Cirque Du Soleil Taking On Elvis Musical
One month after debuting a surreal recreation of the Beatles' musical career, Cirque du Soleil announced plans to open an Elvis Presley-themed show on the Las Vegas Strip.One month after debuting a surreal recreation of the Beatles' musical career, Cirque du Soleil announced plans to open an Elvis Presley-themed show on the Las Vegas Strip.
Known for its extravagant theatrical performances combining live music, dance and acrobatics, the Quebec-based circus troupe has teamed with CKX Inc., and its subsidiary Elvis Presley Enterprises, to create the show.
The show will have a permanent home at MGM Mirage's CityCenter hotel-casino when it opens, scheduled for November 2009, officials said in a statement.
The announcement of the show's location was timed for "Elvis Week" when Elvis fans from around the world flock to Memphis for the anniversary of his death on Aug. 16, 1977.
Presley performed at the Hilton hotel-casino in Las Vegas 837 times from 1969 to 1976. "And you can't really think about Las Vegas without considering Cirque du Soleil," CKX chief executive Robert F.X. Sillerman said.
European and Asian tours also are planned in the next 18 months, as well as an "Elvis Experience" museum opening in 2008. Production schedules and museum sites have not been announced.
CKX, which shares the rights to the name, image and likeness of Elvis Presley with his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, owns the "American Idol" TV show, among other entertainment ventures.
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