NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- With so many options when it comes to Las Vegas nightlife, different shows are always fading in and out of prominence. Rarely does any show represent the sort of widespread appeal that enables it to become a timeless Vegas institution. Cirque du Soleil, however, is one such production that has that unique appeal in droves.
On the edge of bankruptcy in the mid to late 1980s, Cirque du Soleil has grown to become the world's largest theatrical production company in the world. Much of Cirque du Soleil's popularity is attributed to its modern, worldly take on performance acrobatics, and extremely strong foothold in Las Vegas to the point where it is now synonymous with Vegas entertainment.
The company now produces 19 different shows, and each show is a synthesis of circus styles from around the world with its own central theme and storyline. Six of these shows are currently in residency in Las Vegas and are some of the most popular Vegas show tickets. Although they all fall under the Cirque du Soleil company umbrella, they are all very different shows that create for entirely unique experiences.
Currently, Beatles: Love is the show most in demand on the secondary market, with an average price of $216.92. As its name would imply, the show takes intense Cirque du Soleil acrobatics and choreographs them to original Beatles recordings. Love has been in residency at The Mirage since 2006. Following just behind with an average secondary market ticket price of $202.70 is Cirque du Soleil's newest addition to Vegas, Zarkana. In residency at Aria since 2011, Zarkana takes a magician who has lost the love of his life and all confidence in his magical powers, and plunges him in a surrealist world inhabited by strange creatures as he looks to regain what he has lost. Although this may sound similar to some of the places John Lennon ventured to, Zarkana is obviously a very different show from Love.
As Zarkana reveals, the set of any given Cirque du Soleil production is often a central defining feature of the show. This is perhaps most true when it comes to O, currently in residency at the Bellagio. O is a water-themed production that takes place in, around, and above a 1.5 million gallon pool of water in the O Theatre.
With an array of dives from as much as 60 feet in the air, many of the performers in O are former Olympic aquatic athletes that have been wowing audiences since 1998. Despite being the second longest running Cirque du Soleil residency in Vegas, O still maintains an average secondary market ticket price of $201.40, well among the highest-priced shows.
The lowest-priced Cirque du Soleil tickets in Vegas is for a show that's the most Vegas-y of the bunch. That would be the adult-themed Zumanity. Centered on exploration of human sexuality, Zumanity consists of erotic dance, song and acrobatics, and is a departure from the standard Cirque du Soleil format intended for mature audiences only. Tickets for Zumanity are currently listed for an average of $154.06 on the secondary market.With six permanent Las Vegas shows playing for over 9,000 people a night, Cirque du Soleil performances are enjoyed by over 5% of the city's visitors each day. With such diverse appeal, the productions are sure to remain an attraction and Vegas institution for many years to come.
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