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Viva Elvis by Cirque du Soleil

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Cirque du Soleil

Written and Directed by Vincent Paterson
at ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter

LAS VEGAS - Cirque du Soleil, in partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises, a CKX, Inc company, celebrates Elvis Presley with a harmonious fusion of dance, acrobatics and live music in Viva ELVIS™ at ARIA Resort & Casino™ at CityCenter.

Created in the image of The King of Rock 'n' Roll - powerful, sexy, truly unique and larger than life - the show highlights an American icon who transformed popular music and whose image embodies the freedom, excitement and turbulence of his era.

Since its world premiere on February 19, 2010, Viva ELVIS has been heralded by critics as a sure-fire hit that is here to stay in Las Vegas. TIME Magazine called it ''symphonic and in every way fantastic,'' while the Los Angeles Times said it features ''breathtaking acrobatics'' and ''imaginatively reimagined music.'' The Hollywood Reporter also hailed Viva ELVIS as a ''triumph'' and the Toronto Star affirmed it as nothing short of ''90 minutes of high-powered entertainment.''

Viva ELVIS focuses on the essential humanity of the one superstar whose name will forever be linked with the history of Las Vegas: Elvis Presley. Significant moments in his life - intimate, playful and grandiose - blend with timeless songs that remain as relevant today as when they first hit the top of the charts.

In paying homage to the music of Elvis, Cirque du Soleil set out to present the songs of The King of Rock 'n' Roll in a contemporary form that evokes the spirit of Elvis in every way. Thirty of Elvis' songs are used in the production, with remixes designed to accentuate and boost the emotional charge of his performances. Elvis' voice is the only male singing voice in Viva ELVIS, joined occasionally by live female singers and an energetic live band that has guests dancing in their seats. For the first time in over 30 years, Elvis fans and music-lovers alike are able to hear his voice in its true and fantastic form - live and on stage in Las Vegas.

The nostalgia, modernity and raw emotion provided by Elvis' music is brought to life every night through the international and multi-talented cast. The 75 artists comprised of dancers, musicians, singers, acrobats, lasso artists and an actor, seamlessly channel an exhilarating and youthful tribute to Elvis' life through imaginative '50s and '60s inspired costumes, unique dance numbers, thrilling acrobatics, larger than life sets and heart-pumping live music.

Viva ELVIS is presented in the custom-built Elvis Theater and features a conventional proscenium layout reminiscent of an opera house with a sound system that is amplified by the largest single ring Fiber Optic Audio Transport system in the world. Comprised of approximately 20,000 square feet, the stage, the backstage and wings accommodate the large-scale set elements and the need for speed in changing scenes imposed by the thrilling pace of the show.

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major international organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. Since its founding, Cirque du Soleil has thrilled over 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities on five continents. In Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil has a privileged partnership with MGM MIRAGE to create and present unique and innovative productions. In addition to Viva ELVIS, these productions include Mystère™ at Treasure Island, ''O™'' at Bellagio, Zumanity™ the Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil at New York-New York Hotel & Casino™, KÀ™ at MGM Grand, The Beatles™ LOVE™ and CRISS ANGEL Believe™ at Luxor. For more information, visit the Cirque du Soleil website at www.cirquedusoleil.com/lasvegas.

The creative team of Viva ELVIS:
Artistic Guide Guy Laliberté
Artistic Guide Gilles Ste-Croix
Writer and Director Vincent Paterson
Director of Creation Armand Thomas
Musical Director and Arranger Erich van Tourneau
Set Designer Mark Fisher
Costume Designer Stefano Canulli
Acrobatic performance Designer Daniel Cola
Acrobatic Equipment Guy St-Amour
and Rigging Designer
Co-Lighting Designer marc brickman
Co-Lighting Designer Martin Lebrecque
Image Content Designer Ivan Dudynsky
Sound Designer Jonathan Deans
Choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo Mark Swanhart
Catherine Archambault
Props Designer Patricia Ruel
Makeup Designer Nathalie Gagné

SHOW SCHEDULE:
• Viva ELVIS performs Friday through Tuesday at 7:00pm and 9:30pm.
• There are no performances on Wednesdays or Thursdays.

TO RESERVE TICKETS:
• Call 887.253.5847 or 702.531.2031
• Go to www.cirquedusoleil.com/vivaelvis
• Visit the Viva ELVIS ticket office at ARIA or any of the MGM MIRAGE box offices.

TICKET PRICES:
• $99, $125, $150, $175 (plus tax).
• Tickets are available 120 days in advance of the performance date.

GROUPS:
For group reservations of 12 or more, contact lasvegas.sales@cirquedusoleil.com or visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/groups for more information.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Ann Paladie, Publicist
Phone: 702.590.9103
Email: ann.paladie@cirquedusoleil.com

PLEASE NOTE:
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