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New Cirque set for MGM

Sep 21, 2004 2:21 AM

Each time Cirque du Soleil reveals a show it recreates itself. It goes where productions have never gone before. It’s latest, Ka at the MGM Grand, establishes a new mark. What we saw at a press preview is unprecedented — a mind-boggling experience that takes creativity to the limits.

Unlike previous Cirque shows, there is a story line based on "separated twins who embark on a perilous journey to fulfill their linked destinies." KÀ combines acrobatics, martial arts, puppetry, multimedia and pyrotechnics, bringing to life what you might see on film.

There isn’t a fixed stage but platforms and rigging moving about a cavernous hole in center stage. It’s awesome. Ka is inspired by the ancient Egyptian belief in the "ka," an invisible spiritual duplicate of the body that accompanies every human being throughout this life and into the next world.

The show begins "soft" performances Nov. 26 with an official debut in February. Prices are $99, $125 and $150. If the glimpse is any indication, this is one show that is worth the amount of money as it will be an once-in-a-lifetime experience with every cent of the nearly $200 million cost of the show and theater visable.

In contrast to what took place at the MGM Grand, jackhammers this week began the stripping of what was the Siegfried & Roy Theatre at the Mirage, making way for yet another Cirque experience. The process will take 18 months and the new show will feature the music of the Beatles. It also could begin the countdown of the demise of Cirque’s first show, "Mystere" at TI.

As a one-time hair stylist to the stars, I keep my ear to the sink and have discovered that the latest trend about to hit Las Vegas is feng shui for hair. Feng shui trims are the British rage and are said to channel positive energy and rid the wearer of negativity and sorrow. I plan to be a test scalp!

In case anybody missed me over the weekend, I was back on the boards at Caesars Tahoe as host of "Motown & Oldies Forever." I was darn good! I’ve always been a legend in my own mind, but a sold-out audience discovered that I had talent, albeit, not that much, but I did have them roaring. Beware, we might be heading this way very soon

With his local version of "Forbidden Broadway" bound for the Westin, creator Gerard Allesandrini has been making the rounds of all the shows to gather material to spoof our talent. Just when our weather turns cool, Allesandrini will make things hot.

This week’s People magazine features Siegfried & Roy on the cover as a follow-up to the gut-wrenching Maria Schriver TV special last week. It was so painful watching Roy, though I marvel at his courage and strength. The special did prove that so many of the things said by his manager about Roy regarding his health were not true. Let’s pray that Roy continues to recover.

The local newspaper’s rock reviewer didn’t like the World Music Awards telecast that originated from the Thomas & Mack Center, but in his review it sure wasn’t necessary to take pot shots at our city. If he didn’t like Celine’s plug about her show, maybe he should have considered leaving. Award shows bring stature to our city as well as revenue, though I’m sure the journalist is under-paid. The show itself was a lot of crotch grabbing, lip-synching, diva dueling and bizarre fashion. There were no goodie bags for the winners or presenters like they give out for the Oscars or Emmy, just some fine backstage gourmet fare provided by the absolutely wonderful French restaurant, Lutece.

Celine Dion should be returning to work tomorrow (Wednesday) night following a week of canceled shows due to illness. A full house, including local press invited for a Q & A with Celine following the show, was shocked by a last-minute cancellation last Thursday.