Las Vegas’ original permanent Cirque du Soleil production, Mystere, celebrated bringing its signature mix of energy, athleticism and imagination to the stage for the record-breaking 8,000th time on Monday, October 18 (Photo: © 2007 Richard J. Termine Photography).
Deemed the “flower in the desert” by Guy Laliberte, Founder of Cirque du Soleil, the exhilarating production has been credited with changing the face of Las Vegas entertainment since its premiere on December 25, 1993. This 90-minute production has captivated over 12 million people. The 1,629-seat Mystere Theatre was the first permanent Cirque du Soleil theatre to be custom-built to exact show specifications.
Very few live shows in the world have reached such an important number of performances, audience and longevity. This impressive achievement places Mystere in a very exclusive list of long-running live productions.
“This important milestone for Mystere defines what Cirque du Soleil is all about: creativity, audacity and keeping the dream alive. The flower in the desert has bloomed beautifully and will bloom forever,” commented Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil.
Photo: © 2007 Richard J. Termine Photography.
Mystere, now in its 17th year at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, used Monday’s performances to debut new music by composer Benoit Jutras for the show’s high-energy, high-elevation Highbar act, written especially to commemorate this achievement. A special show introduction was prepared for the occasion.
Mystere fun facts:
- 12.2 million = number of people who have seen Mystere
- 1,456,000 = number of trampoline jumps over 8,000 performances
- 48,000 = number of buckets of popcorn dumped on unsuspecting audience members
- 12,000 = number of hours guitar player Bruce Rickerd has played (perfect attendance record!)
- 300 = number of times the stage has been painted by ONE MEMBER of the Props department
- 22 = miles of bungee cord used in the show
- 1 = number of 25-foot tall snails in the world
Mystere is pure Cirque du Soleil, featuring an exhilarating blend of thrilling acrobatic acts such as Chinese Poles, Hand to Hand balancing, Aerial High Bar and Bungee with powerful music and colorful costumes and sets. Mingling in the mystique is a cast of 75 international artists, whose spectrum of characters include a mischievous Clown, an electrifying Red Bird and one jumbo-sized Baby.
Mystere can be experienced Saturday through Wednesday at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm. Tickets for Mystere are $60, $69, $79, $99 and $109 (plus taxes and fees) and can be purchased on-line at www.cirquedusoleil.com or www.treasureisland.com, by calling 800-392-1999 or 702-8947722, or by visiting the Mystere box office at Treasure Island.