Elaborate prod'n to celebrate 1,000th show Friday

LAS VEGAS — “O,” the aquatic stage production produced by Cirque du Soleil, makes the record books once again with a 10% rise in ticket prices from $100 to $110 for orchestra seats, effective Dec. 22.

The show, which originally bowed in October 1998 at the Bellagio Resort, is housed in an 1,800-seat theater and is the first Vegas show to break the $100 ticket barrier. Balcony seats will remain at $90, their original price.

Despite the top-ticket cost, “O” has received critical acclaim in the national press as well as being named the best production show in Las Vegas for the past two years.

Written and directed by Franco Dragone, “O” is set on, in, and above a pool containing 1.5 million gallons of water. While 81 artists perform before the audience, it takes 136 technicians working behind the scenes to maintain the pool and complex set.

To date, more than 1.75 million people have seen the production, and on Nov. 17 “O” will celebrate its 1,000th performance. The producers did not disclose their total ticket sales.

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