You’ve really gotta hand it to the folks at Cirque du Soleil. Not only has Guy Laliberté undertaken to provide sustainable safe water for people the world over; but now, with ONE DROP (the non-profit he has founded to address this issue), Las Vegas has a new annual gala to raise funds for the endeavor.

Now, you’re probably thinking that the last thing Vegas needs is another gala, but credit where credit is due – these folks really continue to turn it out.

As with last year’s inaugural One Night for ONE DROP gala – the evening revolved around a multi-act show featuring performers from each of Cirque du Soleil’s eight resident shows in Las Vegas (Mystère at TI, O at Bellagio, Zumanity at New York-New York, at MGM Grand, The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage, CRISS ANGEL Believe at Luxor, Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay, and Zarkana at Aria). What dawned on me, during the show, and really blows my mind, is that instead of a montage of various scenes from the existing shows, the performers not only perform free of charge for this event, but have sacrificed their days and nights off from their already rigorous two shows a day/five days a week performance schedules, to learn and rehearse the unique routines that are choreographed and produced especially for the ONE DROP gala.

Yes, you read that correctly. All of that practice and rehearsal and time and creative energy for a one-night-only spectacular; which will never be seen again. Talk about dedication for a cause!

With the theme of “One Thought, One World,” my favorite scenes were “Little Boy’s Surreal Bedtime Story,” “Street Dancers in Neon,” “Pas de Deux with Man and Trunk,” and “Trampoline Delight” (names have been Shulmanized for your reading pleasure…).

Come back for Part 2, where I dish on the VIP pre-party at Aureole, and the après soirée at Moorea Beach Club. TTFN!

One Night for ONE DROP
Presented by Cirque du Soleil
Click HERE for info

Get into it!

[Photos (except Tenors and Laliberté/Nadal) by Tom Donohue/Cirque du Soleil]

With CROSSROADS KITCHEN LAS VEGAS now open at Resorts World Las Vegas, Chef Tal Ronnen’s campaign to introduce upscale diners to his delectable plant-based cuisine continues, and I’m totally on board!