Las Vegas straight-up isn’t Las Vegas without Cirque du Soleil.
Vegas has been Cirqueless for a long stretch due to the shitshow (sorry, pandemic), but now your favorite shows are making a comeback.
By the time you read this, Blue Man Group will be back at Luxor (June 24), and that’s just for starters.
Yes, Blue Man Group is a Cirque du Soleil show. Please keep up.
Next up is “Mystere.” The popular show reopens at Treasure Island on June 28, 2021.
“O” continues its run at Bellagio on July 1, 2021.
Fun fact: “O” has grossed a billion dollars since it opened in 1998.
The most awkward of the Cirque shows, “Michael Jackson One,” returns to Mandalay Bay on August 19, 2021.
It’s a wonderful show, and we saw it free, although we don’t know if relying on the kindness of strangers is really the best way to ensure you’ll get a seat. If you have some free time, it’s worth a try. Read more.
We are relieved to say “Beatles Love” will return as well. We’d heard Cirque was giving this show a long, hard look as it contemplated which shows would or would not come back.
“Beatles Love” is back at Mirage on August 26, 2021.
“Zumanity” wasn’t as lucky. It has permanently closed.
“Le Reve,” often mistakenly identified as a Cirque show (it’s not), isn’t any kind of show now. It, too, permanently closed. We hear the “Le Reve” theater is getting an overhaul and the next production will be waterless.
The only Cirque show we haven’t heard any news about is “Ka.” Cirque reps have suggested the show may return in September or October.
If you have difficulty keeping track of all the Cirque shows in Las Vegas, check out our one-minute guide.
Cirque du Soleil just made a sweet video showing its performers bailing on their pandemic jobs to get back to what they do best, Cirqueulating. Which probably isn’t a word.
There are challenges ahead for Cirque du Soleil, as Las Vegas has more seats than it can possibly fill (hello, Allegiant Stadium), with more coming online all the time (hello, MSG Sphere).
Some suggest Cirque had hit a saturation point in Las Vegas prior to the pandemic. It relies heavily on international customers, and those are in short supply right now. Also, several Cirque shows have played for decades, so the available pool of fresh eyeballs was shrinking over time.
But those red flags are for another time! Now, it’s time to celebrate the return of Cirque du Soleil to the Las Vegas Strip.
Cirque needs to start generating revenue gain, and the same goes for its world-class performers and stage technicians.
Business aspects aside, Las Vegas needs Cirque du Soleil back. In addition to being a major economic player, Cirque is nothing short of the spiritual heart of Las Vegas entertainment. To many around the world, Cirque shows are the embodiment of what Las Vegas spectacle is all about.
Cirque performers are moving miracles in lycra, and without them, how would casino heists happen?
Cirque is back, and Vegas is feeling a lot more like Vegas again.