One Night for One Drop

One Night for One Drop Folk star, accomplished poet and dedicated philanthropist Jewel headlined the sixth annual “One Night for One Drop” at Michael Jackson One Theater at Mandalay Bay on March 2. The foundation, started by Cirque’s Guy Laliberte in 2007, raised money and awareness for Cirque’s One Drop worldwide clean-water campaign.

This year’s show was based entirely on Jewel’s life story, covering her youth in the Alaskan wilderness to her struggles as an emerging artist (who often lived out of her car while chasing gigs in L.A.) to her 1990s breakthrough with the albums “Pieces of You” and “Spirit.”

With Cirque artists performing many of their trademark acts, including aerial stunts and trampoline acrobatics, Jewel sang such familiar songs as “Foolish Games,” “Hands,” “Standing Still,” “Save Your Soul,” “Intuition” and “Mercy.” Her family joined her onstage, with father, Atz Kilcher; and 6-year-old son, Kase, appearing as raccoons in scenes set in her home town of Homer, Alaska.  Comic magician Piff the Magic Dragon of Flamingo Las Vegas and Rio headliner Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller also were enlisted for the production.

For the second consecutive year, “One Night” was directed by husband-and-wife team Nicky and Laetitia Dewhurst of “Zumanity.” Nicky’s sister, Sally Dewhurst, who has headed up the show’s operations during its entire six-year history, organized and assembled a $2 million post-show party that was hosted by Edie of “Zumanity” and actor Jai Rodriguez.

The event strayed into the early morning and was highlighted by appearances by CeeLo Green and the cast of “Magic Mike Live.”

Photos by Brenton Ho

Erik Kasik Photo Group