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Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Zumanity’ celebrates decade of debauchery, sexiness on the Strip


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David Burtka, center, and Neil Patrick Harris, fourth from right, at “Zumanity” in New York-New York.

‘Zumanity’ Ninth Anniversary

Launch slideshow »

December 2010: ‘Zumanity’

Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity at New York-New York. Launch slideshow »

As Cirque du Soleil gets ready to celebrate 20 years on the Strip this November, it’s time to wish its erotic and edgy cast of “Zumanity” at New York-New York congratulations on its 10th anniversary Wednesday. More than 6.5 million people have enjoyed the erotic fetishes and fantasies in the past decade.

From sexy, miscued and non-cover-up pom-poms to a nearly naked water-bowl dance by two affectionate women to the man-on-man action to the sexual sounds of the straps and the “gentle” orgy in the finale, “Zumanity” has pushed the sensual barriers, and the envelope, for 10 years since opening on Sept. 20, 2003.

Let’s not forget the antics of the double-jointed male star who wins gasps for his body movements in the Dislocation number. To answer your questions, he can, but he doesn’t; he could, but he won’t!

The cast of 46 artists and musicians are from all over the world — Senegal, Russia, Mongolia, South America and Europe, with 53 technicians and 14 backstage administrators who ensure that “Zumanity” runs smoothly. Christopher Kenney is Edie, the Mistress of Sensuality, the closest any show I know that could fuse transgender cross-dressing as a starring attraction.

It’s all about the anatomy at “Zumanity”: the nose to inhale the roses handed out each night by a tan, hunky lover; the mouth to accept the well-built ladies serving strawberries and banana; and the feet to wear the tallest pair of high heels is 7 inches.

Fun facts: There are 99 wigs and hairpieces. Each bra cup before being removed is made with 3,316 stones from 23 types; in the erotic dance bead number, the costume is made from 3,460 hand-strung beads. The large red cape is made from 136 yards of silk, and nine are used in rotation to ensure that they always are cleaned and looking perfect.

Finally, that dress of diamonds is made from 1,107 plastic sticks in four sizes before the crystals are applied; there’s just too many of those to count! We posted coverage of its ninth anniversary last September.

“Zumanity” has always been a magnet for stars. It’s played host over the years to Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher and Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee (both in 2003 before their breakups); Bette Midler and Barbara Walters in 2004; George Lucas and Sting in 2005; and, more recently, Avril Lavigne, Shania Twain and Las Vegas couple Carey Hart and Pink out on a date night.

I even took my English friend actress Joan Collins to it. She loved the sexy show and couldn’t wait to go backstage to meet the avant-garde cast and inspect their costumes — or lack thereof.

Congratulations to “Zumanity” for a decade of spicing up relationships and keeping love in its many forms alive and on the front burner.

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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