Replacing the underperforming but crowd-pleasing Elvis-themed show that played here at Aria Las Vegas with this more generic production may have made good business sense for Cirque du Soleil, but it is disappointing to loyalists looking for something fresh and new from the group. Perhaps that’s why it was revamped in 2014, stripping out the nonsensical rock opera trappings and adding in a few new acts like twin brothers doing a dramatic aerial pas de deux. Did it make it better? Yes, definitely, but it still falls toward the bottom of the must-see rankings for Cirque shows in Las Vegas. There are a few noteworthy acts including a dramatic contemporary dancer performing a solo enhanced by light and shadow, but most of the production feels like it has been borrowed from other shows (acrobatics, high-wire, and trapeze acts). If you can only see one Cirque show in Vegas, there are better options. Shows are held Friday through Tuesday at 7 and 9:30pm.
- Rick Garman