Once upon a time, Vegas casino showrooms were all about live music, stand-up comedy and topless showgirls. Today, the hottest tickets are for stage productions by this postmodern circus of aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, fire breathers, dancers and just about anything else that bedazzles the crowds. Some, but not all shows are appropriate for kids, including Mystère (all ages allowed), or for those who are at least five years old, LOVE and Kà.
Cirque’s resident Las Vegas shows range from less-than-exciting duds to extravaganzas worth every penny. LOVE, a trippy time warp inspired by the music of the Beatles, is a best-seller at the Mirage. At Mandalay Bay, Michael Jackson ONE is another crowd pleaser. Cirque’s newest spectacular is Zarkana, an acrobatic rock show at Aria. At TI (Treasure Island), Mystère is the whimsical original. At Bellagio, O is performed on, above and below water, but many say that it’s overpriced. Kà, at the MGM Grand, mesmerizes with martial arts on moving platforms. New York–New York’s Zumanity is erotic, but bizarre. Criss Angel: Believe, at Luxor, is heavy on illusions and tedious ego-stroking.
To purchase tickets, call the casino box office directly or book online. Discounted same-day tickets to some shows (usually the less popular ones) may be available at Tix 4 Tonight. For more ticket discounts and promotions, check the Cirque du Soleil website or social media streams.