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Zarkana Returns From Hiatus A (Somewhat) Changed Production

Where: 3730 South Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89158
March 10, 2014 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (3)

No, it will not be performed outdoors now...

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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New VIP Seating Now At 'O'

February 7, 2014 at 7:36 PM | by | Comments (3)

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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The Best Tickets In Town

December 30, 2013 at 6:26 PM | by | Comments (4)

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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Zarkana Performer Falls Off Wheel Of Death

Where: 89109
November 4, 2013 at 8:08 PM | by | Comment (1)

Production stock photo.

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.

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The Cirque You Probably Haven't Seen

September 26, 2013 at 4:49 PM | by | Comments (2)

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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KA Returns

Where: 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
July 15, 2013 at 2:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

After the loss of one of their own in a tragic fall, the artists of KA by Cirque du Soleil will return to the stage tomorrow, July 16 at MGM Grand.

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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KA Dark Through At Least July 16

July 8, 2013 at 1:34 PM | by | Comments (3)

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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Michael Jackson ONE Becomes The One Show You Must See In Vegas

July 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM | by | Comments (10)

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.

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Cirque Mourns, KA Suspended After Tragic Fall

July 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM | by | Comments (2)

The beautiful fantasies of Cirque transformed into the stark reality of the dangers its artists face in an instant over the weekend after an artist in KA plummeted a reported 50 feet as audience members looked on.

News outlets state that 31-year old Sarah Guyard fell from the stage near the climax of Saturday night's second performance at MGM Grand. Several attendees tweeted their concern after the show abruptly halted and crowds were asked to leave as screams and groans could be heard from the stage:

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Help Needed: Which Show Should We Choose From MyVEGAS?

June 26, 2013 at 4:32 PM | by | Comments (25)

MyVEGAS is a fun game and great for tourists, but it's fairly useless if you live in Las Vegas and don't like Cirque du Soleil shows. Yeah, I'm that guy. When I'm in a casino I gamble, bet on sports, eat steak and drink too much vodka. When I started playing MyVEGAS the goal was to play enough to get a free crash pad for a night. Well, that never happened.

I didn't realize that MyVEGAS was made specifically for tourists until they started removing comp rooms from my rewards as I approached the point threshold. For example, a room at Luxor may have been 75,000 points, but when I attained that many points the rooms were gone. All hope wasn't lost as rooms at The Mirage or Aria were still available around 150,000 points but, again, as I approached 150,000 points that reward was gone. That may have just been strange timing, but it felt sketchy.

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Authentic Michael Jackson Memories Arrive At Mandalay Bay

June 3, 2013 at 6:31 PM | by | Comments (6)

Michael Jackson ONE rushes closer to its official premiere night of June 29. And, with our ear to the ground, we've been hearing good things about the show from people we trust. When we were last in the Mandalay Bay theater neighborhood, there was still some construction to be finished. Now, it all looks ready to go. And, they've added some of Michael's personal possessions to the re-vamping. Here's a preview:

At Caesars, Shania Twain shares with her fans a very nice selection of personal items when you attend her concerts. We'd been expecting something similar at Mandalay Bay, but discovered it's much more smaller in scale. Surprising, as they are all on loan from the Michael Jackson estate. They can't be short of mementos.

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See The LIGHT At Mandalay Bay

May 28, 2013 at 2:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

We showed you a tour of Mandalay Bay's Daylight Beach Club, now let's head indoors and take a look at LIGHT. A co-venture between the Light Group and Cirque du Soleil we've been very curious about their promise of a whole new spectacle. We'd also hoped, by now, to have read some independent online reviews. Because we wonder what others are thinking.

You name a place LIGHT, you better have the visuals down. They have. Based on our limited preview, we believe this is the best lighting set-up in town. Particularly if you have a short attention span. They do not stop moving.

The DJ stands in the middle. Video displays completely cover the huge wall behind them and digital screens are even on the ceiling. Add lasers, etc. and you will be blinded in a good way. The Cirque factor comes from aerialists and dancers behind the screens on the wall. They can also fly in over the top of the crowd. We've not seen that part.

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