Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas
Well, there are very nice things about Las Vegas and this is one of them.
Cirque du Soleil are quite famous and if you haven't heard of them, I suggest you take a look at their website (http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/) or, even better, see one of their shows.
"O", if read in English, sounds like "eau" which is water in French (Cirque du Soleil are originally French-Canadian). This gives you a hint on what to expect, this and the fact our 3rd-row tickets mentioned "WET SEAT".
This is a theater/circus/dance show on and in a huge swimming pool that has a retractable platform, so one minute it is water, the next it's not. This creates a stunning effect.
It is the most expensive Cirque du Soleil production ever and the theater was custom-built (you will understand why when you see it) and, apparently, cost about $32 Million.
The show is absolutely fabulous and will keep you entertained from the first to the last second. I would recommend having a seat in the first rows (Warning: Don't overdress if you want to sit in the first row - we were safe :))
The skills and ability of the performers is absolutely incredible. I was amazed!
The costumes were also great and the music was nice and suitable (I have never liked listening to it outside the show) with a live band and singer.
I can't wait to see another performance (although, after having seen this one, I have high expectations.
Get tickets in advance, there are two performances per night. Prices are $99, $125 and $150. If you can, go for the expensive ones, it's worth it.
Don't gamble for an hour and you'll save enough for the good tickets :)
I was told their other show "Mystère" is as good or better, I hope I have the chance to see it as well.
Dress Code: Casual
I'd heard so much about this show before the trip that I was afraid it would not live up to the hype. But it did. The acrobatics were amazing. There's so much going on at once its impossible to see it all in one show, but definitely give it a shot.
One piece of advice: get the best seats you can. I bypassed the floor level seats in favor of the lower deck after being assured I had great seats. I did not. I was one of the back rows of this section and had trouble seeing a lot of what was going on. Its a $25 difference in price between the floor seats and one level up. You don't want to miss a minute of this show. Its worth the money.
On trip 2, I decided to go back and see the show again. Sitting in the third row, for $25 more, was a huge difference. One word of advice: those really concerned about being in the "splash zone" should avoid the front few rows in the center. Those folks looked as though they were getting soaked. Its better to sit on the side as its splash free and you won't miss anyrhing.
There's so much going on at once onstage that its like watching 2 or 3 shows at a time. The acrobatics in this show take center stage, and for good reason. They are jaw droppingly impressive. O truly lives up to the hype.
Dress Code: There did not seem to be much of one. I'd heard that you can pretty much wear anything, but I didn't see people in jeans or shorts so I'm not sure.
Described as "the other side of Cirque du Soleil", I was unsure what to expect of this one. There is some nudity but the show is tasteful and pretty tame. Its actually pretty humorous too. The Cirque performers are great as well. I think you have to be 18 and over to get in, but they may allow people younger if accompanied by an adult.
Its worth seeing, but if you can only see one show, get tickets to "O".
They say that this is Le Cirque du Soleil's most expensive show ever, which is easy to understand when you walk into O's custom designed theatre inside the Bellagio. When the curtain rises, you are greeted by a magical fantasy world complete with its own aquatic environment consisting of a stage containing a 1.5 million gallon pool. The show is performed in and out of the water seemlessly while the stage consantly transforms from solid ground into a watery playland. In fact, the name of the show, O, is derived from the French pronunciation of the word for water: L'eau.
This show really is pure magic. I recommend it highly. However, if you want to go plan well ahead of time and buy tickets well in advance of your stay. There are 2 shows a night and they sell out regularly. Guests at the Bellagio have the luxury of buying reserved tickets for better seats that are reserved just for them.
Dress Code: It was mostly very dressy at the show, and yet there were people eating bags of popcorn so I think anything is ok.
1 of 4 Cirque Du Soleil productions that are currently playing in Las Vegas. I have been to 3 of them. They have all been amazing; but O is incredible! It's difficult to put into words how impressive this show is. A huge water stage that moves from an inch or two of water, to several feet of water. Beautiful costumes, unique music, and outstanding performances by the gymnasts. Guaranteed to leave you speechless! Tickets are in the $125.00 range and sell out months in advance.
