Two standards of Las Vegas entertainment have scheduled return dates. Cirque du Soleil’s LOVE, based around the music of The Beatles, and Michael Jackson ONE have late August dates on the calendar after being shuttered since last March.
Michael Jackson ONE will return to Mandalay Bay on August 19, while LOVE returns to The Mirage one week later on August 26. Two other Cirque du Soleil shows — Mystere at Treasure Island and O at the Bellagio — returned last week.
In addition, the Blue Man Group, which became part of the Cirque du Soleil family in 2017, has resumed shows at The Luxor. The openings leave KA at the MGM Grand as the only Cirque du Soleil show without a return date. Zumanity, the adults-only production that ran at New York-New York for more than a decade, is not returning to The Strip.
The return of LOVE and Michael Jackson ONE is good news for nostalgic fans of two of the biggest recording artists in history. Both shows incorporate dance, acrobatics, and stunning visuals into a nearly 2-hour show set to the music of the artists.
“Today, we all stand together to celebrate our industry coming back to life,” Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, said in announcing the shows’ returns. “Let’s flood social platforms with messages of hope, strength, and perseverance. We encourage you to join us and add your voice to support your favorite artists, venues, friends, and families working in the live entertainment industry.”
Cirque du Soleil has adopted the theme of “intermission is over” to mark the return of its shows. It is using the hashtag #IntermissionIsOver to promote not only its own shows, but live entertainment in general.
“Now is a time to celebrate the resilience of our industry and the return of live entertainment performances,” Lamarre said.
The return of LOVE will be a special moment for Las Vegas. The show opened in 2006 with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and the wives of the late John Lennon and George Harrison in attendance, as well as longtime producer George Martin.
The show has been performed more than 7,500 times and drawn over 10 million spectators over the years. More than 65 performers take part in the show held in a specially built theater featuring 360-degree seating.
Performers wander on and off the stage from various locations and a loose story is told through the band’s music. Sgt. Pepper, Lady Madonna, Mr. Kite, and Eleanor Rigby are among those who wander through the show.
Michael Jackson ONE is a more traditional show and stage, with his music staged with performances with a Cirque du Soleil touch. The show’s return coincides with what would have been his 63rd birthday on August 29, and special events will take place at the hotel and theater that weekend.