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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.
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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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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.
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.
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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You won't be bored. Cirque du Soleil previewed four Michael Jackson ONE production numbers to the press, opening the doors of their Mandalay Bay theater for the first time since December 2011. Four songs and lots and lots of stuff going on. And, lots to review.
We personally forgot what we had already told you: Michael Jackson ONE plots "four misfits" on a "transformative adventure." Took us a minute to work out the roles of the three geeky dudes and a teenage girl on the stage. But, then it all made sense. Last month, we were first to show you artist renderings of the production. And, they looked exactly the same as the scenes unveiled before our very eyes. But, with more lights and lasers. Lots more. This might be brightest show we've ever seen.
The show's premise is rooted in the "spirit and energy" of Jackson and, pondering the notion, if you possessed the spirit of his hat, his glove or his shoes what could you do? Could you fly? (We thought sell them on eBay, but...)
The preview began with paparazzi characters running through the audience and harassing spectators with lights, cameras and microphones. If you've never warmed to Cirque clowns approaching you, these camera guys make perfect sense. We then watched four numbers choreographed to Jackson's songs. These numbers are played all the way thorough. No 60 second K-Tel greatest hits commercial edits.
"Tabloid Junkie" faces head-on the Jackson newsprint rumor factory. Headlines projected on the walls write of his attempt to buy the "Elephant Man's bones" and Joseph Merrick's skeleton stands there on the stage. Michael's supposed oxygen chamber is also wheeled across the stage. "Stranger in Moscow" spotlights a flown-in crescent moon lady and an aerialist. Behind him drifts snow and ghostly images of Liz Taylor, Michael and Diana Ross. "Bad" is a more literal re-imaging of the music video, with a kind of street gang, a New York subway backdrop and graffiti and B-Boy stances. And, you'll also learn the correct spelling of Cha'mone. "Smooth Criminal" includes a group synchronized leaning you'll be puzzling over for days.
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There's seeing a show in Vegas and then there's being among the first ever to see it. Soon, three new productions will make their Strip debuts and, for two of them, you can still scoop up opening night tix. And, while opening night is sold out for a third, tickets are still available for its second night of life.
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Spoiler alert. We going to reveal some seriously secret content from Cirque du Soleil's soon to arrive Michael Jackson ONE show. The one at Mandalay Bay. So, look away if you don't want to discover the songs they've chosen and the impressive look of the show.
A few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to witness a very small hint of Michael Jackson ONE during their name unveiling event. And now, Cirque themselves have given a broader hint at what’s to come. A behind-the-scenes video profiling their Montreal-based rehearsals features very quick shots of the design renderings and storyboards used to map out the show. Cirque maintains this permanent production will not be Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour Mark II. Totally different, they say. So, if you saw that touring show when it was at Mandalay Bay, do let us know if this feels similar.