It is famously said that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. That’s usually used as a licence for people to cheat on their partners. But it also applies to many of the shows that play here – though there are Vegas sit-down productions of West End and Broadway hits from the long-running stands here of Mamma Mia! (at Mandalay Bay) and Spamalot (at the Wynn, where I have been staying) to the arrival in April of Jersey Boys (at the Venetian’s new Palazzo extension), many other theatrical attractions can be seen in Vegas only and nowhere else.
That trend has been led by Cirque du Soleil. They may, of course, be a globalised travelling circus franchise, but they long ago hit on the idea of making their Vegas shows unique to it; and in the process, they created a new template for entertainment here with a series of no-expense-spared productions that have seen them reinventing themselves and the forms they work within with each show, from the water-based spectacle of ‘O’ to ‘Love’, set to a pre-existing pop soundtrack.