The break is over. One of the final returns to normal with Las Vegas is about to see the headliners return to the Strip’s main showrooms.
While some second-level shows have been operating at lower capacity in the past few weeks, two major announcements in recent days have increased the anticipation of live shows.
Cirque du Soleil is bringing back two of its five headline shows on the Strip, and Bruno Mars became the first A-lister to return to residence.
Cirque du soleil
“This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for,” said Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, in a statement. “Almost 400 days have passed since we had to take a temporary break and we have been eagerly awaiting our return to the stage.”
Cirque du Soleil is bringing back its two longest-running shows on the Strip, Mystére on Treasure Island on June 28th and O at Bellagio on July 1st. The company also owns the Blue Man Group and its shows will return to Luxor on June 24th.
Cirque’s other three shows – The Beatles Love, Ka, and Michael Jackson One – will open later in the summer, based on the performance of ticket sales for Mystére and O.
Mars is the first major headliner to announce dates. Starting July 3, he will play nine shows at the Park Theater with 5,200 seats in Park MGM. The tickets for all these shows were sold out within a few minutes of availability in the last week.
“The opportunity to restart our Las Vegas entertainment offering with Bruno Mars, one of the music industry’s legendary superstars, is a moment we’ve all been anticipating for over a year,” said George Kliavkoff, President Entertainment & Sports, MGM Resorts. said in a press release. “Our guests will be delighted to hear that he is returning to Park MGM to do what he does best – to entertain with this high energy and passion that is second to none on stage.”
Caesar’s Palace will be bringing back live shows with Usher to the Colosseum starting July 16. He will play 18 shows over four months. Carlos Santana will play two dozen shows in Mandalay Bay from August through December.
Resorts World, the newest hotel on the Strip due to open in late June, has increased the anticipation of entertainment in its yet-completed 5,000-seat arena. While no announcements were made about on-site residencies, Resorts World revealed a commercial starring Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Celine Dion during the Academy Awards.
Planet Hollywood has made no announcements about its shows at the Zappos Theater, which include Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani and Kelly Clarkson. The latter was set to begin its course when the pandemic closed the Strip last March.
“Without question, it’s really a big piece of the puzzle. People equate certain things with Las Vegas and want to see those things again, “longtime Las Vegas advisor Anthony Curtis told KTNV. “This is another big signal that Las Vegas is really making a return.”
Restart a show
The return of the Cirque du Soleil shows is a big sign that Las Vegas is about to make a comeback.
“It’s very symbolic to us, not to mention how emotional it is to open these two shows first,” Lamarre told the Las Vegas Sun. “When I made the announcement to our employees, there were many tears. People see the openings of Mystère and O as a clear signal to the world that Cirque du Soleil is back. ”
While the company would love to start the shows right away, Lamarre said it was important to take about two months of rehearsals to get the shows just right.
“It’s very important when we open a show to the public that the quality is the same as it was a year ago,” said Lamarre. “The good news about our Vegas shows is that with the cast and crew in general, 95 to 98 percent of the people in Las Vegas live, which makes it less complicated than other shows around the world.”
Hotels aren’t the only entertainment venues in Las Vegas that are about to start shows.
The Allegiant Stadium opened in September without the crowds for the inaugural season of the Las Vegas Raiders. But the $ 2 billion stadium is also slated for major concerts, and the first is coming. Garth Brooks will christen the concert stage on July 10th with 65,000 spectators in the stands.
And Broadway returns to Las Vegas at the Smith Center, the performing arts venue near downtown hotels. It launches its series of shows from 2021-2022, including Cats, My Fair Lady, Tootsie, An Officer and a Gentleman, and A Christmas Carol.
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