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"The casino realized there are so many entertainers wanting to have a place to perform that they started charging rent for the room. Somewhere along the way, the casinos stopped connecting the dots between the show and the casino."
An empty theater is dead space, and casinos are eager to make it work for them. In the past, a casino had one showroom and one headliner that created a packaged brand. Now, there are dozens of shows, sometimes competing for the same audience. There is no formula to guarantee a hit -- even Cirque du Soleil has failed twice on The Strip in recent years, despite millions of dollars of start-up cash. So, what do you do when you're an unknown talent with a dream of stardom?
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“Las Vegas show business is a business that has a huge hill to climb before the curtain ever goes up. Wish it would be like the "good old days" when the town was more "organized" and they paid the entertainers...”
Should you care what it takes to put on a show when you just want to be entertained? That depends on your perspective. In an era of music file-sharing, bootleg DVDs, and $30 million movie star salaries, we probably don’t care about the financial well-being of performers. But, live performance is different from listening to the radio. It’s communal -- a shared experience between the entertainers and a group of strangers that come together in the dark. For it to continue, it has to be profitable. Therein lies the challenge of today’s Vegas entertainer. We spoke to six current and former headliners to get a little insight, and they were very candid about the difficulties they face. We aren't mentioning any names, venues or shows to protect their identities.
Some live for Shark Week, others crave Restaurant Week. For Vegas show lovers that can't get enough Cirque du Soleil in their daily diet, the fourth installment of Cirque Week returns this November. Tickets put you behind the scenes of any (or all, if you choose) of the eight Las Vegas Cirque productions for "once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to experience the music, mystical characters and state-of-the art technology."
Speaking of once in a lifetime, read about VegasChatter's Cirque Week experiences with KA, Mystere and O last year. Or, what we learned in 2011 from Cirque Week. A little tongue-in-cheek aside, these behind-the-scenes events do offer a rare chance to peek behind the curtain of some amazing productions.
New to the mix this year is, of course, Michael Jackson ONE with a choreography lesson that is capped to 200 guests. In other words, if you want to walk the (moon)walk, you'd better talk the talk with your wallet sooner rather than later. The full list of events is below. Tickets are $100 to $585, plus the customary taxes and fees. To purchase or for more info, visit CirqueWeek.com.
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A month ago, it debuted newly remodeled Gold Club accommodations in the Rush Tower. Accessed by key card only, the new digs now offer a more manly palette of dark brown, tan and crisp white. (See what they looked like before here.) Rooms also feature plasma screen televisions, too. A standard room is shown above while a suite and a bathroom can be seen below.
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Their performers may defy gravity like super-heroes, but now Cirque du Soleil legitimately belongs alongside Spider-man and the Fantastic Four. Cirque has teamed with Marvel Comics to produce a comic book based on KŔ. During Cirque Week we were introduced to the production team of a proposed four-issue series. The story honors the exact plot of the MGM Grand show and, if you've heard that Cirque don't always make sense, you certainly can't say that about the hero's journey of KŔ.
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If it's been a while since you've witnessed Mystere, three new acts are waiting for you.
Cirque du Soleil's unique fan-festival, Cirque Week, continues and we've been behind the scenes at Mystere to witness a special performance by the Chinese Pole team. These acrobats were plucked from Zed, a Cirque production that closed in Tokyo last year. So were the other pair of new additions: a trapeze act that was a hit in Japan and Ginger Ana Griep-Ruiz, a Tissu acrobat. You know, the ones who elegantly swirl around on those incredibly long fabric strips? This group have brought a new buzz to the production, just as they are gearing up for next year's 20th anniversary of life on the Strip.
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Cirque Week is finally upon us, taking us where we've never been before and offering gifts we'd never think we'd received. And, we took an amazing backstage tour that is also open to you. Anytime.
For the last three years, Cirque du Soleil has organized a week of behind-the-scenes tours, talks with production creators and discounted show ticket packages. We're there to glean all the backstage secrets and, once again, they hold nothing back. If you want to build you own version of Cirque in your back garden, they'll tell you anything and everything you need to construct one. Every event is the model of clockwork efficiency, full of enthusiastic and committed participants. This is how a company should present itself to the world. And, to its most committed audience members. We're big fans.
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“I want it to be the gold standard. The scariest, top of the line, most intense haunted house in the world.”
Film director Eli Roth is enthusing, tour-guiding and trying not to lean against the wet plaster of his under-construction, sixties-themed Baby Dolls Lounge. The third floor libation room sits on the balcony of the Harmon Corner complex, across the bridge from CityCenter and The Cosmopolitan.
Lounge go-go dancers will be caged, including zombie groovers available for live feedings. This scene will play out as your view includes the Prada and Tom Ford boutiques across the street at Crystals. For Roth, a lounge was a must-have for this horror mini-theme park. Usually, after you wind your way through this kind of scare experience, it's all over. But here, Roth explains, “you can congregate, meet and interact.”