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Katy Perry’s Las Vegas Show Is All About Glitz, Glam, & Camp

Welcome to Perry Playland!

Katy Perry was destined to perform in Las Vegas. Not only was her aunt a showgirl and her grandmother a seamstress for showgirls’ costumes, but the two worked at a casino called Stardust, which happens to be the exact location of Resorts World, where Perry now holds her very own residency.

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Her campy, five-act spectacle, called Play, debuted in 2021 and is still going strong through 2022, bringing Katy Cats from around the world to see Perry perform 14-years worth of hit songs.

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Thanks to L-Acoustics, the company behind Resorts World’s immersive L-ISA sound system, NYLON got to check out the show firsthand. Ahead, find out more about the songs, outfits, and stage sets from Perry’s Las Vegas residency, which will pick back up from May 27 to August 13.

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In Play’s first act, titledHenry the Horror,” Perry lands inside Henry’s childhood bedroom, as she perform hits like “E.T.,” “Chained to the Rhythm,” “Not The End Of The World,” and “Dark Horse.”John Shearer/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Perry’s sculptural dress plays off of the show’s kidcore-inspired setting, adorned with candy-colored stripes and paired with white go-go boots.John Shearer/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
In act two, “Flushed,” the stage transforms into a colorful bathroom with life-size toilet paper rolls and rubber duckies. Her shower-inspired look included a white mini dress and long black evening gloves with fringe, along with statement jewelry, a headscarf, and matching thigh-high boots.Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Perry took it back to her Warped Tour days, as she performed her 2008 hit single “Hot N Cold.” During “California Gurls” and “Last Friday Night,” she was upstaged by another performer: Mr. Poo.Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
After an impressive costume change in a giant clawfoot tub, Perry performed the very-fitting, early-aughts single, “Waking Up in Vegas.”Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Her new outfit featured a headband and coat embellished with light-up orbs that resemble bath bubbles.Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Perry channels cottagecore in red latex, fringe, and a mushroom-style headpiece for Play’s third act, “Eat Me.”John Shearer/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
In addition to singing “Bon Appetit,” Perry’s performance of “Daisies” featured a full stage of emoji-style flowers.Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
For “I Kissed A Girl,” Perry sings for the attention of a bikini-clad frog.John Shearer/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Act four, aptly called “Trashun,” showcased Perry’s best outfit of the night: a mini dress made up of soda can tabs, complete with a bra top made from cans that could, surprisingly, pour beer.John Shearer/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
The garbage-inspired backdrop was home to Perry’s longest stint of performances for the night, including “Lost,” “Part of Me,” “Wide Awake,” “Never Really Over” and “Swish Swish,” “When I’m Gone,” and “Walking On Air.”Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Perry goes full-on Vegas Showgirl in the final act, “Perry Playland.” Wearing a citrus-colored sparkling evening gown, she sings a slew of crowd favorites: “Teenage Dream,” “Smile,” and “Roar.”John Shearer/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
For the show’s encore, the Play stage is pared back with a large keyhole backdrop and a single spotlight on Perry as she stands on a rainbow-colored platform. She sings a cover of “The Greatest Love of All” and wraps up the night with “Firework.”John Shearer/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images