I don't exactly consider myself a Cirqoholic or anything but seeing over half the options on the Strip and a couple away from Las Vegas i can call myself a big fan. In my opinion you can not go wrong, entertainment or value wise , with a Cirque du Soleil show. With eight options to choose from here's a run down of the good, bad and yes there is an ugly out there.
O is Bellagio’s baby, they’ve ran O for over 17 years now. We start with the theatre, much like an Opera theatre, it is amazing in itself and a perfect setting for such a beautiful show.
With a 1.5 million gallon water tank/pool as a part of the show you can bet it's going to be a good production. O has approximately 85 performers from all
walks of life, some ex pro athletes even olympians are among the roster. There's nothing like O, its like a Circus in a pool, a very big pool. Great dance and aerial performances.
One of the most popular shows Cirque has to offer in Las Vegas, and by far our favorite of the ones we’ve seen. The theme of the show, as you might imagine, is WATER. Weather you believe it's the purification of life or the bond water shares with all the world's people. The main focus of this show is the water. Did I mention there will be water? The stage is used as an island, platform, ship or what have you throughout the performances, without you realizing the changes until they’ve happened. I have many times found myself staring at the stage as if it was a movie screen and the very best CGI was taken place in front of me. Unbelievable action in this Cirque show.
It runs for about 2 hours Wed-Sunday 7 and 9:30p only at the O theatre in the Bellagio.
Zarkana, found at the Aria is very family friendly with great views from every seat.
This show has only been open since 2012 but remains one of the less expensive shows if you take your time to look for discounts etc.
Zarkana is on a different path from some of the other Cirque performances.
For one there really isn’t a theme per say. There are a lot of acts and breaks with changes of scenery and backgrounds. Including human pyramids, ladder duo and “Wheel of Death”.
The performers are out of this world as are most Cirque performers. Excellent acrobats and juggling. Great high wire walking and very funny clown acts.
Pre show activities will be happening throughout the crowd as well as audience participation during the show, so be prepared if you tend to be “shy”.
Zarkana performs twice nightly at 7 or 9:30p Tuesday - Saturday, with no performances on Sunday and Monday.
A show I have yet to see but intend to the very next chance I get is Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay. We’ve been told the music is amazing and dancing is second to no other show in Las Vegas. This show is all about that music and dance. Contained mainly on a flat stage with all dancers and performers staying upright during this production. A story of good versus evil and a bit comparable to “The Whiz”, a Jackson version of “Wizard of Oz”. Four Characters receive a special gift from Michael which helps them overcome their weaknesses throughout the journey. Shows are Mon,Tues and Friday-Sunday twice a day at 7p and 9:30p and runs about an hour and a half.
One, is the second MJ inspired production on Cirque’s list. They had “The Immortal World Tour” traveling the globe until 2014. Most people closely compare Michael Jackson One with The Beatles Love. That makes for an easy segue,
The Beatles Love takes place in a specially constructed theatre at The Mirage. This show has been a permanent fixture since 2006. LOVE performs twice nightly at 7p and 9:30p Thur - Mon. There are no performances on Tue or Wed.
The origin for the show started as a collaboration between George Harrison and Cirque founder Guy Laliberte’. Harrison then died but the remaining Beatles “Family” worked together for three years to get the show started. The decision to use Sir George Martin, whom many call, “the 5th Beatle”, as the musical director probly didnt hurt.
The show provides a history lesson (mainly) through the sixties, with a lot of “Beatles in the news” style commentary. It's like a big music video montage interpreting The Fab Four’s lyrics through amazing acrobatics and dancing numbers.
There is a second half to the show which transforms the stage into more of a trippy psychedelic interpretation of lyrics with characters such as The Walrus, Eggman, Sgt Pepper, Krishna, Lucy, and many more. If you're a Beatles fan of any degree i know you will enjoy this one.
I have always had luck finding great tickets through the discount tickets brokers or deals through MLife directly.
One disappointing and hopefully not foreshadowing event was the closing of Revolution Lounge. This was a gathering place, pre performance as well as after show spot, to mingle and maybe run into a cast member.
