Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cirque du Soleil in Vegas

Cirque du Soleil has seven resident productions in Las Vegas. Is it too much? Well, it depends how often do you go to Vegas. As a frequent traveler to the Sin City, I've seen each show a few times and I always wonder why Cique du Soleil doesn't have more shows in Vegas.

If you have to choose one or two, which ones should you see first?

Well, my personal favorite is Mystere.

Mystère is a vibrant 90-minute circus-style production that combines whimsical grace and beauty with powerful and precise athleticism. Mystère is as colorful as it is amazing. With a cast of 75 artists, a live orchestra playing Taiko drums, and a hint of humor. It's Cirque du Soleil as its best.

Mystère found its home at Treasure Island in 1993 and has been a permanent fixture in the hotel ever since.
The final act, known as "Hand-to-hand" featuring the Portuguese brothers Alexis is amazing, but the show is a 
delight to all the senses.


My other favorite Cirque du Soleil in Vegas is Zumanity, at New York, New York hotel.

Zumanity will open your eyes to a sensual side of human culture that is normally suppressed and unexplored. Make no mistake, the show is about sex! However, Zumanity can be described as nothing less than a piece of art and the subject matter is discussed tastefully. Well, all I can say is leave the kids at the hotel and let loose, play, laugh, flirt, tease, and taunt your way into this climactic event.



And then, there's "O". They say: "O" is an aquatic tapestry composed of theatrical elements and surrealism. 
I say: "O" it's like a never ending nightmare, pretty for the first 15 minutes, but you have to endure 75 more minutes of the same. You can get wet at the Bellagio.




And Ka, at MGM, is an interesting mess. They try to tell a story but you get lost among all the acts, some good, others boring, but overall, a disappointing experience.


Cirque du Soleil's founders, Guy Laliberte and the late guitarist, singer, songwriter, and Beatles star George Harrison, had a personal friendship for many years of their lives. This admiration for each others' work was always evident and Guy has lovingly decided to continue Harrison’s legacy by developing LOVE.
"Love" at The Mirage is a good display of the Beatles songs with acrobatics. If you like the Beatles. you will love "Love".


And there is Criss Angel Believe at the Luxor.
Prepare to expect the unexpected... a Cirque du Soleil flop!
Critics say: "Sadly, no magic or miracle saved the muddy mix of Cirque and Criss Angel from turning into quicksand." And they are right. Don't waste your time.


And the newest show Viva Elvis at the new Aria hotel, is defined as a celebration of the life of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll. The show opened in February 2010 to mixed reviews. I haven't seen this one... yet.



 So, that's all the items on the menu for Cirque du Soleil in Vegas. Make your choice and have fun.

And remember, never pay full price for a ticket. Go to http://www.broadwaybox.com/lasvegas/ or  http://entertainment.travelzoo.com/las-vegas-entertainment/ and check the discounts available during your stay at the Sin City.

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