Cirque du Soleil shows remain among the Top 10 events in Las Vegas week after week combining circus arts and street entertainment in a setting of pure imagination. Nine thousand plus Cirque du Soleil tickets are sold each night in Las Vegas, the permanent address to many of the top shows. Eight productions are currently established into regular runs at Las Vegas hotels; others reside in Chicago (Cirque Shanghai) and Orlando (Cirque du Soleil-La Nouba), while two shows are touring in multiple cities – Cirque du Soleil-Quidam in Brooklyn, Charlotte, Estero, Fairfax, Fort Lauderdale, and Raleigh and Cirque du Soleil-Totem in Irvine, Kanata, San Pedro and Santa Monica. We take a look at which Cirque du Soleil shows are in high demand based on the average price of Cirque du Soleil tickets.
Cirque du Soleil debuted a new show Saturday at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas that pays tribute to the late Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson One is currently the most expensive Cirque du Soleil show on the secondary market. Demand dictates price which proves that a second production in Cirque du Soleil’s roster honoring MJ was desired by fans. According to USA Today, The Immortal World Tour was last year’s sixth-highest-grossing touring show with $140.2 million in sales. Cirque du Soluil’s website explains the differences between Michael Jackson ONE and Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour stating “Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour is a touring show in the style of a rock concert whereas Michael Jackson ONE is a theatrical evocation of Michael’s creative genius through four characters who set out on a transformative adventure. The common element to both productions is Michael Jackson’s music, but the two shows are very distinctive in their signature.”
The second most popular Cirque du Soleil show based on price is O, which premiered on October 15,1998. After more than 6,000 performances under its residency, O remains one of the most popular shows in Las Vegas. The aquatic themed show takes place in and around a 1.5 million gallon pool in which a variety of acts including high dive, synchronized swimming, and fire dancing take place. “Man on Fire” from O at The Bellagio is Crave Online’s second top moment of all Cirque du Soleil shows. “The performers resemble brightly-colored dolphins, a Magritte painting, fanciful visions of Renaissance Venice or an old Esther Williams musical,” notes About.com guide Betsy Malloy. It is the setting that makes this show unique to the others.
Ticket prices for the Cirque du Soleil show Zarkana are averaging just over $200 and come in as the third most expensive show of the group. Zarkana began as a touring show; before its Vegas premiere at Aria Resort and Casino, Zarkana had runs at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the Madrid Arena in Spain and the Kremlin State Palace Theatre in Moscow. The set is unique in that it is constantly moving allowing the acrobats to shine. The special effects make for a stunning visual; images are projected onto LED screens to create illusions of scenery like fire and snakes. In an article written November 1, 2012, Zarkana was the biggest of Cirque du Soleil’s productions to date.
Discover the combination of creative genius, daring acrobatics, wild sets and incorporation of music behind the famous circus shows. Cirque du Soleil shows off the Las Vegas strip are cheaper than those in Sin City.
|Top Cirque du Soleil Shows||Avg. Price|
|Cirque du Soleil-Michael Jackson One||$259.70|
|Cirque du Soleil-O||$226.01|
|Cirque du Soleil-Zarkana||$207.34|
|Cirque du Soleil-Love||$204.51|
|Cirque du Soleil-La Nouba||$190.48|
|Criss Angel Believe||$188.97|
|Cirque du Soleil-Ka||$188.51|
|Cirque du Soleil-Zumanity||$170.91|
|Cirque du Soleil-Mystere||$167.82|
|Cirque du Soleil-Totem||$151.93|
|Cirque du Soleil-Quidam||$90.85|
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