If you have yet to see Mystere at Treasure Island, there's probably no rush. It’s been there for 22 years. Mystere opened Christmas night 1993 and holds the title of longest running Cirque show in Las Vegas. As most Cirque Theatres, Mystere’s was built specifically for the show. It seats 1500 plus, measures 120 feet by 70 feet deep and covers over 10,000 square feet. The stage floor is rubber, made from recycled tires and old tennis shoes. The stage rotates up to 10 revolutions per minute. Trap doors lift performers and their props to stage level from the basement.
Before the show even starts incoming audiences are entertained by clowns dressed as ushers in a circus atmosphere. The performances are mainly original Cirque style performances. Many circus acts, trapeze, tight rope walking, tons of musical numbers, opera and of course comedy. Most Cirque nuts believe there's a metaphor or hidden meaning to all acts of a Cirque performance. If there one in Mystere it's unimportant to me because the show is just as entertaining not knowing. It's like a humongous, bright and loud, opera/circus act with a giant snail named Alice. You’ll agree after seeing this one.
They perform Mystere Sat-Wed, twice per night at 7p and 9:30p. Tickets are very reasonable and easy to get discounted as well. There is no age restriction on this show.
On to Ka’, one more of my favorites. This show has an age restriction of 5 years or older. Show times are 7p and 9:30p Sat-Wed in The Ka’ Theatre inside MGM Grand. Ka’ is a Cirque show with a definite theme to it. The illustrated story of a brother and sister growing up with the connection, known to them as, Ka. The siblings are twins and the connection (Ka’) is, for lack of a better term, YING and YANG. The brother and sister are separated in the beginning of the story during a massive battle and takeover of their parent’s Palace. Coming of age becomes a fast past, action packed hour and a half of acrobats, martial arts, interpretive dance routines and more puppetry than any other Cirque show I’ve seen. Gravity seems to be a non issue on the Ka’ stage, or i should say stages, 5 floating as well as 2 rotating ground level stages provide the illusion of jumping through air. There is so much action in Ka’ it's hard to explain but don't take your eyes off any of the stages. There will be a “Wheel of Death” act as well as a Glider fight over your head. There are water and forest scenes and even blizzards in the mountains. Ka’ is a great “first” for the beginner or next on the “do not skip” list of Cirque du Soleil shows.
Cirque’s first adult themed show for ages 18 plus is Zumanity at New York New York.
Guy Laliberte’ founder of Cirque, wanted to introduce something new to Vegas and thought this would be the best way to not steal audiences from the exciting shows.
Generally you won't see adult only Cirque performances but this is one that has topless acts and some performers appear to be completely nude in their costumes. A couple underwater scenes are considered very racy and the show has been described as “burlesque meets cabaret”, or “a journey through lust, passion and sensuality”. All acts focus on erotica in one way or another. There’s no real storyline but plenty of acrobatics, gymnastics, dancing and aerial performances to focus on if the outfits, or lack of, aren't your thing. There are a couple disturbing acts in Zumanity depicting leather outfits and self inflicting torture devices, but most acts don't seem to offend the audience. We have yet to see this show so we have no opinion either way. The show plays twice nightly at 7p and 9:30p Tuesday-Saturday.
Last and YES certainly least, what I feel is the luckiest show to be on the Las Vegas strip, Chriss Angel: Believe. After many changes and revamping of his “illusion” show he came up with this. I don't see where it's a Cirque show but Luxor and Cirque are really behind him on it, and it’s a major part of Luxor and MGM’s hotel promotions. Cirque du Soleil and the Luxor's parent company, MGM Grand resorts financed the show with $100 million. The partnership marked the first time Cirque built a show around an individual performer, in my opinion a mistake. Its an illusion show with a mild connection to each illusion which is the only distant similarity to other Cirque shows. Chriss Angel is credited as being "co-writer, illusions creator and designer, original concept creator and star" of the show. I think he should do more creating and less marketing for now as most of the people we have talked to consider this a very bad show.
But it is under the guise of a Cirque du Soleil performance and so we listed it. With the bad press and horrible reviews he gets this one should be disappearing shortly.
Showtimes as of today are Wed-Sat 7p and 9:30p and 7p on Sunday in the Luxor Theatre.
Don't expect to find 2 for 1 tickets for all shows very easily or even deeply discounted tickets everywhere but Tickets brokers have some very good deals on Cirque performances. If you look and plan far enough ahead there’s no reason to pay full price for great shows in Vegas, and Cirque du Soleil should be on everyone’s must see list.