Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsViva Elvis
IN THE NEWS

Viva Elvis

FEATURED ARTICLES
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2013 | By Chris Jones
LAS VEGAS - Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino's fake beach and wave pool were the site of the June 30 opening-night party for "Michael Jackson One," the latest Cirque du Soleil creation, designed as an evocation of the music and spirit of the late King of Pop. Cirque is famous for its extravagant parties, which typically go on for hours. But on this occasion, news filtered in that there had been a serious accident just up the Strip at the MGM Grand, at "Ka," one of Cirque's most massive and artful creations.
ARTICLES BY DATE
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2013 | By Chris Jones
LAS VEGAS - Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino's fake beach and wave pool were the site of the June 30 opening-night party for "Michael Jackson One," the latest Cirque du Soleil creation, designed as an evocation of the music and spirit of the late King of Pop. Cirque is famous for its extravagant parties, which typically go on for hours. But on this occasion, news filtered in that there had been a serious accident just up the Strip at the MGM Grand, at "Ka," one of Cirque's most massive and artful creations.
Advertisement
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 2009 | By Reed Johnson
Forget the iconic white jumpsuit, the caricature of gilded celebrity and the gossipy whispers that attended a dispirited legend's final bow. Forget -- heaven help us -- the peanut butter and fried banana sandwiches. That's not what "Viva Elvis," Cirque du Soleil's latest acrobatic-musical extravaganza, is about. Rather, Gilles Ste-Croix and Stéphane Mongeau were saying the other day, it's about evoking an extraordinary man and his shape-shifting times. It's about honoring a musician who unified the once-segregated genres of pop, gospel, country and blues into the mongrel art form known as rock 'n' roll, and ushered American pop culture into the frenetic, youth-centric Atomic Age. It's about celebrating a prodigiously charismatic performer whose insistence on pleasing his audience helped resurrect a culturally moribund desert metropolis founded on sand and mob money.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2009 | By Reed Johnson
Now that Cirque du Soleil is in the process of launching its latest dancing, trampolining extravaganza, "Viva Elvis," at the Aria Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, the Montreal-based company is looking ahead to one of its next opening nights: at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland in 2011. In an interview last week in Las Vegas, Gilles Ste-Croix, Cirque's senior vice president of creative content and new projects development, and Stéphane Mongeau, executive producer of "Viva Elvis," confirmed that Cirque is on track to bring a $100-million Hollywood-themed show to the 3,400-seat theater that hosts the annual Oscars ceremony.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2009 | By Reed Johnson
Now that Cirque du Soleil is in the process of launching its latest dancing, trampolining extravaganza, "Viva Elvis," at the Aria Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, the Montreal-based company is looking ahead to one of its next opening nights: at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland in 2011. In an interview last week in Las Vegas, Gilles Ste-Croix, Cirque's senior vice president of creative content and new projects development, and Stéphane Mongeau, executive producer of "Viva Elvis," confirmed that Cirque is on track to bring a $100-million Hollywood-themed show to the 3,400-seat theater that hosts the annual Oscars ceremony.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2009
Vegas coming: Cirque du Soleil will open a new show in Las Vegas next month called "Viva ELVIS," a tribute to the life and music of Elvis Presley at the Aria Resort & Casino at MGM Mirage's CityCenter complex. -- Vegas going: Bette Midler's "The Showgirl Must Go On" will have its final performance on Jan. 31, ending a run of nearly two years at Caesars Palace. -- On the mend: Elton John left the hospital Thursday after being treated for a serious case of e-coli bacterial infection and influenza, his representative said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2012 | By David Ng
Has Cirque du Soleil flown a little too close to the sun? "Iris," the company's resident show at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, will close much earlier than expected in January due to poor ticket sales, the company said Friday. The movie-themed show is believed to have cost close to $100 million to produce and was one of the company's biggest financial and creative gambles with a plan to run for at least 10 years. "Iris" isn't the company's only high-profile bust. The show joins a list of flops that have tarnished the global Cirque brand in recent years.
NEWS
June 5, 2012
Cirque du Soleil has seven resident shows in Las Vegas and two more imminent. But if you think that sounds like oversaturation, think again. Each of the famously lavish productions, which the Canadian entertainment giant describes as a “dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment,” offers a wonderfully unique experience. “Guy Laliberté, the owner of the company, insists that we never repeat ourselves,” explained James Hadley, senior artistic director for many of Cirque du Soleil's Las Vegas shows.
NEWS
November 14, 2012 | By Jay Jones
A new Cirque du Soleil show has opened at Aria , bringing to seven the number of Cirque shows along the Las Vegas Strip, which could almost be called Cirque City. The new acrobatic extravaganza is called “Zarkana,” and its website describes it as "an acrobatic rock experience that blends circus arts with the surrea l. " If grabbing tickets to the latest “must see” show in Vegas isn't enough, December will bring an opportunity for fans to absorb the magic of a multitude of Cirque productions, plus a by-invitation-only screening of a special film.
TRAVEL
November 29, 2009
The list of creative talent at CityCenter reads like a Who's Who from the worlds of architecture, design, fashion and food. Here's a sampling of some big names associated with the project: JHANE BARNES The fashion designer, whose upscale clothing sells at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, created the uniforms for employees at Aria Resort & Casino. DALE CHIHULY The multimedia artist, who created the ceiling of colorful glass flowers for Bellagio, will have a gallery showcasing his work at Crystals retail center.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 2009 | By Reed Johnson
Forget the iconic white jumpsuit, the caricature of gilded celebrity and the gossipy whispers that attended a dispirited legend's final bow. Forget -- heaven help us -- the peanut butter and fried banana sandwiches. That's not what "Viva Elvis," Cirque du Soleil's latest acrobatic-musical extravaganza, is about. Rather, Gilles Ste-Croix and Stéphane Mongeau were saying the other day, it's about evoking an extraordinary man and his shape-shifting times. It's about honoring a musician who unified the once-segregated genres of pop, gospel, country and blues into the mongrel art form known as rock 'n' roll, and ushered American pop culture into the frenetic, youth-centric Atomic Age. It's about celebrating a prodigiously charismatic performer whose insistence on pleasing his audience helped resurrect a culturally moribund desert metropolis founded on sand and mob money.
TRAVEL
February 14, 2010
A circus fit for the King Montreal meets Memphis as Cirque du Soleil premieres for the public its revamped tribute to Elvis Presley in Las Vegas on Feb. 21. "Viva Elvis," staged at Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter, is a blend of Cirque's famous acrobatics and the King's music. If you're looking for an Elvis impersonator, you'll need to look elsewhere on the Strip; modern remixes of Elvis' hits dominate the production. Ticket prices start at $115, including taxes and fees. Info: www.ticketmaster .com.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
For anyone who has avoided seeing a Cirque du Soleil show for fear that the world-music soundtrack, fantasy costumes and relentless gymnastic performances would lead to eye-gouging and running for the aisles, the new film "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away" will likely confirm all those presuppositions. The movie has a vague storyline, as a young woman pursues a male circus performer and they both wind up in an alternate world, but it is mostly just a pretense to feature set-piece performances from seven separate Cirque shows.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|