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June 2014

From over-the-top shows to rock star chefs, Vegas engages the senses

by Jeff Heilman

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In May 1964, the Beatles played live at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Today, The Beatles LOVE is one of Cirque du Soleil’s eight-plus permanent shows in this perpetually entertaining city.

Entertainment Value

Premiering 50 years ago this August, the Elvis Presley-Ann Margret classic Viva Las Vegas! Perfectly reflects the city’s neon-lit exuberance. Like the movie’s song Today, Tomorrow and Forever, the heartbeat continues on, in increasingly spectacular ways.

Debuting Nouvelle Experience at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in 1992, global phenomenon Cirque du Soleil is now a Las Vegas cultural landmark.

“As the world’s premiere live entertainment experience, a Cirque du Soleil show is the perfect activity for Las Vegas groups,” says Matthew Boone, director of tourism and international travel for Cirque du Soleil’s resident shows division. “Accommodating almost any size group, our eight-plus unique productions run seven nights a week. Each of our theaters is designed to captivate your imagination the moment you walk in.”

From the iconic music of The Beatles LOVE to the spectacular acrobatics of Zarkana, shows are available to fit any taste, according to Boone, complete with group pricing and custom packages.

Thrilling audiences each night at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino with its interactive, wildly inventive fusion of music, art and technology is the long-running Blue Man Group.

“Like planners themselves, the Blue Man Group is always coming up with new ways to captivate visitors to Las Vegas,” says Gina Payton, director of sales and marketing for Blue Man Group Las Vegas. “Whether for business or pleasure, Blue Man Group’s unique and customizable production is a perfect fit for corporate meetings or groups looking to motivate, boost morale or celebrate.”

Unique features and add-ons are also available for groups, including VIP meet-and-greets, custom merchandise and sound check experiences.

Epicurean Excellence

With dining concepts stretching across North America, Michael Mina, award-winning, Michelin-starred chef and founder of the Mina Group, is a prime mover of the Las Vegas culinary scene.

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