Hall of Fame: Cirque du Soleil
Even before Cirque du Soleil launched its first permanent production Mystère at Treasure Island in 1993 and changed the face of Las Vegas entertainment forever, the Montreal-based creative company founded by former street performers Guy LaLiberté and Gilles Ste-Croix made an impact on the Strip with the modern circus “Nouvelle Expérience.” That show had been touring North America for two years before it touched down at the Mirage and offered a wild contrast to the traditional production show dominating casino theaters at the time.
Flash forward nearly three decades and Cirque du Soleil’s stable of seven Strip productions define the current concept of a Las Vegas production show. The company’s inspired innovation and otherworldly approach to creating theater may have become the norm, but Cirque has never stopped taking risks and leading the way when it comes to experimental entertainment. The aquatic spectacular “O” at Bellagio initially defied description when it opened to great fanfare in 1998, and it has sustained as one of the most successful and popular productions in the history of Las Vegas. Cirque’s newest offering, action thriller R.U.N at Luxor, sees the company pushing even further beyond the boundaries of its own standard-setting creativity.
Cirque du Soleil has matured into a global live entertainment empire and everything it can do is on display nightly in Las Vegas.