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Viva Elvis


The Music


Blue Suede Shoes
Don't Be Cruel
One Night w/You
All Shook Up
Got a Lot of Livin
Heartbreak Hotel
Love Me Tender
Return to Sender
You Lonesome?
Western Scene
Burning Love
Bossa Nova
King Creole
Jailhouse Rock
It's Now or Never
Can't Help Falling
Love Me/Don't
Viva Las Vegas
Suspicious Minds
Hound Dog




Évolution & Visuals

Milestone Date Time
Concept Announced 8/21/2006 n/a
Name Registered 5/26/2009 n/a
Show Unveiled 12/15/2009 n/a
Previews Begin 12/18/2009 7:00pm
Gala (Planned) 1/8/2010 7:00pm
Gala (Held) 2/19/2010 7:00pm
Changes Come 8/10/2010 n/a
Asked to Close 11/24/2011 n/a
Final Show 8/18/2012 9:30pm
On November 24, 2011, shocking news from the Las Vegas Sun reverberated throughout the Cirque du Soleil community: Citing poor ticket sales, MGM Resorts International was exercising a clause in its contract deal and asked Cirque du Soleil to replace Viva Elvis at CityCenter by the end of 2012. “As attendance levels have not been meeting expectations, we have asked our partners at Cirque du Soleil to replace the show,” a company statement said. “We will work closely with Cirque as we explore future entertainment options.” This was the first time that Cirque du Soleil, which has come to dominate the big-production showrooms on the Strip, had been asked to shutter a show since arriving in Las Vegas in 1993 with “Mystere” at Treasure Island. But it would not be the only show the company had been asked to close. Like with ZAIA in Macao, there is no denying that Viva Elvis had a tumultuous time on the Strip, but there was hope amongst some circles that the show could survive its difficulties, especially in the light of some thematical changes that were being implemented around the same time the call to replace the show was announced, and muster on. The announcement by MGM Resorts International all but squashed those hopes and on August 18, 2012 Viva Elvis had its final curtain call.

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Viva Las Vegas!

    In May 2006, about the same time rumors were floated about Cirque creating what ultimately became ZAIA, and amongst the buzz regarding the Cirque du Soleil/Beatles mash-up (which became LOVE at The Mirage), Cirque du Soleil announced that it had entered into an exclusive arrangement with CKX Inc., owner of the rights to the name, image and likeness of Elvis Presley, for the creation, development, production and promotion of “Elvis Presley Projects” throughout the world:

      These Projects, expected to debut beginning in 2008, will consist of touring and permanent shows that will be produced by Cirque and incorporate the name, image, likeness and music of Elvis Presley. They will also consist of multimedia interactive entertainment “Elvis Experiences” that incorporate the music, memorabilia, audiovisual works, and the life and times of Elvis.

      Cirque and CKX have agreed to open at least one touring show in Europe and/or Asia and one “Elvis Experience” outside of the United States by 2008. Beginning in 2009, at least one Elvis Presley Project will be opened in each of the next six years. Beginning in 2014, at least one Elvis Presley Project will be opened every two years during the next eight years, through 2021.

      These projects are in line with Cirque’s new business strategy of diversifying our artistic content through different live productions in order to reach out to as many people as possible throughout the world. Cirque and CKX will each own 50 percent of each Elvis Presley Project, sharing equally in the costs of creating, developing, building and producing each project and in the profits from each Project. CKX will also receive royalty payments on various aspects of its intellectual property used in the Elvis Presley Projects.

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