Little Wonder Why Terry Fator Is Successful By Christopher G. Axelrod May 22, 2014 at 9:20 am Based on his many well placed billboards, cab backs, and overall positive reputation I was driven by marketing bombardment to finally watch the Terry Fator Voice of Entertainment show at the Mirage. The 7:30 show is presented four to five nights weekly in the elegantly appointed 15 million dollar Danny Gans theatre and remains an appropriate tribute to the late Danny Gans as both careers are based on vocal impersonation talents. In addition to this demanding Las Vegas show schedule, Fator also tours the nation and performs for a number of charitable benefits. Being a fan of master ventriloquist comic Jeff Dunham I was curious about Fator’s ability to create equally strong characters and appeal to an all ages audience. While each of Jeff Dunham’s edgy characters are nearly as popular as Dunham himself, Fator’s are far more subdued and Muppet like in design features and personality projection. The star puppet of the Terry Fator show is Winston, a happy and colorful turtle, who longs to go to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune. Winston claims and then proves that he alone can do the voices of any current superstar. Winston the impersonator was a major success and career launch for his winning the popular TV show America’s Got Talent in 2007 and opening his highly successful Las Vegas show in 2008. Terry Fator’s roster of eleven highly diverse characters can make only brief stage appearances during his 90 minute show. They deliver a full personality spectrum of healthy laughs for everyone in this often sold out family show. This show offers far more vocally based talents than Jeff Dunham’s show. There is a notably wider array of ticket price tiers for all budgets ranging from $66.00 to $143.00 before customary fees with a theatre seating capacity of 1,265. The advantage to Terry Fator’s talents is that he actually has a magnificent singing voice and range. His vocal talents go back to him being the lead singer of a rock band named “Freedom Jam” in his native Dallas, Texas in the late 80’s. In his younger years he combined those singing experiences to create many vocally oriented characters while driving and stuck in traffic. He has now blended all into a full live show based on comedy, original songs and ventriloquist impressions via these many characters. With an impressive and seasoned live band he sings original ballads like “Horses in Heaven” as a touching tribute about a young boy stricken with non-curable cancer. He also does a stirring patriotic song and acknowledges all veterans in his audience by asking them to stand and be recognized. The large screens and lighting are washed in flags and patriotic color. It may not be an original production concept but it is a definite crowd pleaser while demonstrating the kind and humble nature of this compassionate performer. The Terry Fator show has something for everyone and is centered around his vocal talent. There is little need for much else because he is genuine and enjoys being himself at home with his family of characters. The show has an aura of just spending time in a large living room with talented and funny friends. The show’s mass appeal and ticket success are derived from its production diversity under Terry Fator’s warm down home Texas demure. The telltale verification of audience satisfaction after a show are the many smiles and lines forming at the large merchandise and gift displays. They were all present for this successful show that has now been extended into 2016.