Coming Soon to Vegas: Zarkana

Seth Olenick Abby Tegnelia Karen Rose

Posing with two of my NYC coworkers: Seth and Karen.

I recently got to spend a week in New York City, during which I re-fell in love with that insane town I used to call home. Even though I got to spend time with old friends and a few days with my NYC co-workers, my trip did have an actual reason: to see Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana, which was finishing up a long run at Radio City Music Hall. The reason? The show is gearing up for its permanent home in Las Vegas. I was so excited to see it! The best part: I got to bring two of my full-time Vegas magazine editors, who happen to live in NYC: my photo editor, Seth, and my managing editor, Karen. I couldn’t get through my day without either one of them!

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Cirque du Soleil: Behind the Scenes

On our third (and last) day in wintery Montreal, which we were visiting for the Michael Jackson world premiere. we were in for quite a treat. We were going behind the scenes of Cirque du Soleil at their world-wide headquarters! Cirque performers are encouraged to be creative in all aspects of their lives. The hallways are bursting with paintings and sculptures that employees make on their own time, and visiting all of the workshops was fascinating. Come on — I’ll take you on a tour. You’ve never seen Cirque du Soleil like this! We got to see what makes them tick.

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First taste of winter in Canada

Montreal, Canada, Michael Jackson, Cirque du SoleilWhere do three media types who live in the desert go to for a small shock of winter? Canada of course! Molly Ancell, Melinda Sheckells and I headed to Montreal for the big premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s touring stadium homage, The Immortal. (For more information, including tour dates and the trailer, click here.) Thank goodness we checked the weather before we left — there were low numbers on there we hadn’t seen in a long time. (As I write this back in Vegas, our high today is 93.) We never get to wear winter hats in Vegas, so we were thrilled to don them there. Prior to this trip, I had been to Montreal once — as a teenager, when my mom dragged the family there during spring break. Because nothing says “spring break” like the winter climes of Canada… We were living in Florida at the time, and my brothers were thrilled to see snow. So there you go. It did warm up a bit this trip, but this first day, we were freezing! Winter is here!

Michael Jackson Cirque premiere in Montreal

Montreal, Michael Jackson, Cirque du Soleil

World premiere red carpet for Cirque’s Michael Jackson homage.

Despite having seen all seven of Las Vegas’ Cirque du Soleil shows, all but one of them two or three times, when I headed to wintery Montreal (Cirque headquarters!), I had no idea what to expect. The brand has already put its mark on the legendary Beatles and Elvis Presley, but Michael Jackson? For some reason, this was different. And I was going to see first-hand, at the world premiere of The Immortal, Cirque du Soleil’s stadium tribute to the late, great Michael Jackson. The excitement was building fast! The show was about to embark on a tireless North American tour. Its only prolonged stop? Las Vegas, of course!Twenty-four nights in Sin City, starting December 3. A more theatrical version of the Michael Jackson spectacle will eventually settle in Sin City permanently. I can’t wait!

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