On the Scene with Brock Radke: 'Mystère,' Jeff Civillico and more
Still stunning after an unbelievable 25 years on the Strip, Mystère maintains its masterpiece status at Treasure Island. Whether you’ve seen the Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas multiple times or it’s your first time exploring this colorful, chaotic world, astonishment is the only guarantee. Some scenes focus your attention on a singular act of theatrical power, like the awe-inspiring “Power of Two,” while others create a mystical landscape of motion, as is the case when the “Double Faces” descend to perform with other acrobats, including the mischievous Yellow Bird, on the Chinese poles. If it is your first time, it won’t be your last. Mystère is performed at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday.
Must-See: Jeff Civillico
Jeff Civillico is all over the place, constantly traveling to perform as a comedian and juggler as well as a TV host and keynote speaker, not to mention his work as the founder and chairman of Win-Win Entertainment, a nonprofit organization that arranges opportunities for entertainers to perform for youth in need. But he’s always on the Strip for his Wednesday night show Comedy in Action at Paris Las Vegas, a family-friendly romp that’s always spontaneous and smile-inducing. There’s a reason he’s been a Vegas headliner since 2012, and Civillico just signed on for two more years at Paris. Find him this week, and every week, in the Anthony Cools Showroom for a fresh dose of fun performing arts.
Around the Strip
Get ready for The Xperience. Christina Aguilera is the newest headliner on the Las Vegas Strip and her residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood—16 dates so far—opens on May 31. “The Xperience is going to be my most ambitious show yet,” Aguilera said. “For years I have been collecting ideas and concepts that have yet to be implemented on my stages, and Las Vegas is the perfect opportunity for me to collectively showcase my artistry.”
Current queen of hip-hop Cardi B got a head start on her Vegas residency—recently announced for the upcoming KAOS nightclub and dayclub complex at the Palms—when she took the stage at the Joint at Hard Rock clad in blue lingerie to cap off the 2019 AVN Awards.
Lady Gaga gave the world a possible preview of the Academy Awards when she pulled A Star Is Born co-star Bradley Cooper onstage at the Park Theater for their first-ever live performance of the film’s smash single “Shallow.” Yes, of course, the crowd went wild. Rumor has it the duo will repeat the duet at the Academy Awards on Feb. 24, where “Shallow” is up for Best Original Song, A Star Is Born is up for Best Picture and Gaga is up for Best Actress.
It’s already been a big year for Human Nature. The beloved Australian pop group recently signed on for three more years of hit show Jukebox in the Sands Showroom at The Venetian, and the foursome was recently awarded with the Medal of the Order of Australia for their service to the performing arts.
Brock Radke is an award-winning entertainment reporter who has been covering the city since 2000, and interviews key movers and shakers on his All The Vegas podcast, available at allthevegas.com