Which Cirque Show Fits You? ; Hershey’s Chocolate World Opens; Pool Season Deals





Which Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas should you see?
by Nicole Lucht
You’ve booked your trip to Las Vegas and you’re determined to see a Cirque du Soleil show during your stay here. Perfect – only one thing: Cirque du Soleil has eight shows to choose from in Las Vegas, and they are all dramatically different. Sure, you could see each of Cirque’s shows, but that wouldn’t leave you much time for playing in the casino, sunning at the pool or visiting one of Las Vegas’ many attractions. We took it upon ourselves to weed through the Cirque shows to come up with a way to determine which show might be right for you, based on our own experiences. Be sure to let us know which Cirque show you most want to see at the bottom of this page.

Pop music lovers

The Beatles LOVE

Any fan of the Fab Four from Liverpool would enjoy this extravagant homage to the Beatles. This isn’t your typical Beatles tribute show; rather, actual recorded music by the Beatles surrounds the acrobatic, theatrical and dance acts as the band’s journey is told — from their start in England to worldwide fame to their spiritual sojourn to India. Like the Beatles’ era, the show is vibrant, colorful and ethereal, transporting you back to the days of peace, love and happiness. Among the dozens of Beatles songs performed are “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “All You Need is Love.” The show is more theatrical than acrobatic but still a feast for the eyes.

The Beatles LOVE performs at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday – Monday at The Mirage. Tickets start at $120.95.
Michael Jackson ONE

Miss seeing Michael Jackson in concert? Saw him, loved him and wanted more? Whether you loved him as a member of the Jackson Five or when he ventured out as a solo artist to become the King of Pop, “Michael Jackson ONE” honors MJ’s life through his music, philanthropy and iconic dance moves. Jackson’s story is told through urban dance moves, video, some acrobatics and MJ’s solitary sequined glove. The moonwalk, crotch grab and even a choreographed “Thriller” dance scene straight from 1983 have the audience members moving in their seats. A thrilling scene that virtually brings MJ back to life brings the performance to its peak, giving the audience a brief moment in time with the King of Pop himself.

Michael Jackson ONE performs at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday – Wednesday at Mandalay Bay. Tickets start at $119.85.
Adrenaline junkie


“Zarkana” is like stepping into a Russian theater haunted by spastic ghosts who have invited acrobats onto their stage to entertain them. This show embodies the Cirque du Soleil spirit with playful clowns, gasp-inducing acrobatics and an original soundtrack performed by a live band. The show also features the Atherton identical twin brothers who fly over the audience in a sensual rope act.

Zarkana performs at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday – Tuesday at Aria at CityCenter. Tickets start at $119.85.

For those feeling frisky


Billed as “The Sensual Side of Cirque,””Zumanity” is not for the prudish-at-heart. The show explores sexuality through comical vignettes, sensual gymnastics, sultry dancing and erotic imagery. You’ll laugh, you’ll squirm in your seat, you’ll tug at your neck collar — and yes, you’ll likely reach over to your date and suggestively squeeze his or her leg. You might even be tempted to pass your number over to one of the sexy, flirtatious performers. The show will have you rolling.

Zumanity performs at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday – Tuesday at New York-New York. Tickets start at $75.85.
Like to make a splash

O by Cirque du Soleil

“O” is the show to impress your friends back home when you tell them about your trip to Las Vegas. The highlight of the theater is the ever-changing aquatic stage. One minute, performers are diving 60 feet into the stage, and the next, fire is being thrown between artists on a flat surface. Clowns try to keep afloat atop their sinking house, divers fly through the air on Russian swings, contortionists challenge the limits of the human body and acrobats flip through the air from a suspended barge. The theater also offers special VIP box seating with wine and chocolates for a more intimate viewing experience.

O by Cirque du Soleil performs at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Wednesday – Sunday at the Bellagio. Tickets start at $153.95.


“Mystère” is the show to go to if you’re looking for a traditional Cirque show that puts a spotlight on the acts, foregoing many of the distracting side acts other shows offer. “Mystère” also holds the title of the longest-running Cirque show on the Las Vegas Strip, recently celebrating 20 years. The show is heavily acrobatic, with aerialists, hand-balancing and trapeze as just some of the acts, but has a mischievous clown to add in an element of fun. “Mystère” also has the added benefit of being the most affordable show, a plus for families.

Mystère performs at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday – Wednesday at Treasure Island. Tickets from $60.77.
Adventure seekers

“KÀ” is Cirque’s grand adventure set in the Far East. The ever-evolving stage transforms into a floating barge, a beach, snowy mountain and a sea caught in the midst of a violent storm. The show follows the story of twins separated by a villain, and follows them on their journey to be reunited. Jaw-dropping acrobatics, martial arts, tribal warriors and specialty acts meld to keep the audience awe-struck throughout the gravity-defying performance.

