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Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Nevada, United States, North America: How's that for killer abs? The Cirque du Soleil show, Mystère, at Treasure Island
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 792 7777
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The phenomenally successful Montreal circus troupe has come a long way since its early days here with Mystère and O. Those shows—with their strange costumes, otherworldly music, and astonishing acrobatics—are still running strong (at Treasure Island and Bellagio, respectively), but the group broke new ground in 2003 with Zumanity at New York–New York (702-740-6815). Sexy performers with perfect physiques flirt their way through contortion, acrobatic, musical, and comedy acts. It's an erotic show, and not recommended for the easily offended. (On the contrary, couples can request seats on somewhat private red-velvet sofas.) For death-defying theatrics, , at MGM Grand, utilizes a stage that rises 70 feet into the air and rotates almost perpendicular to the floor, leaving the performers to struggle (well, it looks like a struggle) to stay on. With its pyrotechnics, heart-pounding music, and adrenaline rush, it attracts the widest audience (800-929-1111). Love, at the Mirage, sets imaginary scenes to Beatles tracks recorded during the legendary Abbey Road sessions. Beatles fans will go mad, but even younger nonfans may find themselves jumping around in their seats (702-792-7777). Magician Criss Angel's Believe, at the Luxor, which calls to mind a sort of Alice in Wonderland, has been a smashing success (702-262-4400). But Cirque's Viva Elvis, at Aria Resort, has yet to work out the kinks. The set design itself is vastly under par compared with other Cirque productions, and the performers seemed ho-hum about the unimaginative acrobatics. But a live band performs to remastered Elvis recordings during the show, making it feel like Elvis, indeed, has not left the building (877-253-5847).—updated by David Tyda

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