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Best Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas?

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Aaron W, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. Aaron W

    Aaron W Well-Known Member

    I'm heading to Vegas in a few weeks for a work conference. I'm planning on seeing a Cirque du Soleil show while I'm there, but unsure which of the seven to see. I'll only have enough time to see one, so I'm hoping to get some feedback from others who have experienced any of the Cirque shows currently playing in Vegas. Right now I'm leaning toward Mystère as it sounds like the most classic type of Cirque du Soleil performance and I've never actually been to any of their shows before.
  2. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    Not a big Cirque du Soleil fan, but we really loved the Beatles' one ("Love", if it's still there). To be honest, I hated "Zumanity" (I have tremendous respect for the performers & their incredible talents), but that show just wasn't my cup of tea, I guess.
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  3. I've seen several Cirque shows, tho none of the ones currently in Vegas. Mystère does indeed sound like the most typical, and would give you a good sense of what Cirque is all about. Zarkana also. (For me, if I ever do get to Vegas I'd see O, just because it's unique and won't ever show anywhere else.)

    But another good strategy is to go see the film Cirque du Soliel: Worlds Away, if you can (it opened before Christmas, might still be playing near you). It's basically a "best of Vegas Cirque shows" strung together with an overarching plot (sort of. as much as any Cirque show has a plot). If there are any scenes/routines in the movie that particularly strike you, that's your live show to go see.
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  4. UMBS Go Blue


    Check which night you're free; some shows might be dark on certain days of the week.

    Of the shows I've seen:

    Mystere is probably the oldest Cirque show in Vegas. Yes, it's a very good intro for a Cirque first-timer. And yes, Aaron, you're right in that it's slanted towards Cirque's actual circusy/acrobatic/street-performerish roots. I'd give it 4 stars out of 5. Tickets are cheap relative to the other Cirque shows too.

    Of all the Cirque shows, I enjoyed O the best (5 out of 5) because it still has those original circusy/acrobatic roots, with the added dimension of the water tank.

    I also enjoyed Zumanity (4 out of 5) although this would be better enjoyed with a free-wheeling, open-minded date (they have special sofas/loveseats made for 2). None of the acts struck me as risque except for the flying harness/trapeze common to all Cirque shows which, here, they turned into a simulated asphyxiation routine.

    Beatles Love (3 out of 5) - saw this one over the holiday break recently; more stage performance than circus/acrobatic act. If you are a huge Beatles fan though, then this might be worth it.

    KA (3 out of 5) - a lot of people I've talked to really liked the 360-degree rotating stage, but for the price, I felt there wasn't enough action for the buck. I found the slow parts, common to all Cirque shows, especially interminable here. Also, I sat in the front row and saw up close all the tiny safety wires/mechanisms that sprout out of nowhere - poles, the stage, the costumes - so that spoiled a bit of the skill/thrill element for me.

    If you also have time and $$$, try Absinthe, which is not Cirque du Soleil and which I also saw over the holiday break recently. It's everything Zumanity ought to be but isn't. Zumanity tries a bit too hard to be indirectly suggestive with their S&M acts, while Absinthe manages to pack in a very overt and raunchy slapstick comedy routine with a surprisingly good amount of plain old circusy/acrobatic routines. A much better bang for the buck.
  5. Spazactaz

    Spazactaz New Member

    When I was there I saw 3... Mystere, Zumanity, and Zarkana.
    I'd recommend Mystere for sure. Zumanity was also great... Zarkana was my least fav ever, even including the 2 I've seen outside of Vegas.
    I've also heard nothing but great things about "O".

    I looooooooooooooooooooove Cirque so much though!! Have tickets for Amaluna coming up in a few months. :)
  6. genegri

    genegri Active Member

    My family spent a few days in Vegas this holiday season and watch 4 shows, 2 of them were Cirque:

    Mystere - Original Cirque show. Good if you are into acrobatics. My in-laws thought it was the best.

    Love - If you like the Beatles, you will like Love.

    I also second the suggestion of Worlds Away if you can find it in a local theater.

    The other two we watched were:

    Le Reve - Similar to a Cirque show, and I lurved it the most of the bunch. Fantastic visual. Be sure to sit as far back as you can.

    Jubiliee - the topless version. DH and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We didn't invite the in-laws though. :cool::p
  7. maatTheViking

    maatTheViking Danish Ice Dance! Go Laurence & Nikolaj!

