Cirque du Soleil owns Vegas. Who knows knows what percentage of visitors to Sin City take in one of their shows — (a lot) — but one thing is certain: there’s a good reason why. In one word: amazing-ness. You could argue that’s two words but it doesn’t change anything… the Cirque shows rock, big time!
Try this experiment: ask someone if they’ve been to Cirque’s Zumanity. You’ll get answers like “Yeah, but I like O better.” Or “No, but I’ve seen all the others, and I like Mystere best!” or something like that. People get very, very hooked on this stuff. Don’t even talk about Love, the new Cirque show that celebrates the Beatles. Think “sold out.”
After seeing KA this weekend, mate, I get it. From the crazy and brilliantly costumed crew outside the theatre who ensure you hustle inside instead of throwing more money at the slots, to the incredible set, to the story, the music, the fireworks, the cast… there are no weak points, no holes, no nothing out of place.
What did I like best about KA? The stage. The front half of the stage, in fact. This hydraulically pumped-up masterpiece transformed itself from a boat into a plain old stage into a beach and then a mountain-top and then an arrow-strewn hillside… the rumors that Cirque spent $100 million on the theatre are easy to believe when you see it in action.
The KA theatre was designed by Mark Fisher, famous in the entertainment industry for his designs for the Steel Wheels tour for The Rolling Stones and ZooTV for U2. There are some great shots of Fisher’s KA set and that amazing stage on his web site.
Another surprisingly great thing about KA? (I can’t believe I’m writing this…) is that the merchandise for sale in the obligatory theatre store is very, very cool. The t-shirts and tops are reminiscent of Catalan style-mavens Custo Barcelona, and not at all what I expected; if I hadn’t spent time in the casino earlier I could have blown a small fortune there and actually gotten something for my money…
Anyway: no-one needs me to write a review of one of the greatest shows around. If you’re going to Las Vegas and haven’t caught the Cirque bug yet, do yourself a favor, as they say in the classics.
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