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Elvis, Vegas and the Aria

Wed Oct 21, 2009 10:21 pm

For those of you who don't know too much about the soon-to-open Aria resort at City Center in Las Vegas, the nation's largest financial entertainment complex development ever in North America, and where the Viva Elvis show presented by Cirque Du Soleil will take place, here's some interesting facts and information about this amazing palace.

Facts & Information:
*Grand Opening is set as December 16, 2009.
*The overall cost to build the Aria was $6 Billion. (City center as a whole cost $15 billion)
*The Aria is a 61-story resort made of steel and glass.
*The Aria is a 4,004-room resort with 568 guest suites. All rooms are sold out for it's grand opening week.
*The Aria has three primary pools with 50 cabanas, including one European-style pool.
*16 restaurants and 10 bars and lounges, including a nightclub.
*80,000-square-foot, two-level spa and salon with 62 individual spa treatment rooms; 55 salon stations.
*Full-service salon, barbershop, deluxe fitness room, group exercise studio, meditation and relaxation rooms, separate men's and women's spa with eucalyptus steam rooms and red wood saunas.
*1,800-seat theater that includes the celebration of the timeless musical legacy of Elvis Presley from Cirque du Soleil. The show is reportedly titled 'Viva Elvis'.
*The show is slated for a permanent two-year running with two shows a night, Wednesday to Sunday weekly. Mondays and Tuesdays are off days.
*The 'Elvis Theater' cost over $100 million to build and features the highest technology of lighting of any Cirque theater in Vegas to date. (more information on the theater to come)

Aria Resort at City Center
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Elvis Theater at the Aria.
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Re: Elvis, Vegas and the Aria

Thu Oct 22, 2009 12:13 am

Here's some more info. Le Cirque's Siro Maccioni will open a restaurant called Sirio in the Aria Hotel. He recently told The NYT, "My sons insisted we call it Sirio to be strictly Italian in food and style." The 150-seat restaurant cost $25 million to build.

Re: Elvis, Vegas and the Aria

Thu Oct 22, 2009 10:24 am

elvisallc wrote:Here's some more info. Le Cirque's Siro Maccioni will open a restaurant called Sirio in the Aria Hotel. He recently told The NYT, "My sons insisted we call it Sirio to be strictly Italian in food and style." The 150-seat restaurant cost $25 million to build.

25 million to build a 150 seat restaraunt ?????????someone is having a laugh

Re: Elvis, Vegas and the Aria

Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:03 am

Here's a great video presentation of the creation of City Center. This place is gonna be the new sparkle to the Vegas strip and Elvis will be it's brightest star shining.

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They used Elvis' ALLC as their theme song for promotion.

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Re: Elvis, Vegas and the Aria

Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:14 am

Thanks for the updates.

Your time and effort are greatly appreciated.

Again, much thanks.

Re: Elvis, Vegas and the Aria

Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:10 pm

Here's an interview with the director (who also choreographed tours with MJ and Madonna) about how they chose certain songs for the show. It's the one at the bottom of the page with Elvis at the piano. It looks like they stuck with the well known songs instead of lessern known as they mention it.

http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/ ... ideos.aspx

Like Brian said before, it is extremely hard for anyone without access to the rehersals or permission to be on the grounds of the theater to get any info on the show leaked out. There's no word yet if there will be a permanent Elvis-themed hi-tech museum or exhibit of some kind to acompany the show even. Very, very tight lipped.

Re: Elvis, Vegas and the Aria

Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:28 pm

Again, much Thanks for the updates. :)

Re: Elvis, Vegas and the Aria

Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:31 pm

You're welcome.

Re: Elvis, Vegas and the Aria

Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:53 pm

Some new info, or there lack of.
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We've seen some new show posters for the Viva Elvis Cirque du Soleil show that's debuting in December at the Aria Hotel and Casino but there's still no exact date or ticket price for the show. (Update: Norm Clarke says Cirque will make an announcement soon as to when tickets will be available.)

However, Aria will open on December 16th and at this point so it's safe to say that Viva Elvis will open shortly after that. The opening date is listed as "December" so that means they have until December 31st to fulfill the promise.

As for costumes and set design, we're still in the dark although the cast did visit Graceland to get a better feel for the life that Elvis led. In the meantime, here's a more in-depth description of what to expect:

Created in the image of The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll – powerful, sexy, whimsical, 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.

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


Our only request is that they don't bring out the giant wheels for the acrobats to jump on top of as it spins around. We sincerely feel we will see a show where one of these guys comes crashing down and we don't want it to be Elvis. Then again, a giant wheel in the form of a gold record could be awesome.

http://www.vegaschatter.com/tag/CityCenter

Re: Elvis, Vegas and the Aria

Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:00 pm

So....you'll be applying for a job at this resort then will you?

Re: Elvis, Vegas and the Aria

Fri Nov 06, 2009 1:50 pm

Might have to book a stay there

Re: Elvis, Vegas and the Aria

Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:45 pm

Little Darlin wrote:So....you'll be applying for a job at this resort then will you?



Unfortunately he won't have much time to post here when it opens.

Re: Elvis, Vegas and the Aria

Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:28 pm

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Re: Elvis, Vegas and the Aria

Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:56 pm

Taylor_M wrote:Café Nikki will make its debut on the Las Vegas Strip as a perfect complement to Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. The menu offered at Café Nikki is a blend of American cuisine and flavors inspired by international dishes, and the ambition of the food makes it a worthwhile culinary journey.


Great to know