With the help of Bob Sillerman, the King will once again reign over Las Vegas in an upcoming Elvis-themed Cirque du Soleil production.
Directed by former Michael Jackson choreographer Vince Patterson, the show is set to feature dancers and acrobats alongside a “killer band and a lot of guitar elements,” production manager Mike Anderson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The product of a 2006 deal between Sillerman’s CKX, which owns a majority share in Elvis Presley Enterprises, and Cirque du Soleil, the show is scheduled to debut at the Aria Resort and Casino at CityCenter by the end of the year.
At the time of the agreement, CKX and Cirque du Soleil also announced they would partner to develop Elvis-themed touring shows in Europe and/or Asia.
In other CKX news, the company reported Aug. 10 that profits in the second quarter fell amid declining revenues and increasing operating costs.
Earnings for the period were $4 million, or 5 cents per share, compared with previous year results of $11.9 million, or 12 cents per share.
Revenues declined roughly 10 percent to $79.5 million and operating costs for the quarter rose 8 percent to more than $68 million.
Despite the news, Sillerman said in a statement that the company’s base business remains solid and CKX is anticipating new television and Internet ventures opportunities.