The newest edition to the arcobatic amazement that is a Cirque du Soleil, Ka is described as "the epic story of a set of twins on a perilous journey to fulfill their shared destiny", according to the Cirque du Soleil website. The show is supposed to be a combination of actrobatics, pyrotechnics and martial arts.
I caught one of the preview shows and was blown away by the performance. In my opinion, its up there with O, although for different reasons. The story is a bit hard to follow, but the scenery, special effects and the acrobatics are amaziing. Ka doesn't have the acrobatic stunts seen in O that make jaws drop, but its cast is equally impressive in their movement and grace. The fire is a bit startling, even though its expected, especially if you're sitting up front.
I don't want to give too much away here, but I'll say that, if you liked O and are a Cirque fan, you'll want to take in a performance. As of late 2004, I think they are running a limited number of shows, only at 8 p.m. and only Sunday through Wednesday, or something like that. I believe the full schedule begins in 2005. But the Tuesday night showing I saw was far from sold out; there were plenty of good seats remaining empty, so getting tickets, at least at this point, is not a problem.
Dress Code: By and large, the dress code at these shows appears to be anything goes. There are some basic parameters I'd assume, such as no shorts or t shirts, but the crowd ran the Vegas gamut from casino casual to dressed to the nines.
Criss Angel the Mind Freak performs the show Believe at the Luxor Hotel. After watching videos on youtube I was so excited to see the show. I was a little confused that it was in the Cirque du Soliel group because I'd see other shows and couldn't imagine how Criss Angel could fit into that type of show.
I was sadly disappointed with the show. The illusions were ok, but not of the caliber I expected from him. The only thing I really remember about the show is when the doves flew out from the audience to the stage. Otherwise it was not worthy of me remembering the show.
The price of the tickets range from $59 to $139.
O has to be one of the best Cirque du Soleil Shows ever. Mesmorized by the beautiful visual effects and ever changing stage of the water-based show. Inspired by the concept of Infinity, O is breathtaking.
The show features around 13 different segments; including clowns, aerialists, trapeze, contourtioon, high dives, and fire.
Dress Code: Business Casual.
"Ka" is an excellent Cirque du Soleil show hosted by the MGM Grand. It is a spectacle of scenery, dance, acrobatics, and music. Unlike most Cirque du Soleil shows, "Ka" unfolds to a story. The rotating, tilting stages transform the theater into mountains, villages, ships, and beaches. Ka delivers perhaps the best staging that I have yet witnessed.
A: The category 2, seats (rear and center) are excellent.
B: The show is a bit pricy.
I never expected Cirque du Soleil to be such a Nightlife Tip but it really is. It was so interesting to watch the people coming in and out of the theater. Some were dressed in T-shirt and shorts and others were in evening gowns! This is definitely a place to spend a night out. Great place to meet people as well, if that's your sort of thing. You can order drinks here too. :)
Important Information from the Website:
"O" performs twice nightly at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. There are no performances on Mondays and Tuesdays.
All tickets must be picked up no later than one hour prior to show time. Tickets not picked up by show time are subject to cancellation.
If you are a confirmed guest of Bellagio, you may contact The Concierge at Bellagio by calling
866.906.7171 or 702.693.7075 for assistance with seating for "O" based on availability.
Children under the age of five are not permitted into the "O" Theatre. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Wheelchair seating is available upon request.
The Bellagio Ticket Office Counter
Hours of operation:
Wednesday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. (PST) Monday & Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (PST)
Tickets for “O” are
$150.00, $125.00, $99.00, and $93.50
Ticket prices exclude the 10% Live Entertainment Tax, as well as a $5.00 per ticket processing fee.
