Zumanity Las Vegas

The Two Sides of Cirque du Soleil

So as you know, Kyle & I headed off for a mommy/daddy vacation last week to Las Vegas. We had a really great time. We came back just as tired as you should when you go to Las Vegas. That whole idea of sleeping in late thanks to black out shades… yeah.. didn’t happen. My mommy clock and brain wouldn’t leave me alone, even if we didn’t go to bed until 3am… still up at 7am.. ughhh! But it was alright. It is so exciting and fun to be in Las Vegas I think you run on a little bit extra adrenaline the whole time you are there, and then crash once you get home!

We did a lot, saw a lot and ate a lot over the 3 days we were there. I figured I would break it up into a few different posts. First topic – shows. We went to 2 different shows while in Las Vegas. I had seen the Blue Man Group before and Spam-a-lot on a prior work trip to Vegas, so this time we thought we would do more Vegas inspired shows! So we ended up at Zumanity and Mystère; both part of the Cirque du Soleil series.


Zumanity Las VegasZumanity is performed at the New York, New York Hotel & Casino and is tagged as the “Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil” or even the OTHER side of Cirque du Soleil! It pretty much encompasses everything you would imaging in a Las Vegas show. Bright lights, loud music, risqué dancers, acrobatics, provocative topics, comedy and embarrassing moments! It is the complete opposite of what you may think of a Cirque du Soleil show. It is not a family oriented show, as it is intended for 18+. It explores all sides of human sexuality with a fun twist! It also is the most intimate/small Cirque theatre and has a lot of audience participation.

We sat 5 rows from the front – I would recommend getting as close to the front as possible, BUT NOT THE FRONT ROW (if you are easily embarrassed — I’ll just leave it at that!)

We had an added bonus as well, we were able to go backstage after the show and see how  it all comes together. One of Kyle’s good friends from his childhood has been working for Cirque du Soleil for quite some time now, so we were able to meet up with him and get the inside scoop! It was great to meet an old friend of Kyle’s and get to hear some fun stories!


Mystere Las VegasMystère is performed at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino and is a much more original, and I imagine, traditional, Cirque du Soleil show. I honestly can’t tell you exactly what the storyline is. It is very circus like, with extreme acrobatics, circus acts, comedy, music and little audience participation. I will say, we opted to buy the “cheap seats” for this show as it was a last-minute decision, and they were great seats! If you sit too close to the stage, you will be looking up the whole time at the air acts, so sitting a little higher lets you look down on it all. I would sit up in the middle back section again without a thought otherwise.

We did enjoy this show, although it was a little less exciting, especially on your last night when you are already a little over-tired. I found Zumanity to be more entertaining. It is amazing though, the things that these acrobats can do… they had my heart pounding a few times, especially during the aerial high bars act — holy cow, how did they not fall and miss their bars?

I would love to see more Cirque shows when going back to Vegas. Top on my list would be the Beatles’ Love show, as well as Zarkana and their new (in the making) Michael Jackson show! Next time…Next time!

What is your favorite Cirque show? Have you seen either of these — thoughts?

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  1. Meredith

    We saw Mystere when we were there for our honeymoon and we loved it. We had 3rd row seats and yes our necks hurt a little at certain parts but wasn’t so bad. It was cool being so close though and seeing the stages change and the facial expressions on the actors. My cousin has worked for Cirque for many years and we’ve seen a lot of different shows all over (in Vegas, Baltimore, NYC, etc). Mystere and Wintuk are probably two of my favorites but all the ones we’ve seen have been excellent. At the top of my must see list is “O”. I hear that one is awesome!


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