Part of the reason Las Vegas is known as The Entertainment Capital of the World is because it knows how to bring in the best, most critically-acclaimed entertainment from around the world. And in November, the Las Vegas Strip will welcome the acrobatic rock opera Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil to Aria Resort and Casino, replacing Cirque’s current show there, Viva Elvis.
Times magazine has proclaimed Zarkana as “the show of the summer” and the New York Post has described is as “truly spectacular, awe-inspiring, gorgeous and stunning.” And if that wasn’t reason enough, its usual Cirque characteristics like juggling, high wire acts, flying trapeze, mysterious plot and non-stop suspense, make Zarkana a perfect fit for the Las Vegas scene.
Getting its name from the fusion of the words “bizarre” and “arcane”, “Zarkana” refers to the strange aura and atmosphere of the place and its inhabitants. The show follows Zark, a magician who is on a quest to regain his powers and the love of his life. In his pursuit to find them, he encounters an abandoned theater filled with off-the-wall characters, mutants, sinister sirens, and some of the most bizarre characters you may ever encounter. All, of which, are determined to divert him from his quest.
It is Zarkana’s cast of 75 international artists who use their extraordinary acrobatic feats, athleticism, and intensity to transport the audience into a fantastical and suspenseful world, where guests will have a hard time distinguishing reality from imaginary. The result is a mind-blowing show you won’t believe.
Zarkana may be Cirque’s newest show on the Strip, but it’s certainly not a new show. The elaborate production has been wowing audiences for years now, having already been seen by 1 million people. That number includes its current run at Radio City Music Hall in New York, which will come to an end on Sept. 2. Zarkana has also broken record tickets sales in Madrid, Spain by selling a whopping 550,000 tickets throughout its run and 330,000 tickets at the Kremlin Theater in Russia.
“We look forward to welcoming the cast and crew of Zarkana later this year," said Bill McBeath, President and COO of Aria. "We’re certain they will love their new home and we’re equally certain that audiences from around the world will be wowed by this incredible production."
Zarkana premieres at Aria November 9, with performances nightly at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday through Thursday. You can find discounted tickets right here on Best of Vegas. And if you’re an Elvis Presley fan you can still catch Cirque’s “Viva Elvis” production now through Aug. 18 with discounted tickets right here on Best of Vegas.