There is a link under the ticket price information. I bought my discounted tickets there! I saved quite a bit of money going on a Wednesday night at 10:30. You may want to check it out before spending the recommended prices.
Dress Code: Anything.....really
I am a HUGE Cirque fan and have seen all of the shows...My personal list...
1.) Love. All about the Beatles...beautiful showmanship, artsy, and some really, really, wonderful numbers. Vivid, timeless, and a great experience. More "dance" than "acrobatic".
2.) O. @ the Bellagio, I have seen this show twice. Lots of acrobats, stunts, and breathtaking. O revolves around water, and sometimes the performers are diving into it from 100 feet, sometimes they are walking on it. Surreal, imaginative, and lavish.
3.) Le Reve @ The Wynn. This was taken from O at the Bellagio when Steve Wynn began his new project, and is a smaller theater with the same beautiful performances and intergration of water.
4.)Ka @ MGM. This was ok, but the show stealer here is the 6 million dollar stage.
5.) Mystere. One of the original Cirque Shows, this one is fun and quirkey, with great costumes and colorful stages.
6.) Zumanity @ NY, NY. My least favorite out of all of the shows. Deemed the "Sexy" Show, it really comes off more as cheesy. I love burlesque, I love Caberet, I hated this show. Great ads though!
this was a show that my husband had been wanting to see and bugging me about since we arrived in Vegas. we bought the tickets to a 10 P.M. show. the Tickets were 150.00 each... so we paid 300 dollars that night to see a 1.5 hour long show.
it was cool, they did a good job of incorporating the audience into the show at first, but then never really did anything else... the moving stage was impressive, so was the effects of the water/ocean. loved the show, but it was a little stretched... almost as if they knew that they were charging too much and felt that they needed to stretch it all out.
i almost fell asleep towards the end, so did my husband. it's weird because when we bought the tickets i didn't have a problem with the price. I only started having regrets towards the end of the show... all in all i'd say it was a cool show, see it for the cheapest price possible, and i would not see it again... once was enough...
Dress Code: casual to business casual; jeans, Tees, or perhaps slacks and a dress shirt.
We had reports that most of the shows were well worth seeing. But they are not cheap. The more popular the show, the higher the price. Most people agreed that the Cirque du Soleil was the best show but you pays your money and you takes the chance.
Very colourful noisy 'in your face' shows
Dress Code: you can dress up if you wish but it is not necessary. You certainly get better service if you are reasonably smart.
'O' by CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - Live entertainment at its very best. 'O' is French word for water (spelled 'Eau'). Directed by Franco Dragone, who has directed 6 other Cirque du Soleil's productions, 'O' uses water - lots of it - as much as 1.5 million gallons - as its stage. Featuring 74 excellent acrobats from around the world the show is incredible!
Watch out for the high-tech stage which can drain the reservoir of water from the stage in less than 7 minutes! Great backdrops and stage designs. I wonder how much it costs?
An elegant world-class production. Love the songs (performed live) from this show.
IMHO, this is the best of all Cirque du Soleil's performances. I've watched 'Mystere', 'Saltimbanco', 'Alegria' & 'Dralion'. 'O' is the most unique (in terms of stage-setting, music & costumes) & expensive of them all.
Dress Code: Formal.
Wow, Wow, Wow....folks, that's probably the best way to describe this show. Totally awe-inspiring and it starts off with a clown leading unknowing ticket holders around the entire facility in a fruitless search for their seats. Let's just say that there is a fair amount of audience participation. It is performance art without boundaries. Ballet without gravity. It is theatre without actors.
It is Mystère, the surrealistic celebration of music, dance, acrobatics and comedy. Mystère features specialty performances including the hilarious clown, the incredible Aerial Cube act, the awe-inspiring Hand-to-Hand act, the graceful Bungee artists who perform an aerial ballet high above the audience and a high-flying group of amazing acrobats who perform a breathtaking Aerial High Bar act.
Dress Code: I guess it depends, you have informal to business casual to suits and evening gowns.