I just returned from a brief trip to Las Vegas (Lost Wages) - more on that in another column. Fortunately I was able to score two tickets for a Saturday night performance of The Beatles LOVE - Cirque du Soleil at the Mirage.
If you like dance but don't necessarily like the Beatles, you would like this. If you like the Beatles, but don't care much for dance, you'd probably be OK with the show. But if you love The Beatles (I do) and don't mind the dance and choreography (that's me) you'd love this show.
It's basically just what you would imagine - costumed dancers, acrobats suspended from ropes in high above the stage, and performers flying through mid-air from trampolines and other props, all set to songs from the Beatles catalog.
Very impressive, yet at times my head was spinning from everything going on before my eyes. Or, perhaps it was the nine dollar frozen margarita (Vegas prices.)
The theater itself is not that large, and even though I was in the upper part of the venue, I was still only about fifteen rows from the stage. Some of the songs were played just as they appeared on album, while others were mashups of several songs, including alternate takes. As I understand it, the producers were given access to some of the master recordings,and George Martin (the fifth Beatle) contributed additional material.
It was a fun filled ninety minutes with great music, projected from the stage as well as speakers embedded in the seats. It certainly beats watching the train wreck also known as the Chicago Cubs. My rating: a home run - three and a half stars - or a gold record climbing the charts.
Songs included in the performance:
I Want To Hold Your Hand
Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite
Here Comes the Sun
Back in the USSR
Alternate takes on: While My Guitar Gently Weeps, A Day in the Life
Check out the video below.