When Viva Elvis left the building as Cirque du Soleil's first certified Las Vegas flop, the company replaced it with a proven ticket seller: Zarkana, which was created for New York City's Radio City Music Hall and spent two summers there. Because it wasn't initially intended to sit among seven other Cirques on the Strip, it's more like a "greatest hits" show in the company's original style. That general approach makes it a bit repetitive, particularly of
O and Ka, and lacking the grand distinctions of the Beatles and Michael Jackson–themed titles. But for Cirque newbies, the concept of an abandoned theater coming back to life with the ghosts of circuses past will nonetheless deliver the company's trademark sense of wonder.