Las Vegas has plenty of must-see shows, but Cirque du Soleil is the one production that dominates the Strip. Known for interesting characters, incredible imagery, and storylines unlike anything you’ve ever followed before, the company has changed the way we “circus” and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Here are the 7 Cirque shows in Vegas - ranked:
The Beatles Love
Perhaps one of the one most popular and acclaimed Cirque shows in Vegas, The Beatles LOVE at the Mirage takes audiences on a beautiful journey through the classic music of the band. With the music comes vintage imagery and over-the-top stunts including a high-energy trampoline act; a fast-moving roller-skate routine choreographed to "Help!" and a giant bedsheet that gets pulled over the audience.
Michael Jackson ONE
Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay is as close to seeing Michael Jackson live in concert as you’re ever going to get. The show brings the King of Pop to life through giant video screens and even a hologram. Audiences get to walk through Michael’s classic videos, which are brought to life through his famous costumes and dance routines. The most exciting part about the show is the trampoline act set to “Thriller.”
The longest-running Cirque show in Las Vegas, Mystère at Treasure Island is your most classic Cirque production with acrobatics, tumbling gymnasts, comedic magicians and serial artists. Mystère also has some pretty unique characters like an adult dressed like a baby and a snail that grows throughout the show until it’s so large four puppeteers have to control it.
The most sensual Cirque production on the Strip, Zumanity at New York-New York is for adults’ eyes only. The show, which is hosted by a drag queen, has everything from men swinging from chains to daredevil acts and even a simulated orgy near the finale. Bondage, sexuality and gender barriers are common themes.
Criss Angel MINDFREAK Live!
What do you get when you combine a world-class magician with a Cirque production? An unforgettable nail-biting show that you won’t forget. Criss Angel brings his extraordinary magic and tricks to the stage as Cirque provides their usual incredible acrobats and artistry.
If you want to be wowed with visuals you must see KÀ at MGM Grand. The show all takes place on moving platforms carrying lavish set pieces while moving in all directions. The pieces include sand dunes, a forest, and a shipwreck at sea. The theme is globally inspired borrowing elements from Asia and South America.
Despite its short name, “O” at the Bellagio is quite extraordinary. “Eau” but pronounced “O,” is the French name for water, takes place in and above a giant pool, with a team of acrobats, divers, and synchronized swimmers. Among the spectacular feats is a high dive where performers drop 60 feet into water below. There are also above water antics like acrobats on giant swings, and a fire.