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OFFBEAT: Las Vegas Cirque Week and Beatles 'LOVE' share magic

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2013-11-13T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: Las Vegas Cirque Week and Beatles 'LOVE' share magicBy Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com, (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

This was a perfect week to visit Las Vegas while covering the 46th annual Pillsbury Bake-Off. Cirque du Soleil is presenting the Fourth annual Cirque Week, providing Cirque enthusiasts a backstage pass into all eight Las Vegas resident shows now through Saturday. Guests have a great chance to journey "beyond the curtain" for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the music, mystical characters and state-of-the art technology that have made Cirque du Soleil a Las Vegas icon.

Over the eight days, each resident show is opening its magical doors to a series of events available for purchase through customized packages. These exclusive events will allow fans to witness the secrets of Cirque du Soleil productions with experiences such as an up-close look at "Zumanity's" custom-designed costumes by famed designer Thierry Mugler at New York-New York Hotel and Casino, a live fire demonstration from the inferno acts of "O" at Bellagio Hotel and Casino and the opportunity to learn the King of Pop's iconic choreography from Cirque's latest production "Michael Jackson ONE," which I caught and marveled at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino when I was last in Las Vegas in September with my parents for their 60th wedding anniversary.

Exclusive ticket packages and behind-the-scenes events range from $100 for a two-show package to $585 which includes tickets to all eight Cirque du Soleil productions in Las Vegas. FYI: (866) 998-4831 or cirquedusoleil.com

At the new Aria Hotel and Casino where I stayed earlier this week and where the Pillsbury Bake-Off was held, the hot Cirque show based in the property's theater is "Zarkana." For Cirque Week, the cast and crew of the visually modern acrobatic spectacular "Zarkana" are putting on their teaching caps to give attendees a hands-on class in some of the essential parts of the show, both on stage and off, calling it "Zaranka University," and offering courses in rigging, clowning, wardrobe, music, juggling/body percussion.

"Mystère" at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino ranks as Cirque du Soleil's longest-running Las Vegas production, a staple of the famed Strip of Sin City for the last two decades.

On Saturday, I caught "The Beatles LOVE" Cirque show at Mirage Hotel and Casino and was dazzled by the 90-minutes of favorite music of the Fab Four paired with favorite and fresh and new feats from artistic entertainers of Cirque du Soleil. In February 2014, it marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles arrival in America and their iconic appearance on Ed Sullivan's popular TV variety show.

John, Paul, George and Ringo as The Beatles changed the world and music and "LOVE" is Cirque du Soleil's masterful and magical interpretation of their legacy.

Beyond tribute, this is a physical manifestation of their music and lyrics. Using the master tapes from Abbey Road Studios, Sir George Martin and his son Giles created the three-time Grammy-winning soundtrack. These songs, so well-known and yet reinvented, are brought to electric, exuberant life by some of the best aerialists, acrobats and dancers in the world. Tickets range from $79 to $180. FYI: (702) 792-7777 or mirage.com.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at philip.potempa@nwi.com or (219) 852-4327.

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