    I loved Ka more than the touring show I saw, I thought the story elements were better. The rotating stage is awesome.
  8. Louis

    Louis Well-Known Member

    O is my favorite Cirque show and my favorite live performance of any type, ever. There's amazing circus and gymnastics, a jaw-dropping and fascinating set, and great audience interaction. I was in the front row and got splashed by the divers and picked on by a clown. :lol: Wheeeeeee :rollin:.

    I hate Las Vegas, but the next time there and have any free time, I'd see O again. I'd do a trip to Vegas to see a Cirque marathon, actually.
  9. Really

    Really I need a new title

    I've only seen Mystere, and loved it! It was amazing how they were able to draw your attention in so thoroughly that you had no idea what was going to spring up next on the other side of the stage! Really enjoyed it!
  10. cygnus

    cygnus Well-Known Member

    I've seen most of the Vegas shows -except Zarkana, which just opened, and Criss Angel which doesn't interest me (It's officially a Cirque show, but it really isn't).

    My faves were KA and Love- very different from each other, but equally good. Love is dancier and less acrobatic, but has great music and staging. KA has some amazing effects (try to sit close to the stage in the centre- things will happen right above your head). I liked the "quieter moments". I would rate both 5/5.

    Neither will ever travel outside Vegas- the staging is too expensive and complicated.

    Next would be "O", which is also excellent and likewise will never travel. I'd rate it 4.5/5

    Mystere was fine- and it improved when they added a couple of acts (I saw it twice and enjoyed it more the second time) -more circusy than the others- 4/5.

    Zumanity- not so much for me- I think it was trying too hard to be risque and not quite making it. 2/5 (I would avoid this if you are going with your parents or (grown up) kids.

    I would second "La Reve"- it's not a cirque show but it could be.
  11. Aaron W

    Aaron W Well-Known Member

    Well my top three prospects were Mystère, Love, and O, but it turns out there aren't any performances for Love on the evening I'm free and there aren't any available seats together for O (I'm going with a coworker/friend). So we opted to buy tickets to Mystère. I'd definitely like to see the other two if I'm back in Vegas sometime soon, but it sounds like Mystère is a great show. Thanks all! :40beers:
  12. UMBS Go Blue


    Nice, good intro for the first timer and hopefully it'll leave you wanting more. Enjoy! :)
  13. Bailey_

    Bailey_ Guest

    O was fabulous -- it was worth every penny and I'd see it again. Like someone else posted, we chose it mostly because we could not see it anywhere else.
  14. Jimena

    Jimena Well-Known Member

    I haven't seen it but I've heard great things about La Reve. It was produced by one of the original Cirque producers (the one who made Alegria and Quidam) and it seems to show. I love the older shows better than the new ones because the concepts are tighter.
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  15. Matryeshka

    Matryeshka Well-Known Member

    I've seen O, Ka, Mystere, and Love.

    Of those four, Love was my favorite. I'm in the minority, but I preferred Ka to O. They're all good though and I'm sure you'll absolutely adore whichever you choose.
  16. Really

    Really I need a new title

    Enjoy, Aaron!
  17. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    I am going to Vegas in a few days (been there at least 3 times already). I have never been to a Cirque du Soleil show and would like to see one some day. The only ones I am considering are Michael Jackson (at Mandalay Bay), Beatles Love (at Mirage) and Mystere (at Treasure Island). Any comparisons of the MJ one? It seems everyone has already posted about the other two. O is not running anymore. I am not interested in Ka and Zumanity.

    The reviews of the MJ Cirque were very good, and I am a big Michael Jackson fan, but one person mentioned that the sound was extremely loud throughout. I am concerned about that because one of my guests (my sister) is very sensitive to loud music (she gets headaches). Has anyone been to the MJ cirque?

    I was shocked by the ticket prices. The lowest was around $90-100 (Mystere was $70 for the lowest) but really bad seats it seems (corners at the very back, and 4th level). The next level (3rd) was in the $115-$128 range (still affordable), but still didn't look that great on the seats map.

    A friend told me that it's important to get good seats, but those are in the $155 -$200 range. I am going there with my two guests, so that's a chunk of money, and I don't even know if they will like it.

    As possible alternatives (more economical) I am considering a BeeGee's song & dance show and a Michael Jackson's songs show. The latter is at the North end of the strip (Stratosphere) while we will be at the south end (Luxor), so distance wise the Bee Gees show sounds better. Anyone has any experience with either one? Sorry this deviates from the main topic (Cirque de Soleil)
  18. madm

    madm Well-Known Member

    I know these shows are not playing in Vegas, but I totally loved seeing Odysseo (a horse show), Amaluna, and Varekai.
  19. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    Looks like O is still performing (at Bellagio). Tickets are a bit high for me (lowest $122). On the half price show tickets link though (as suggested by Peibeck) I found MJ circq a bit cheaper. Have to look up the seats though. Unless they are good, I wouldn't buy the tickets.
  20. Twilight1

    Twilight1 Well-Known Member

    I have seen 5 of their shows and am dying to see "O".

