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More than 100 Cirque du Soleil performers to take part in ‘One Night for One Drop’

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Jackie Evancho performs during Cirque du Soleil’s “One Night for One Drop” at Bellagio on Friday, March 22, 2013.

‘One Night for One Drop’ Rehearsal at Mandalay Bay

Performer Rokardy from Cirque du Soleil plays a homeless man during rehearsal at Michael Jackson Theater on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, for this year's “One Night for One Drop” fundraising performance at Mandalay Bay. Launch slideshow »

Cirque du Soleil's 'One Night for One Drop'

Cirque du Soleil's Launch slideshow »

All eight Cirque du Soleil shows on the Strip will go dark Friday, March 21, for the unprecedented second-annual performance of “One Night for One Drop” for Cirque founder Guy Laliberte’s nonprofit water-for-the-world charity One Drop.

More than 100 Cirque performers will take part in the one-night-only production created and directed by choreographer and dancer Mukhtar O.S. Mukhtar of The Beatles’ “Love” at the Mirage. You can read my interview with Mukhtar posted Nov. 11, and check out the photo gallery of first rehearsals posted Jan. 30.

VIP tickets for the exclusive benefit at Michael Jackson One Theater in Mandalay Bay are now on sale at $1,800 each. That also includes the glittering gala after-party with the artists and additional entertainment. Show-only tickets start at $225.

Award-winning vocal group The Tenors will be joined for the stage show by violinist and YouTube sensation Lindsey Stirling, Season 6 “America’s Best Dance Crew” champions IaMmE and the return of spoken-word artist In-Q, who dazzled at last year’s premiere at Bellagio.

The after-party is set for Moorea Beach Club and will be hosted by comedienne Heather McDonald and features The Supremes star Mary Wilson, painter Natalie Irish who is known as the “kissing artist,” piano sensation William Joseph and the band Blues Traveler. I will assist as MC for the auction portion of the party.

“One Night for One Drop” is a joint effort between Cirque and MGM Resorts to provide funding for worldwide safe water access and education. A portion of the night’s proceeds also go to our Springs Preserve here for its continuing efforts for water conservation and sustainable living in the Las Vegas Valley.

Guy commented: “It’s 2014, and there are still at least 780 million people around the world who do not have access to a safe and steady water supply. It is one of our planet’s most urgent problems. There are sustainable solutions to be had if we focus our efforts and resources.”

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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