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Yesterday, emotions were high in the KA Theater at MGM Grand, but the energy was even higher. At a press preview of the newly reworked “battle scene” from the well-loved Cirque du Soleil production, minds were on the events of a year and a half ago when artist Sarah Guyard-Guillot fell to her death during a performance when the cable attached to her safety harness came out of its track and was severed.
In the wake of the tragedy, Cirque officials worked with OSHA and two independent groups to analyze exactly what happened. They then met with their artists who wanted to honor Guyard-Guillot’s legacy and the integral scene in the storyline of their show by bringing back the epic battle.
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In June 2013, Cirque artist Sarah Guillot-Guyard died after a tragic fall during KA's ending battle scene. Due to safety concerns, the act was replaced with another number. Now, Cirque du Soleil officials have announced it will return.
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The VegasChatter corporate offices went on high alert when actress/producer/writer Mindy Kaling indicated on social media that a Vegas trip was imminent. It's always interesting to see what a celebrity will do in Sin City and usually pretty (although, for most, unintentionally) entertaining, too.
While Prince Harry still holds the honor of cheekiest visit to date, Mindy kept fans enthralled through a constant stream of social media updates. After following (obsessively) along, here's a quick guide on how to do Vegas, Kaling style:
1. Pack the appropriate essentials.
Vegas dress? Check. Bling? Check. Multiple bathing suits? Check.
Until now, if you wanted to see a Cirque du Soleil show in Vegas, the night time was the right time. And, the only time. That changes this Sunday when Michael Jackson ONE, the one Cirque show we deemed you just can't miss, launches matinee performances on Sundays at 4:30 p.m.
The move means the production will only have one nighttime production on Sundays instead of two like the rest of the week. See it at 7 p.m. on Sundays if the matinee doesn't work. MJ ONE also can be viewed Saturdays through Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The show is dark Thursdays and Fridays. Tickets begin at $69 and can be purchased by calling 877.632.7400 or visiting CirqueDuSoleil.com/MJOne.
(PHOTO: Matthew on Foursquare)
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After a one-month hiatus dedicated to upgrading the popular variety act, Cirque du Soleil's production of Zarkana re-opened its doors to the public in February. New characters, music and an additional acrobatic act were among the key changes made to the ocular spectacle that debuted at Aria in late 2012.
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Allow us to introduce our newest VegasChatter contributor, LuckyDucky. She hails from a beach town in the south, but ended up loving land-locked Las Vegas more than she expected, and has stuck around for eight years. Though her tourist time is behind her, she never tires of corny souvenir glasses, the Bellagio fountains, and the Luxor beam. For her first assignment, she experienced a new way to view a Vegas favorite.
Front row seats to Cirque shows may feel luxurious but with performances on such a large scale, it can be difficult to see all of the elements when sitting close to the stage. Enter the new VIP suites at Bellagio’s Cirque show, "O."
If you want to kick it up a notch for your Vegas show experience, be prepared to shell out the big bucks. This VIP experience will cost you $295 per person ($335.45 with tax and fees), but can you really put a price on legroom? Many Las Vegas theaters sardine you in, even when you’re paying top dollar for those front row seats.
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It's time for the fourth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we begin to bring you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2013 -- the good, the bad, and the mind-boggling.
In 2013, Vegas kept us quite entertained. Sometimes better than others. The year came in with a bang for The Quad, brought a vault full of rock to LVH, gave us some Boyz who wanted to hold us tight at The Mirage, brought an epic journey with Loberace, saw a Pin Up with potential at the Strat, had us hearing voices at Bally's, and made us feel awful for Broadway at the Four Queens, among many, many other entertainment experiences. But which new show was the best for 2013? And, which keeps knocking our sock puppets off? Here are our picks:
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Cirque du Soleil suffered another serious mishap during a performance over the weekend. This time, theater-goers at Zarkana saw one of the performers in the "Wheel of Death" act slip and fall. According to Zarkana's Facebook update, the show was halted and the artist was transported to UMC where he was in stable condition. He was expected to be released from the hospital in the next few days.
For those unfamiliar, the Wheel of Death is a giant set of spinning wheels from which the performers jump off.. jump on.. and do other death-defying acts. The wheels are also featured in KA, and can make a nervous audience member very uncomfortable.
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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31-year old Sarah Guyard died after plummeting 50 to 100 feet during the production's climatic battle scene on June 29. The show was immediately suspended. Cirque has now announced that battle scene will be removed and that a new act has been added.
An official investigation into just what happened is still underway.
(PHOTO: Cirque du Soleil)
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After a horrifying fall claimed the life of a KA performer on June 29, we're learning the production will continue to remain dark for now.
VegasChatter fan Brian W. reports that ticket holders are being told the show will now be cancelled through July 16, if not longer. Purchasers are being offered either a refund or assistance in booking another Cirque performance (if available). If you have KA tickets for July and have a concern, contact MGM Grand at 1.800.929.1111.
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On one of the hottest days in the history of Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil made it snow inside the Michael Jackson Theatre at Mandalay Bay. Wet, liquid snow. Later they added flames, sparks and smoke. And, along the way unveiled the best show you'll find on the Las Vegas Strip.
Michael Jackson ONE takes a legitimately polarizing pop culture figure, removed much of the hardcore acrobatics of a regular Cirque performance, and created a unique hybrid of a real-life music video, a real-life Michael Jackson concert and a revival meeting. It moved first night attendees to tears. It frequently created gasps from the audience. We don't even enjoy Michael's music. We're certainly less of a fan of the person. And, yet, we'd see this show again in a heartbeat. It's that good. And, everything you want from an over the top Las Vegas showbiz night on the town.