    If / when I go to Vegas- that is the one I want to see the most.
  21. MacMadame

    MacMadame Cat Lady-in-Training

    Not a fan of Ka. I was bored! Loved, loved, loved Love and I'm not a crazy Beatles fan. I'm pretty sure Mystère was my first Cirque du Soleil show and I remember enjoying it but it was decades ago. I'm sure it's changed since then.

    I've seen another one that I think as O, but I'm not sure if it's O or not. I was pregnant with Mini-Mac and my amino fluid started vibrating to the music. It made for an, um, interesting experience.
  22. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    It has come down to choosing between the Beatles Love (at Mirage) and Mystere (at T.I.). Any recommendations?

    I really wanted to see the Mj Cirque; the location was convenient too, but it is way too expensive if I wanted decent seats. The other two are relatively affordable.
  23. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

    Mystery is very classic Cirque, lots of cool acrobatics, very little plot, and an annoying man dressed as a baby. Lots of fun though.
    Love gets my vote; I have actually seen it 4 times. More dance oriented, and packs an emotional punch.
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  24. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    I am having second thoughts now- thinking of Michael Jackson One instead of Beatles Love, mainly because the location is more convenient for me. Has anyone seen MJ One yet? The reviews are mixed. Some say it's excellent, but there are a few comments that says "too loud". I can get reasonably priced seats for both. I have found a discounted tickets website. I hope it's reliable. TravelVegas.com They seem to have the best deals.
  25. nyrak

    nyrak Active Member

    I saw the Beatles Love 5 years ago & loved it so much I had to send my parents to Las Vegas for their 40th anniversary the next year to see it too.

    O is also excellent, expensive but worth it.

    When I was there discounts on O were hard to come by. I got my ticket to Love for about 20ish% off at the discount ticket place....I think it's called Tickets for Tonight? Something like that.

    P.S. I enjoyed Love so much I saw it one next, had a ticket to see O the next night...if I could have I would've traded my ticket to O and seen Love again
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  26. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    Thanks. 'Love' it will be. :)

    Besides, I think my sister will enjoy it more than the MJ show. I LOVE Michael Jackson but I may have to see that show during my next visit.

    ETA: I can get tickets for $95 each (discounted price) or $94, for second best viewing. The $95's are on the 2nd level (200's) while the less expensive ones ($94) are on the first level (row D). That's a bit confusing. Is it better for viewing to sit a little away and higher than real close to the stage? The diagram they are showing is not helping much. Neither seat seems to be in a corner, which is good. I can't go wrong.
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  27. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

    There are no bad seats in that theater and you will have a blast.
    There are lots of clips on YouTube if you want a preview.
  28. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    I just bought the second level tickets because -1) the next higher price seats were not too far from it and they were also at second level, 2) the first level seats were in row D, and I thought my sister who is hypersensitive may react to being too close.

    I have never been to a Cirque du Soleil so I am quite excited.
  29. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    Got back from my Vegas trip. I saw the Beatles Love on my first night there. I made it an anniversary present for my sister and her husband. They really enjoyed it. They said it was breath taking, heart pounding, etc. We had great seats, but all seats seemed to be very good.

    It was the first time I had seen a Cirque show, I was very surprised by how the whole thing was laid out (viewing from all sides). So many people and yet it felt like a relatively small group.

    I enjoyed many of the performances in it- particularly Eleanor Rigby, Yesterday, Come together, My guitar gently weeps. The acrobats and the emotion were both great. I loved Strawberry fields with the big red/pink balls being bounced by the audience, and We were talking about the love (Huge white sheet that flowed over our heads and we touched it many times- it was my favorite moment). It seems I enjoy audience participation a lot.

    There were a couple of times when the music was too loud and another one where the strong lights were hard on the eyes (I closed my eyes during that).
  30. I meant to post this earlier, but it might be even better now: there's a film from 2012 called Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away. It contains best-of segments from O, Mystère, Kà, Love, Zumanity, and Viva Elvis, all strung together with a new storyline. (Well, as much as any Cirque show has a "storyline." It will give you a good taste of the shows you didn't manage to see -- as well as perhaps ideas for your next trip to Vegas. :D
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