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What do you get when you mix the
delicious memories of Beatlemania, the urban energy of street dance,
and the showmanship of 60 international artists, all set to
panoramic visuals and sound? You get LOVE, the latest creation from
Cirque du Soleil, but with a bit of a twist.
Unlike other Cirque du Soleil confections, this one does not rely on dizzying, breathtaking acrobatics.
Although a bi of that signature style is incorporated into LOVE, this is a theatrical, dance-oriented foray into 60s pop that showcases the timeless music of the Beatles through intimate, dynamic dance performances that are more extreme sports and urban street dancing than acrobatics. LOVE began as the germ of an idea between the late George Harrison and Guy LaLiberte of Cirque du Soleil. Unfortunately, Harrison did not get to realize this dream. But family members, former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, families of John Lennon worked to bring Harrison's vision to reality, choosing Sir George Martin, former Beatles producer, as musical director along with his son Giles Martin and Las Vegas beautiful Mirage and the perfect venue to bring it all together.
LOVE is careful not to fall into the trap of becoming just another tribute to the hits of this incredibly famous group of English lads. This psychedelically reminiscent trip trough the 60s and Beatles history begins with 30 carefully chosen songs, the first of which is "Get Back", used as the soundscape for The Beatles farewell concert scene and flashbacks to World War II-era Liverpool where the future Beatles were still children.
"I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Drive My Car" are accompanied by energetic tumbling and acrobatics, while the famous pop tune "Help" becomes the intensely interwoven background music for four extreme sports athletes who leap 11 foot ramps while wearing inline skates. Next, LOVE showcases intricate, delicate aerial ballet movements with "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "Octopus's Garden." The show wraps up with the title track "All You Need is Love," evoking intense nostalgia as photos of The Beatles appear on gigantic screens.
It seems that the Beatles music will be forever stamped upon our hearts
as the soundtrack of an era we just can't seem to forget. For some, it's
Frank Sinatra and for others, Elvis. But for thousands of us who were
fortunate enough to experience (and live through) the turbulent, amazing
60s, it's the Beatles forever.
The 2,000-plus seat theater features 360-degree seating with the farthest seat from the stage only 98 feet away, so there's no chance of ending up with a bad seat. With 6,341 speakers in the entire theater and three speakers per seat -- two in the headrest and one in the seat in front of you, guests are literally enveloped in the sights and sounds of this enthralling and unique production.
The theater's complex video system houses 28 projectors as well as two 20-foot-high by 100-foot-wide screens, for a panoramic experience unlike any other. Judging from audiences reactions thus far, they have nothing but love for the Beatles and Cirque du Soleil's LOVE.