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Zumanity is a Cirque Du Soleil show in Las Vegas with its home base at the New York-New York Hotel and Casino. It's unique among Cirque shows because it's limited to adult audiences, and it graphically portrays sensuality. It's been a popular show since it debuted in 2003.
Zumanity is one of the many shows performed by Cirque Du Soleil, an entertainment company out of Canada that mixes traditional circus acts with street performances. The company started in 1984 and puts on touring shows as well as performances in permanent locations, like Las Vegas and Orlando. The ostentatious Cirque Du Soleil style fits in well with Las Vegas spectacles.
Zumanity is meant for audiences age 18 and older, as it celebrates sensuality and has some risque acts that are not appropriate for children. Rather than the typical new-age acrobatic performance normally put on by Cirque Du Soleil performers, Zumanity incorporates burlesque and cabaret elements. The show is hosted by a drag queen known as Edie, and acts include contortions, acrobatics, and feats of balance. The subject matter makes this show best for people with open minds who aren't bothered by frank depictions of sensuality. It's not a pornographic show, but it deals with decidedly adult subject matter.
Zumanity has been performed in Las Vegas since 2003. It has the distinction of being the first-ever adult themed Cirque Du Soleil show, as the troupe's performances are normally appropriate for the whole family. The introduction of Zumanity marked the company's first show that emphasized the "sensual side of Cirque Du Soleil," according to promotions and show descriptions. Now it's a popular offering among Las Vegas entertainment options, where risque shows are not out of the norm even though Sin City has also made a concerted effort to serve family vacationers with kid friendly entertainment, too.
Zumanity has a permanent home at the New York-New York Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Ironically, New York-New York is known as a family friendly hotel, with many family friendly activities on site. For example, it features a roller coaster that lifts thrill-seeking guests over 200 feet in the air, drops them down a 144 foot hill, and flips them upside down in a simulation of a fighter plane's barrel roll.
It's very convenient to see Zumanity if you're staying at New York-New York, but the hotel's central location makes it easy to there even if you're at another hotel. The easiest way to get there is by taking the Las Vegas Monorail and getting off at the MGM Grand stop. You may be able to walk to the theater in New York-New York if you're staying at a nearby hotel like Mandalay Bay or Excalibur. Otherwise you can drive or take a taxi.
Zumanity has plenty of show dates from which to choose. It's presented at the hotel twice a day, five days a week, with no performances on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Tickets are available on the New York-New York website and over the phone, and they can also be purchased in person at the hotel. Expect to pay a minimum of $69 per person, depending on where you choose to sit. The theater has regular seats and also some sofas created especially for two people. They're popular with couples who like to snuggle together comfortably during the performance.
Zumanity is just one of several Cirque Du Soleil shows in Las Vegas. Others include O, a water-themed show that has been performed at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino since 1998; KA, a martial arts-based performance at the MGM Grand; and The Beatles Love, which brings the music of the Fab Four to the Mirage Hotel and Casino as the soundtrack for the Cirque performers. Criss Angel Believe is also a Cirque Du Soleil show. Other than Zumanity, the Las Vegas Cirque Du Soleil shows are appropriate for all ages.