Mark’s Top 5 Shows: #2 Cirque du Soleil

Coming in at Number 2 on the Mark’s Top 5 Shows list is Cirque du Soleil.
OK. It isn’t a single show, but if I didn’t group them together, Cirque shows would dominate this list. If you’ve been to Las Vegas more than a few times and haven’t seen a Cirque du Soleil show, you are missing out on a key Las Vegas experience.

In the early days when I was going to Las Vegas with $100 a day to cover all expenses, I splurged on back row tickets to Mystere. I didn’t think the show would be worth the almost $100 ticket price. I was proved wrong. Even from the back row, it was an incredible experience. Now I try to see the Cirque du Soleil shows from the front row as well as something near the back in order to get the full picture.

Each show has its own unique element, but all of them have incredibly high production values. Mystere at TI is the classic Cirque du Soleil show with more traditional acrobatics and clowning. If you want the purest Cirque du Soleil experience, this is the one to see.  ‘O’ at the Bellagio creates stunning visuals above and within its large pool. Each stage image is a piece of art.  Ka at MGM Grand adds a more accessible storyline as well as 2 moving, tilting stages and incredible projections. The technical wizardry almost overshadows the performers.  Zumanity at New York – New York moves the fantasy elements to the sexual side with a cabaret theme. I recommend sitting in one of the front row love seats to get the most of out this one.  Love at the Mirage is a wonderful journey through the Beatles. You can see my more detailed review of it here.  Criss Angel: BeLIEve at the Luxor is a bit out of line with what I expect from Cirque du Soleil, but if you close your eyes, the live original score is an enjoyable mix of orchestral and electronica music.  Zarkana at Aria is a return to the more traditional bigtop style Cirque du Soleil show with lots of acrobatics and physical feats. Michael Jackson: One will be opening at Mandalay Bay on May 23rd and is expected to be similar to Love, but with Michael Jackson music as the focus.

Ticket prices range from $69-$180 depending upon the show and the seating section.  From time to time, discounted tickets to Cirque du Soleil shows can be found at Tix4Tonight. The Luxor coupon book usually has a coupon for Criss Angel: BeLIEve. TravelZoo currently has good offers for Love and Mystere. Room and show packages are also available at most of the show resorts.

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