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Évolution & Visuals

Milestone Date
Name Registered 02/28/2003
Lion's Den 08/14/2003
Original Previews Date 07/31/2003
Actual Previews Date 08/14/2003
Media Gala 09/20/2003
500th Show 08/30/2004
1,000th Show 09/12/2005
2,000th Show 10/20/2007
3,000th Show 12/xx/2009
4,000th Show xx/xx/2011
6,500th Show 05/23/2017
 
In 1993, Cirque du Soleil planted what it called a “Flower in the Desert” with Mystère and watched its newly-formed garden bloom when it launched “O” in 1998 to enormous success. When their partner – Mirage Resorts – merged with MGM Grand in May 2000 and their Mirage, Treasure Island, and Bellagio resorts joined with MGM Grand Inc.’s New York-New York and MGM Grand, speculation ran rampant that Cirque du Soleil would extend its resident show empire in Las Vegas to the showrooms in these casino-hotels. When and where, however, was a mystery, but by March 2002 those rumors became a little more persistent. Cirque fans considered that Mystère might fold at Treasure Island and another Cirque show – Alegría – would take its place, but other gossip suggested that Mystère would be staying indefinitely and a third, different show would make an appearance on the Las Vegas Strip. During March 2002 the Las Vegas Review-Journal suggested the second option was the more plausible possibility and reported that the management of the New York-New York casino-hotel had been actively courting Cirque du Soleil founder and President Guy Laliberté to set up something at their property.


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Four Flowers, One Desert

    Indeed, in an article published December 4, 2001, Alan Feldman (Vice President of Public Affairs for MGM Mirage) confirmed that the New York-New York casino hotel would be the number one choice for the next Cirque show on the Las Vegas Strip. But where would it go? According to the article Cirque could set up a big top on property (think Nouvelle Experience in 1993 at The Mirage) until a suitable theater could be built for the show. Or, a show might move in to the Broadway Theater, which was then occupied by “Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance.” Options were open and all bets were on the table. Would it happen?

    Speculation regarding a new Las Vegas production would not abate. In fact when Cirque posted a casting call the following month (April 2002) for “a new project”, it only stoked the rumor mill’s fire. In their words, "Cirque du Soleil is now developing a new form of Cabaret-style show" and they were looking for a variety of talents to help bring this project into reality. They wanted artists that "wish to perform in a provocative, sensual, exotic and cutting-edge environment." The only thing that Cirque du Soleil would say regarding where this new show would be was that it would be “staged at a permanent venue within the North American continent” but fell short of suggesting it would be in Las Vegas... so the rumor mill kept turning.

    By June 2002 rumors flooded the fandom that Las Vegas would not receive just one new show, but possibly two! And then in July 2002 Cirque du Soleil made an announcement...

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