The circus is back in town! Cirque du Soleil prepares for a big comeback on the Las Vegas stage, hoping to bring the Strip back to its pre-COVID glory. The entertainment group announced last week that its first resident productions would return. Mystére, originally opened in 1993, will come alive on June 28 this year at Treasure Island. On the other hand, O, which first arrived in 1998, will reopen on July 1 at Bellagio.
In a statement, Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, said, “This is the moment we have all been waiting for. Almost 400 days have passed since we had to take a temporary hiatus, and we have been anxiously awaiting our return on stage. I am so proud of the resilience of our artists and employees who persevered during the most challenging times with stages dark around the world for so long. I just can’t wait to see the lights go back on.”
Other Las Vegas shows have not announced their return yet as most casinos, theaters, and arenas have not yet reopened their doors because of pandemic restrictions and protocols. But things are about to take a different turn with Clark County’s newly proposed safety plan. Once it is approved, the state’s capability limits and social distancing requirements will change, making Cirque du Soleil’s comeback in the Strip definite. Investors are also confident about the comeback’s success. Despite Cirque du Soleil generating zero revenue for more than a year, Lamarre and his team proudly announced how warm and excited fans have become with the announcement.
Cirque du Soleil has performed in over 90 countries across the globe, leaving over 365 million spectators in awe of their well-thought and flawless productions, since its beginnings in 1984. But the pandemic urged the group and its talented performers to cancel shows temporarily. With pandemic restrictions slowly easing and the ongoing vaccine roll-out, the company is confident that their one-of-a-kind projects will again bring joy to viewers amid the trying times.
Cirque du Soleil is best known for its seamless execution of breathtaking acrobatics and creative choreography. While the group has been performing their shows for many years, the audience remains enthusiastic to see them come alive on stage, proving that they have stood the test of time. “For us, it is very symbolic, not to mention how emotional it is to open those two shows first. When I made the announcement to our employees, there were a lot of tears. People see the openings of ‘Mystére’ and ‘O’ as a clear signal to the world that Cirque du Soleil is back,” Lamarre said.
Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group assures audiences that all employees will be vaccinated before the comeback. The company will also follow COVID-19 safety protocols during training, rehearsals, and the shows themselves. The company aims to welcome over 1,800 viewers for Mystére at Treasure Island and 1,600 viewers for O at Bellagio.
“This is only the beginning. We look forward to sharing more exciting news in the coming weeks,” said Lamarre. The group also plans to hold shows at The Mirage, Mandalay Bay, and MGM Grand later in the year.