of the best surprises I've had thus far this year occurred the other evening in
a huge tent constructed on the Bellagio Hotel property. We were part of a media
night where Gilles Ste-Croix, after leaving Cirque du Soleil, showed off his
latest creation, "Cheval." It's a show starring horses with humans as a prop.
And let me not keep you in suspense: It's the hit of the year as far as this
writer is concerned.
you enter the first tent leading to the big tent you have a few minutes to walk
around and take a glimpse at these beautiful and somewhat rare horses prior to
entering the big tent. The show actually starts right away when a huge
silver-haired horse, with a real long mane and hair over its face and almost
dragging in the dirt is in the middle of the arena. You learn quite quickly
that this is an amazing animal. He rolls in the dirt, stands up and looks over
the audience, goes back to rolling around and just completely does whatever he
wants. And he's out there all by himself. No handler.
you have been around Las Vegas since the early 90's you may recall that Steve
Wynn, then the owner of the Mirage, put up a tent in his back yard in 1992. He
had seen a strange new entertainment spectacle during some of his travels and
believed a Las Vegas audience would appreciate such a unique show. So, the man
with a great vision for entertainment purchased the rights to the first Cirque
show "Nouvelle Experience." He
later built a theater for the next version of a Cirque show, "Mystere" which
continues to this day at the Treasure Island. Wynn then built another special
theatre for the next version "O" at his newest hotel (at the time) the
I have been told there are some 30 horses involved in the show, with perhaps as
many human handlers. "Cheval" is the French word for horse and certain parts of
this show dates back to the mid 16th Century when military men would
display their horsemanship. Like his other shows, Ste-Croix has a single thread
running throughout the show and that is a comedian who supposedly is looking
for a job. Christian Ferland plays the part very good and with quite a bit of
physical exertion at times.
is a show for all generations and is absolutely wonderful for children. There
are big workhorses and then there are the very special horse stars including a
very small and cute as a bug horse you can't help but adore. Believe me folks
this is a must see show if there ever was one!
runs a little over 90 minutes, but these are fast moments. Seating is quite
comfortable considering it's inside a well-heated tent. Showtimes are 7 pm.,
Wednesday through Saturdays plus a 9:30 pm. show on Saturday and a 3 pm. show
Sunday. Tickets range from $30 to $56 with reservations suggested.
show opened the other day at the Venetian, "Bravo" starring Charo and the
comedy team of Mario and Daniel. Produced by John Stuart of "Legends" fame, the
new addition to the strip is a great diversion from the ordinary fare being
offered. Charo is definitely an interesting act and believe me she can play the
heck out of that guitar. She still looks great and you can't help but like her.
The brothers are a great comedy team and they really get a chance to display all
their humor during this outing. There is also a great display of Spanish
dancing with special guests taking part in the ritual Flamenco dances.
Showtimes are 9 pm. Mondays through Saturdays with an additional show at 7 pm.
Wednesdays in the C2K showroom. Tickets range from $48 to $69.
are now only 19 days left till Santa comes down the chimneys. I'm outa here!
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