Cirque du Soleil has confirmed months of rumors and announced plans to unveil a Michael Jackson-based show in 2011 in Las Vegas. Shows, actually—there will be two of them.
The first, a touring arena show, will debut next fall and get “an extended run” in Las Vegas before the permanent Jackson show opens in late 2012.
Assuming none of the existing shows—KÀ, The Beatles Love, O, Mystère, Zumanity, Believe or Viva Elvis—don’t close between now and then, the incoming MJ spectacle will make the eighth resident Cirque show in Las Vegas.
Cirque is keeping tight-lipped about where the show will be housed, among other facts, but its promised “special lifestyle projects, including a nightclub.” Rumors say the show will be at Mandalay Bay.
The new show announcement comes less than a year after Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009.
Michael Jackson’s estate will receive royalties from the projects—but it will also share in half the costs of “creating, developing, building and producing” the shows, too.
The size and scope of the Cirque show will be unprecedented, including larger than life 3-D technology and most likely the largest budget for any Las Vegas show.
What do exotic and erotic Strip show performers do when not strutting their stuff in Las Vegas? Strut some more, of course.
The 96-seat Onyx Theatre in Las Vegas, housed in the back of a sex show in the Commercial Center, is a fitting space for a new show called “The Art of Prostitution “
However, “Prostitution,” created by Wassa Coulibaly, a dancer in Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity,” isn’t just about the physical aspects of the oldest profession.
Coulibaly, raised in a Muslim family in Senegal, says not all prostitution involves sex. She considers “any love relationship that isn’t unconditional love” to be prostitution.
“There’s so many type of prostitutes. Prostitution doesn’t just happen on the street corner, it happens in many forms. When something is repressed, sexuality come outs in a distorted way,” says Coulibaly.
The performers for the show come for a variety of other Strip show, with the play beginning after they Monday shows, usually at 1 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Onyx Theatre, inside The Rack, at 953 E. Sahara Ave., Unit 16. $20 admission. More info: www.onyxtheatre.com
Actress Heather Graham plays a single mom stripper in the new Las Vegas-filmed comedy movie “The Hangover,” which opens today. During a break in filming, Graham went to see the Cirque du Soleil hot and naked “Zumanity” show in Las Vegas with co-star Bradley Cooper and director Todd (“Old School”) Phillips.
Every night, for the finale, cast members toss unsuspecting audience members onstage for a sexless orgy. The night they visited, the Zumanity cast slipped Copper into the orgy, took off his shirt and rubbed him all over, according to Graham.
Cooper was not only unsuspecting, but before the show, Cirque workers assured him, Graham and Phillips they would not be orgy-fied.
“They were like, ‘We’re not gonna take you guys up onstage,’” Graham says. “We were like, ‘Oh good’ – and then they grab Bradley, take his shirt off, and he’s like, ‘Ohhh!’ Really freaking out.”
But it was all apparently in fun as they just laughed the incident off.