Cirque ticket discounts are great, unless you’re a competitor

Cirque ticket discounts are great, unless you’re a competitor

Cirque du Soleil is offering up to 50 percent off ticket prices at its ongoing holiday discount extravaganza.

This is great news for almost all but the shows whose ticket prices are typically 50 percent lower than Cirque’s. By offering these discounts, Cirque is able to intercept potential business from smaller Strip shows that are already in hot ticket competition.

In its next sale, Cirque is offering half-price purchases made between Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday, and discounts of up to 35 percent for purchases made through Thanksgiving and also Tuesday through December 4. .

All of Cirque’s Las Vegas shows are in this sale, starting with the company’s flagship “O,” and including “Mystere,” “Love” and “Ka,” “Michael Jackson One,” and “Mad Apple.” (Blue Man Group, owned by Cirque, is not part of the offer; for more information, visit

For example, in these deals, tickets for the 7 pm show “O” on Saturday start at $123, or $154 after fees. The 50 percent discount would reduce the price per ticket to $77; a 35 percent discount would bring a single ticket down to about $100.

Meanwhile, same-night tickets for the inspired “Zombie Burlesque” at Theater V at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood start at $99. The decision for a ticket buyer is between the wonderful water show or the crazy zombies. I would bet on the wet show.

Other examples abound, where small productions risk being overtaken by Cirque deals. Growers have noticed this facet of the business for years. But the producer of “Zombie” David Saxonywhen asked how the Cirque deals would affect his shows, he simply said, “I guess we’ll find out.”

Saxe added that about a decade ago, he and his collection of small-capacity shows at the Saxe Theater and V Theater were deemed “Public Enemy Number 1” by the Cirque team. That effort has since subsided, but ticket-buying competition remains as lively as ever among Las Vegas production shows.

Adam Steck of SPI Entertainment has long said it’s cause for concern any time Cirque dips into the bottom market. Presents seven combined productions at The Strat Theater and Thunderland Showroom (iconic comedian/magician Mac Kingthunder from below, Banachek“Rouge” and “Illuminate” among them).

Many other shows are in this classification. allan Y Kathi Glist produce the full-length production “Menopause the Musical” at Harrah’s. Matt and Angela Stabile running the “X” adult magazine empire of “X Burlesque” and puff the magic Continue. The Spiegelworld triumvirate of “Absinthe,” “Atomic Saloon Show,” and “Opium” are closer to the Cirque strata than those mentioned, but they, too, will be gearing up for these Cirque discounts.

Most, if not all, of these shows are generally competing for the same ticket-buying audience: people looking for solid entertainment on the Las Vegas Strip at a lower price than what you’d pay for Cirque. But these productions, and their producers, are resilient. This sale is not forever. As they say, it’s only for a limited time.

What works in Vegas

entertainment legend lionel richiewhose career seems only to evolve, has announced return dates at Encore Theater on January 14, 15 and 18. These dates are on sale as Richie has just been lauded again, with the Icon Award at Sunday’s American Music Awards.

smoked robinsonalso a frequent Las Vegas headliner, he presented.

Richie has now won 17 AMAs, a number that roughly matches the standing O’s he gets at his shows.

Carrot Top hits 17

carrot top celebrated its 17th anniversary in Luxor on Tuesday night. The red-haired prop master is becoming a Las Vegas entertainer. Topper will be 60 years old at the end of his current contract with the hotel. While he jokes, he could soon be listed as Cotton Top.

As it is, the comic whose legal name is scott thompson he is the longest-running comedian currently performing on the Strip. He is in action Monday through Sunday at 8 pm in the Atrium Showroom. He’ll be on the lookout for the new watermelon smashing part at the end of the show. It’s worth the wait.

Franc at 2,000

head wizard mat frank continues to shoot at its namesake theater at Linq Hotel. The season nine champion celebrated his 2,000th show on the Strip on Tuesday night.

Franco, 34, is marking the milestone by donating 2,000 meals to Three Square, Southern Nevada’s only food bank and largest hunger relief organization. The wizard will also partner with Three Square on a virtual food drive on New Year’s Eve. Donate and learn more at

in the stream

The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas airs live for the first time, connecting its November 30 performance from Myron’s to the Smith Center. Cost is $20, show starts at 9:30pm (broadcast and in person), visit for info.

cool suspension alert

Live music is playing in The Shag Room at Virgin Hotel from 9pm to 1am on Friday with Carol Lyn Liddle Puffer Y shawn eiferman. Lots of volume, potentially, in that little haven. Very cool reserve. Uncovered. Feel free to tip and enjoy the talent.

John Katsilometes’ column is published daily in section A. His “PodKats!” Podcast can be found at Contact him at To follow @johnnykats On twitter, @johnnykats1 On Instagram.

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