Review: Viva ELVIS at Aria, Las Vegas

Robert September 18, 2011 0
Review: Viva ELVIS at Aria, Las Vegas
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is a live show performed by Cirque du Soleil at Aria Resort and Casino.  The show combines the amazing acrobatic artistry of the Cirque with the legendary music of Elvis Presley with his life story as the connecting tissue.  Key events in Elvis’ life are told via interpretive dance and acrobatics, with narration from recordings of Elvis and an actor playing Colonel Tom Parker, while his songs play.  All of the songs have been remastered, beautifully, to feel modern and dynamic.  Elvis’ vocals remain untouched, though.  For some songs, additional singers perform on the stage.

It appears that the show will be undergoing changes.  This article, in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, says that the plan is to strip the bio-story from the show because “the bio expression of Elvis is not necessarily appealing to our demographic, the type of demographics we’d like to have, so let’s look at it a different way. Make it a Cirque du Soleil spectacular featuring Elvis as a singer.”  That is disappointing to hear.  The show will have an extended hiatus in January to make the changes.

Even if you can’t make it to see the show, I recommend getting the album to hear some (but not all) of the songs from the show.

To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit the official site, here.

Note: Photography is prohibited during the performance, so most of these pictures come from official PR releases for the show.

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