You’ve booked your trip to Las Vegas and you’re determined to see a Cirque du Soleil show during your stay here. Perfect – only one thing: Cirque du Soleil has eight shows to choose from in Las Vegas, and they are all dramatically different. Sure, you could see each of Cirque’s shows, but that wouldn’t leave you much time for playing in the casino, sunning at the pool or visiting one of Las Vegas’ many attractions. We took it upon ourselves to weed through the Cirque shows to come up with a way to determine which show might be right for you, based on our own experiences. Be sure to let us know which Cirque show you most want to see at the bottom of this page.
Pop music lovers
The Beatles LOVE
Any fan of the Fab Four from Liverpool would enjoy this extravagant homage to the Beatles. This isn’t your typical Beatles tribute show; rather, actual recorded music by the Beatles surrounds the acrobatic, theatrical and dance acts as the band’s journey is told — from their start in England to worldwide fame to their spiritual sojourn to India. Like the Beatles’ era, the show is vibrant, colorful and ethereal, transporting you back to the days of peace, love and happiness. Among the dozens of Beatles songs performed are “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “All You Need is Love.” The show is more theatrical than acrobatic but still a feast for the eyes.
The Beatles LOVE performs at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday – Monday at The Mirage. Tickets start at $120.95.
Michael Jackson ONE
Miss seeing Michael Jackson in concert? Saw him, loved him and wanted more? Whether you loved him as a member of the Jackson Five or when he ventured out as a solo artist to become the King of Pop, “Michael Jackson ONE” honors MJ’s life through his music, philanthropy and iconic dance moves. Jackson’s story is told through urban dance moves, video, some acrobatics and MJ’s solitary sequined glove. The moonwalk, crotch grab and even a choreographed “Thriller” dance scene straight from 1983 have the audience members moving in their seats. A thrilling scene that virtually brings MJ back to life brings the performance to its peak, giving the audience a brief moment in time with the King of Pop himself.
Michael Jackson ONE performs at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday – Wednesday at Mandalay Bay. Tickets start at $119.85.
“Zarkana” is like stepping into a Russian theater haunted by spastic ghosts who have invited acrobats onto their stage to entertain them. This show embodies the Cirque du Soleil spirit with playful clowns, gasp-inducing acrobatics and an original soundtrack performed by a live band. The show also features the Atherton identical twin brothers who fly over the audience in a sensual rope act.
Zarkana performs at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday – Tuesday at Aria at CityCenter. Tickets start at $119.85.
For those feeling frisky
Billed as “The Sensual Side of Cirque,”"Zumanity” is not for the prudish-at-heart. The show explores sexuality through comical vignettes, sensual gymnastics, sultry dancing and erotic imagery. You’ll laugh, you’ll squirm in your seat, you’ll tug at your neck collar — and yes, you’ll likely reach over to your date and suggestively squeeze his or her leg. You might even be tempted to pass your number over to one of the sexy, flirtatious performers. The show will have you rolling.
Zumanity performs at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday – Tuesday at New York-New York. Tickets start at $75.85.
Like to make a splash
“O” is the show to impress your friends back home when you tell them about your trip to Las Vegas. The highlight of the theater is the ever-changing aquatic stage. One minute, performers are diving 60 feet into the stage, and the next, fire is being thrown between artists on a flat surface. Clowns try to keep afloat atop their sinking house, divers fly through the air on Russian swings, contortionists challenge the limits of the human body and acrobats flip through the air from a suspended barge. The theater also offers special VIP box seating with wine and chocolates for a more intimate viewing experience.
O by Cirque du Soleil performs at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Wednesday – Sunday at the Bellagio. Tickets start at $153.95.
“Mystère” is the show to go to if you’re looking for a traditional Cirque show that puts a spotlight on the acts, foregoing many of the distracting side acts other shows offer. “Mystère” also holds the title of the longest-running Cirque show on the Las Vegas Strip, recently celebrating 20 years. The show is heavily acrobatic, with aerialists, hand-balancing and trapeze as just some of the acts, but has a mischievous clown to add in an element of fun. “Mystère” also has the added benefit of being the most affordable show, a plus for families.
Mystère performs at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday – Wednesday at Treasure Island. Tickets from $60.77.
“KÀ” is Cirque’s grand adventure set in the Far East. The ever-evolving stage transforms into a floating barge, a beach, snowy mountain and a sea caught in the midst of a violent storm. The show follows the story of twins separated by a villain, and follows them on their journey to be reunited. Jaw-dropping acrobatics, martial arts, tribal warriors and specialty acts meld to keep the audience awe-struck throughout the gravity-defying performance.
KÀ performs at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday at MGM Grand. Tickets from $119.85.
Criss Angel Believe
“Criss Angel Believe” is the least Cirque-esque show offered on the Strip. The show does have a couple of clowns, in the form of four bumbling assistants, but that’s about as far as the connection goes. “Believe” revolves around illusions performed by magician Criss Angel and caters to his fan base. There’s dark humor, the classic saw-a-woman-in-half act done Criss Angel-style, his motorcycle “Skeleton” and a video that tells the story of the illusionist’s start as a child magician to worldwide fame.
Criss Angel Believe performs at 7 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at Luxor. Tickets start at $75.85.
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