Red Carpet Photos: Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil

Criss Angel at Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil
On Friday evening Cirque du Soleil proudly celebrated the Las Vegas premiere of its newest resident show Zarkana at ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter (Pictured: Criss Angel – Photo: © Scott Harrison/ RETNA/ www.harrisonphotos.com). 

 

Zarkana, a visually stunning modern acrobatic spectacular, begins its residency at ARIA following hugely successful engagements at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Arena Madrid and Moscow’s Kremlin State Palace Theatre (Photo: © Scott Harrison/ RETNA/ www.harrisonphotos.com).

Claire Sinclair  at Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil
Claire Sinclair at Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil

Photo: © Scott Harrison/ RETNA/ www.harrisonphotos.com.

Celebrities joining the night’s red carpet event and after-party at HAZE Nightclub included actor Emmy award-winning actor Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), director Francis Ford Coppola, actor Matt Lanter (90210), actress Dot Jones (Glee), actor Harry Shum Jr (Glee), actor Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class), Dj ASHBA (Recording Artist), Mark Foster (Recording Artist), magician/illusionist Criss Angel, actor Omar Benson Miller (CSI:Miami), comedian Carrot Top, entertainers Siegfried & Roy, the Zarkana creative team including François Girard (Writer & Director), Nick Littlemore (Composer & Musical Director) and Cirque du Soleil’s President and CEO Daniel Lamarre.

Jennette McCurdy at Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil
Jennette McCurdy at Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil

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Set in a world where physical ability meets the extraordinary, Zarkana, which TIME magazine proclaimed “the show of the summer” in New York City and The New York Times called “aah-inspiring,” was seen by more than 1.5 million people during its triumphant 2011-2012 international run.

Aaron Paul and Lauren Parsekian at Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil
Aaron Paul and Lauren Parsekian at Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil

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The show follows Zark, the ringmaster of an extraordinary circus coming back to life, as he guides us in an abandoned theatre populated by a motley collection of off-the-wall characters and incomparable acrobats. Zarkana is a visual vortex set in a twisted acrobatic fantasy universe where, little by little, chaos and craziness give way to a true celebration.

Carla Pellegrino at Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil
Carla Pellegrino at Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil

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In typical Cirque fashion, an unknowing audience member gets pulled on stage by the clowns of Zarkana during the Electric Chair act. Jennette McCurdy, star of Nickolodeon’s iCarly, was chosen for the cameo appearance at the Las Vegas premiere. As the clowns strapped her into the electric chair the light switch flipped multiple times to make ‘magic’ happen on stage.

Dot Jones at Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil
Dot Jones at Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil

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Following the spectacular production, guests were escorted to HAZE Nightclub at ARIA Resort & Casino for an exclusive Cirque after party to celebrate the premiere. Restaurant partners from CityCenter and ARIA provided small bites as Zarkana characters welcomed everyone to the upscale nightclub.

Taylor Hicks at Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil
Taylor Hicks at Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil

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Omar Miller at Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil
Omar Miller at Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil

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Edi Gathegi at Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil
Edi Gathegi at Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil

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Aaron Paul at Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil
Aaron Paul at Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil

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Shar Jackson at Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil
Shar Jackson at Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil

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Mark Foster at Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil
Mark Foster at Las Vegas Premier of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil

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Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola

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Zarkana cast member with Francis Ford Coppola
Zarkana cast member with Francis Ford Coppola

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Harry Shum Jr.
Harry Shum Jr.

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Carrot Top
Carrot Top

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Amanda Hogan and Carrot Top
Amanda Hogan and Carrot Top

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Erica Linz
Erica Linz

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