Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Mad Apple’ channels energy from New York to Las Vegas

Cirque du Soleil’s magical productions on the Las Vegas Strip celebrate classic circus elements, avant-garde artistry and some of the world’s most famous music. But the company’s new show innovates by celebrating a place.

And not just anywhere. crazy apple is an energetic tribute to all things New York, appropriately performed in the beautiful 1,200-seat theater at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino. Loaded with acrobatics, music and comedy, Mad Apple began preview performances earlier this month and marks its grand opening just before Memorial Day weekend.

“It’s a fun night and party, a great place to come and have a drink and enjoy some incredible entertainment inspired by the greatest artists in New York history,” producer Simon Painter said.

crazy apple was designed to blur the lines between circus, entertainment and nightlife culture in the iconic city. The spectacular acrobatics we know so well from Cirque du Soleil are a huge part of the show, Painter said, but so is stand-up – from a variety of performers, including star and host Brad Williams. – and music, reminiscent of artists from Billy Joel and Run-DMC to George Gershwin and Lady Gaga.

“The New York soundtrack is really at the heart of this show, and we have amazing vocalists who really made me go, ‘Wow! many times when I auditioned them,” Painter said. “Acrobatically, it’s still very strong, and that talent should stand on its own. And yes, there’s more adult comedy. It’s a hell of a fun night, but it’s also a great show.

Williams is a familiar face to Las Vegas audiences, a comedy powerhouse who has performed at various venues on and off the Strip. crazy apple is an entirely different adventure for him, which is why he’s so excited about it.

“Even if you are used to seeing other Cirque shows, which are spectacular, it’s special, because normally you would go to different shows to see comedy, acrobatics and music like this- here,” Williams said. “Now you can go to Mad Apple and see all of this, and it obviously works with the whole New York-New York theme. I feel like anything can happen in this city, and it will be the same for this show.

The unique space has been renovated to bring the public closer to the artists than ever before in a Circus show, by adding interactive elements. Don’t be late for this one; you’ll miss the exciting pre-show which incorporates the brand new bars that have been installed in and around the theatre.

“I would put the pre-show against any show in Las Vegas – magicians walking around the theater doing amazing magic before the show even starts, and a bar where you can go up and have a drink, which is will turn into a scene,” Williams said. “If that doesn’t start things off with a bang, I don’t know what will.”

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