Cirque du Soleil closes its Las Vegas shows because of virus
Cirque du Soleil, creator of many of the most popular shows in Las Vegas, said on Saturday that it is temporarily suspending its productions in Las Vegas as well as around the world because of the new coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement, the company said it made the decision based on public health authorities calling for people to limit their social interactions to stop the spread of the virus.
The shows that will be cancelled effective Sunday are ‘O’ at the Bellagio, ‘KA’ at MGM Grand, ‘The Beatles LOVE’ at the Mirage, ‘Mystere’ at Treasure Island, ‘Zumanity’ at New York-New York and ‘Michael Jackson ONE’ at Mandalay Bay.
Cirque du Soleil shows in Austin, Texas, Chicago, Houston, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Montreal, Boston, Tel Aviv, Meloneras, Spain, Munich, Costa Mesa, California, Denver, and the Australian cities of Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth also are cancelled.
Also Saturday, the long-running Penn & Teller comedy/magic show has been cancelled effective immediately.
Penn Jilette tweeted: “Out of concern and love for our audiences, & well, concern and love for everyone — we will be cancelling our shows starting tonight for the next few weeks Hope to be back on stage soon when gathering is once again responsible. Let’s all take care of ourselves & each other. Love.”
Late on Saturday night, magician David Copperfield, another Vegas mainstay, tweeted that he is suspending his shows.
“Nothing is more important than the health and safety of my audience, my team, and my family — so we’re pausing shows today to assess the situation. We hope to resume very soon,” he said in a statement on Twitter.