Las Vegas--Over The Top: A Show That Soars--and Swims

The cast of O, the beautifully buoyant Cirque du Soleil water extravaganza at the Bellagio, wore circus motley: urchin's togs, ballerina gowns, penguin suits and the odd clown nose. Last week's opening-night audience, though, was outfitted in formal evening wear--1,800 exponents of money and glamour. It was just the sort of crowd Steve Wynn would like to see at his new hotel every night. So would the other high-rolling master builders in this high-desert fantasyland. Like an aging chorine who learns a little French and buys a Chanel frock in hopes of attracting an upper-crust beau, Las Vegas is smarting itself...

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