Cirque du Soleil meets New York’s nightclub scene in ‘Mad Apple’

“Mad Apple,” Cirque du Soleil’s newest show, is coming to the New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in a mad romp of music, comedy, and magic.

Mad Apple by Cirque du Soleil
Photos courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

It’s “a truly mad affair” as Cirque du Soleil calls on its four decades of world-class entertainment to bring another presentation to life with “Mad Apple,” highlighting the mayhem that is New York City after dark.

The show opens on May 26, 2022, with stand-up comedian Brad Williams, freestyle rapper Chris Turner, and vocalist Xharlie Black as headliners among a talented cast of 39 performers who blur the lines between circus performances and New York nightlife culture.

What sets the production apart is the recreation of a New York nightclub bar as part of the stage, encouraging audience members to show up early, grab a boozy libation, and get an up-close look at astonishing pre-show magic while the band plays hits inspired by famous NYC musicians and composers.

Mad Apple onstage bar

The show takes place over the course of six acts, featuring street performers, high-flying acrobats, “underground acts,” dancers, and up-and-coming entertainers, with each segment putting the focus on the many faces of The Big Apple’s nightlife.

“’Mad Apple’ will deliver a night of joy and entertainment with the thrilling backdrop of New York City,” said Mad Apple concept co-creator and Executive Producer, Simon Painter. “We’ve taken inspiration from the city’s rich musical history, legendary comedy scene, and unrivaled nightlife, and combined it with the wow factor of Cirque du Soleil to create an experience that will feel like a giant party from start to finish.”

Mad Apple performers

The show represents the first time Painter and Neil Dorward, co-creator and director, have collaborated on a Cirque du Soleil production, after Painter’s company was purchased by Cirque in 2019. Previous collaborations include “The Illusionist.”

Eric Grilly, Cirque du Soleil president of resident and affiliate show divisions said, “We’re excited to share a completely reimagined experience from Cirque du Soleil, with a show that fuses the spirit and creativity of the two ‘cities that never sleep.’ Cirque has long been known for celebrating the limits of human ability, and ‘Mad Apple’ will continue this revered tradition. […] The end result will be exactly what we’re known for – creative, astonishing, and enjoyable live entertainment.”

Previews for “Mad Apple” begin on May 12. Preview tickets start at $49 per person, and tickets for shows beginning on May 27 start at $59 per person.

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