Issue #220 JUL 2023

Welcome to the latest edition of Fascination, the Unofficial Cirque du Soleil Newsletter.


Las Vegas is feeling the love a little while longer. Cirque du Soleil is expanding its production “The Beatles LOVE” at the Mirage Hotel & Casino through at least 2024. According to a news release, the show will continue in partnership with Hard Rock International, which purchased The Mirage last year. “The Beatles LOVE is a musical masterpiece and raised the bar for live production shows in Las Vegas,” said Eric Grilly, President of the Resident Show Division for Cirque du Soleil. “We’re excited this extension gives our show the opportunity to reach even more audiences, and we thank our hard-working cast and crew for making dreams come to life.”


Cirque du Soleil will return to London with a revival of Alegría in 2024 at the Royal Albert Hall. The internationally acclaimed production will run from 11 January to 11 February 2024 to celebrate its 30th anniversary and to mark the European premiere for the revival. “It is only right that the Royal Albert Hall gets the European Premiere of the revival of Alegría for a new generation to fall in love with its magic in a venue that has greatly contributed to its success.” Mike Newquist, President of the Cirque de Soleil Entertainment Group, said in a statement. First premiering in 1994, Alegría performed to over 14 million people in 40 countries until the end of its 19-year world tour in 2013. The original production had five successful runs in London, including at the Royal Albert Hall four times, making the capital the city Alegria has visited most in the world.


A Cirque performing artist was injured on Wednesday, June 28th, during a performance of “O” at the Bellagio, a spokesperson confirmed. According to a statement, the artist was part of the Barge act and was injured diving off the floating barge platform during the 9:30 performance. “In accordance with our emergency response protocols, we stopped the show to allow the emergency intervention team of ‘O’ to safely bring the artist backstage where they were immediately taken in good care by the medical team,” Ann Paladie, a spokesperson for Cirque du Soleil said. The artist will continue to be monitored by the “O” medical and coaching teams to determine when they may return to their activities.


On the evening of July 7th, BAZZAR celebrated it’s 500th performance in Buenos Aires, Brazil. Congratulations! BAZZAR will soon be in the United States for a few turns; check out our ITINERAIRE section for when and where!

So, let’s get into it!