KÀ performs at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday at MGM Grand. Tickets from $119.85.
The slight-of-hand

Criss Angel Believe

“Criss Angel Believe” is the least Cirque-esque show offered on the Strip. The show does have a couple of clowns, in the form of four bumbling assistants, but that’s about as far as the connection goes. “Believe” revolves around illusions performed by magician Criss Angel and caters to his fan base. There’s dark humor, the classic saw-a-woman-in-half act done Criss Angel-style, his motorcycle “Skeleton” and a video that tells the story of the illusionist’s start as a child magician to worldwide fame.

Criss Angel Believe performs at 7 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at Luxor. Tickets start at $75.85.

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The Las Vegas Strip gets sweeter with Hershey’s Chocolate World opening June 3
by Jennifer Whitehair


It’s the sweetest announcement we’ve received in a while. Hershey’s Chocolate World has picked Tuesday, June 3 as its opening date.

An 18-foot Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup is installed on the Hershey’s Chocolate World sign on May 21, 2014. Hershey’s Chocolate World is scheduled to open on June 3.

The 9 a.m. June opening will include a Kiss for Las Vegas — actually 1 million Kisses. Hershey’s Chocolate World will give out the 1 million Kisses as part of the opening ceremonies.

The opening date announcement came the same day the store installed an 18-foot Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup as part of its signage on New York – New York Hotel & Casino.

Located between the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge on the hotel’s east side, the store will enjoy prime placement on the Las Vegas Strip. Inside, visitors will be able to buy all the Hershey’s brands, customize chocolate wrappers and even customize their own Hershey’s Kisses paper plumes. The two-story building will also offer tastings, photo opportunities and other interactive experiences.

The Hershey’s store is part of a previously announced construction at New York – New York and the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino that will lead into The Park, a pedestrian-friendly district along the Las Vegas Strip, stretching back toward the rear of the two properties where a new 20,000-seat arena is under development.

Hershey’s Chocolate World will join other chocolate attractions and shops in Las Vegas including M & M’s World, Ethel M’s, Jean Philippe Patisserie at Bellagio Las Vegas and Aria Hotel & Casino, Vosges Haut Chocolate at The Forum Shops at Caesars, the Chocolate Lounge at Sugar Factory and the recently opened Ghiradelli’s Chocolate at The Linq.


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Diving Into Pool Season Deals


By Anthony Curtis
It’s “daylife” time, and this year’s scene is as dynamic as ever, with all the big players battling for position, plus a couple of new entrants—Picnic at Downtown Grand and Drai’s at the Cromwell (both with rooftop pools). Asking which pool has the hottest babes, guys, parties, etc., is like asking where to find the best-paying slot machines: The product in casinos is pretty much the same, and that goes for the pools, too. But there are three questions you can ask that will elicit different responses for different pools: Which are topless? Which deal blackjack? And which can I get into if I’m not a hotel guest? For the answers, here’s your 2014 pool program.

There are 11 “toptional” pools: Artisan (Naked Pool), Caesars Palace (Venus Pool Club), Encore (European Pool), Golden Nugget (a designated area in the Tank), M Resort (DayDream), Mandalay Bay (Moorea Beach Club), Mirage (Bare Pool Lounge), Rio (The Voo), Sapphire (Dayclub), Venetian (TAO Beach) and Wynn (Sunset Pool). Admission fees and use requirements vary.

This year, 14 casinos are dealing blackjack poolside: Caesars, Cosmopolitan, Downtown Grand, Encore, Flamingo, Golden Nugget, Hard Rock, Mandalay Bay, M Resort, Palms, Red Rock, Stratosphere, Tropicana and Wynn.

Of course, nothing matters if you can’t get in, so here’s your all-important list of casinos at which at least one pool is open to the public: Aliante, Aria, Artisan, Bally’s, Caesars, Cosmopolitan, Cromwell, Downtown Grand, Encore (Beach Club only), Flamingo, Golden Nugget, Hard Rock, Hooters, J.W. Marriott, Luxor, M Resort, Mandalay Bay (Moorea, Daylight), MGM Grand (Wet Republic), Mirage (Bare), Palazzo (Azure), Palms, Planet Hollywood, Ravella, Rio, Rumor, Sapphire Pool & Dayclub, Silverton, Stratosphere, Sunset Station, Tropicana and Venetian (TAO Beach). The specifics—which pool is open at multi-pool casinos, what’s required for entry (cabana rentals only, for example), how much you have to pay—sometimes seem to change with the wind. But this list was accurate as of Memorial Day and should provide a good basic guide throughout the season.

And now for the deal. As of this writing, the following pools are free for locals 21 and older: Aria Liquid Pool (Thursdays before 1 p.m.), Artisan, Mirage Bare Pool (Mondays before 1 p.m.), Hard Rock (Mon-Fri), LVH, Lake Las Vegas, Hooters, Mandalay Bay Daylight (Sunday night swim party before midnight), Palms (Sun-Thu), Rio (including The Voo), Rumor, Sapphire Dayclub, Silverton (Mon-Thu), Stratosphere and Venetian Tao Beach (Mon-Thu.). Also, Aliante offers two-for-one entry for locals (and military) Mon-Wed, and Caesars’ Venus Pool Club is free to all women. Just show local I.D., and you’re in!

Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.
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