LAS VEGAS -- MGM Mirage announced in Singapore today that it will include a permanent Cirque du Soleil show as part of the hotel-casino it hopes to build in Singapore.
The casino company is vying for the right to develop the Asian city-state's first gaming destination.
MGM Mirage's announcement came two days after rival casino operator Harrah's Entertainment said it would build a 1 million square foot "urban theme park" to accompany a Caesars-brand resort proposed for the Marina Bayfront in Singapore. The Caesars property will feature movie-themed attractions created by Academy Award-winning film director James Cameron.
MGM Mirage has four Cirque du Soleil at properties in Las Vegas and a fifth scheduled to open this year. MGM Mirage said Cirque du Soleil, a Montreal-based entertainment company, has signed an exclusive agreement to create a show specifically for Singapore as part of MGM Mirage's proposal. "Cirque du Soleil's innovative entertainment plays a significant role in our company's reputation for presenting the best possible entertainment available at our Las Vegas resorts," MGM Mirage Chairman Terry Lanni said in a statement. "Our two companies have accomplished some amazing things together and Cirque enthusiastically agreed to join us in our commitment to make Singapore Asia's new entertainment capital."