When you consider that Cirque du Soleil was founded by two past street performers, it only makes perfect sense. Part mimes, part gymnasts, part magicians, and 100% entertainers, the Cirque du Soleil performers, and the spectacles that they put on around the world, are visually stunning. Go to see a Cirque du Soleil show and it is something that you will not soon forget, if ever. Cirque du Soleil, meaning "Circus of the Sun" in French, was hatched from the minds of Montreal, Quebec performers, Guy Laliberté and Daniel Gauthier, and since its conception in the 1980's, it has seen growing success, either visiting or setting up shop in some of the biggest cities and vacation destinations around the world. As Las Vegas is often hailed as "The Entertainment Capital of the World," it only seems fitting that Cirque du Soleil would have a presence in Sin City. At any given time on the Las Vegas Strip, you can see anywhere from four to seven of the fabulous productions.
Mystère at Treasure Island
The Cirque du Soleil shows are among the best rated Vegas shows, and they are presented in some of the most exclusive Las Vegas Casinos. If it's "classic Cirque du Soleil" you're after, then Mystère at Treasure Island is one of the first shows you should consider. Mystère was the first installment of Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas shows, debuting in 1993. In this show, its all about the soaring acrobatics and the dazzling imaginative effects for which Cirque du Soleil is known. The basic idea of the show is that life is inherently mysterious, and characters include a misguided clown and a list of weird and curious creatures. Over 70 performers make up the cast for Mystère, and it has received the honor of "Best Production Show in Las Vegas" eight times. Often considered as one of the pioneering influences in the development of Las Vegas entertainment as we know it now, Mystère will impress guests of all ages.
"O" at Bellagio
Another of the Cirque du Soleil shows to be awarded the title of "Best Production Show in Las Vegas," is "O," which has garnered the distinction two years in a row. "O" is performed at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and its unique employment of water makes it like no other show you'll find anywhere else. A tribute to the theater and theatrical magic, "O" honors the beauty of the theater, be it a simple street performance, or an extravagant opera. Performing both in and out of the water is a cast of 81 performers, including swimmers, divers, and acrobats. The fire act and Mongolian contortionists should be enough to peak your interest. If you want Cirque du Soleil tickets for these two popular shows, they can be ordered online and reservations can be made some months in advance.
Zumanity at New York New York
While Mystère, "O," and most of the Cirque du Soleil shows are intended for all ages, there is one that is reserved exclusively for adults. That show is "Zumanity", which plays at the New York, New York Casino. Love, even sensuality, is the main idea around this show, which is ideal for lovers, or anyone who reveres the power of love in general. A certain bit of naughtiness permeates throughout Zumanity, which features 50 of the flirtiest performers you'll find in town. As much of a burlesque show as it is a cabaret number, the erotic movements and acrobatics of Zumanity will surely have you hot under the collar and willing to shuck a few of your inhibitions soon after. If nothing else, the show is guaranteed to be a most memorable one.
KÁ at the MGM Grand
If Zumanity is a bit too sexy for your taste, or if you are with the kids, then you You can catch KÁ at the MGM Grand. KÁ is ideal for all ages, and may be the perfect fit for younger audience members. It tells the story of twins who were separated, but share a like destiny. The idea for the story has its roots in an Egyptian belief which deems that every human being has a "ka," or a duplicate spirit that accompanies him or her through life. In KÁ, fire and other special effects will impress the eyes, and the signature Cirque du Soleil acrobatics are enhanced with martial arts and puppetry.
The Beatles - Love at the Mirage
Excellent both for children and baby boomers, The Beatles - Love plays at the Mirage. This tribute to the beloved band and the 60s era began as a collaboration with George Harrison. After his death, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr continued support of the production. The group's famed producer is the show's musical director. What the production lacks in Cirque du Soleil's signature acrobatics, it makes up in sheer nostalgia and songs that just about anyone can sing along with.
Criss Angel Believe at Luxor
At the Luxor you'll be amazed by the illusions at the Criss Angel Believe show. This is no ordinary magic show. Criss attempts some of the most intense and daring magic tricks known to man. Setting to hit the stage with jaw dropping illusions, you'll have to see it to believe it. Be sure you book your Criss Angel tickets in advance as these seats will go quickly.