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Monday By the Numbers: A standing ‘O’ for one of Cirque’s greatest shows

Alicia Vikander-‘O’-Bellagio

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Alicia Vikander with cast members from Cirque du Soleil’s “O” on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, at Bellagio.

Cirque du Soleil’s ‘O’ at Bellagio

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This week, Monday By the Numbers delves (or, dives) into “O” at Bellagio. This show remains one of Cirque’s bestselling and most-appreciated productions, (water) logging more than 17 years on the Strip.

I caught the show again over the weekend. Some stats from the shore:

1.5 million: Gallons of water in the “O” stage/manmade pond.

12: Hours required to drain the pool (which empties to Bellagio Lake) for maintenance.

1: Inch Bellagio Lake rises when water from the theater pool is added.

88: Water’s temperature in degrees.

$99: Cost of a ticket when the show opened in October 1998, making it the first $100 show ticket ever in Las Vegas.

$99: Base ticket price for a show today, on the Bellagio website.

1,800: Seats in the Bellagio theater.

85: Performers in the show.

150: Stagehands in the show.

7,000: Pounds the show’s clown house weighs.

2: Gold medals won by performers Bill May and Christina Jones in the first mixed-duet synchronized swimming event at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

14: National synchronized swimming titles won by May.

14: Technicians underwater in the show.

20: International synchronized swimming titles won by May.

20: Feet of depth for the pool.

110: Distance from the highest grid in the theater to the stage.

60: Feet above water artists jump from the show’s highest diving platform.

60: Loads of laundry washed after each night

3: Months the swimmers’ costumes usually last before they need to be replaced.

$1 billion: Amount of money the show surpassed in ticket sales in 2011.

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