30 performers on stage.

• The cast comes from more than 10 different countries.

• There are over 400 lighting pieces in the show.

• The LED wall is constructed of 24 Million LED lamps, it is 3,300 square feet (316 sqm), there are 3,842 feet of fiber optic cable (3,000 meter) and a total weight is 15,432 lb (7,000kg).

• There are 240 costumes worn by the cast throughout the show.

• Over 10,000 shells were hand-sewn into the costumes.

• Over 100,000 beads are integrated into the costumes.

• There are 8 costume changes for every cast member.

Follow “WOW” on social media: 

Twitter @WOWshowVegas

Instagram @WOWshowVegas


Official Website:

From September 2021 on, “WOW” will perform nightly at 7:00 pm with additional shows at 9:30 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday (Dark Friday). Tickets range from $52.99 to $126.93 + taxes and fees and can be purchased at Ticketmaster, or by calling 702-777-7776.