LAS VEGAS – LOVE, a co-production with Apple Corps Ltd. and Cirque du Soleil, celebrates the musical legacy of The Beatles and is presented exclusively at The Mirage in Las Vegas. This joint artistic venture marks the first time that The Beatles company, Apple Corps Ltd., has agreed to a major theatrical partnership. The project was born out of a personal friendship and mutual admiration between the late George Harrison and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté.
LOVE brings the magic of Cirque du Soleil together with the spirit and passion of The Beatles to create an intimate and powerful entertainment experience. It captures the essence of love that John, Paul, George and Ringo inspired during their astonishing adventure together.
Sir George Martin, The Beatles original producer, and his son Giles Martin worked with the entire archive of Beatles recordings to create the musical component for LOVE. The result is an unprecedented approach to the music for a stage production. “I think we have achieved a real sense of drama with the music, the audience will feel as though they are actually in the theatre with the band. People are going to be knocked out by what they are hearing!” said Giles Martin.
Using the master tapes at Abbey Road Studios, Sir George and Giles created a unique soundscape for LOVE. “We wanted to make sure there are enough good, solid hit songs in the show, but we don't want it to be a catalog of ‘best of's’,” said Sir George Martin. “We also wanted to put in some interesting and not well-known Beatles music and use fragments of songs. The show is a unique and magical experience.”
Apple Corps Ltd. released the LOVE album through Capitol/EMI Records on November 20, 2006. Available in stereo and 5.1, this is the first Beatles album available in 5.1 surround sound.
The soundtrack to LOVE won two Grammy Awards in the categories of Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or other Visual Medium and Best Surround Sound Album at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards Sun, Feb. 10th, 2008. Ringo Starr, along with Sir George Martin, The Beatles legendary producer, and his son, Music Producer Giles Martin, accepted the award for Best Compilation Soundtrack. During the acceptance speech, Ringo Starr gives tribute to the Martin’s: “George Martin was involved then and now George, along with his son Giles, is involved again. They did a great job with the music and with Cirque du Soleil it turned into a beautiful dream.”
Dominic Champagne, who directed and wrote the original concept for the show, explained his vision for LOVE. “I wanted to create a Beatles experience rather than a Beatles story, taking the audience on an emotional journey rather than a chronological one, exploring the landscapes and experiences that have marked the group's history,” said the director.
LOVE is a Rock 'n' Roll poem, a magical mystery tour into the heart and soul of The Beatles music through an exploration of the aesthetic, political and spiritual trends of the 1960s. Inspired by the poetry of the lyrics, the creative team designed a series of scenes inhabited by colorful characters in extravagant costumes.
The international cast of 60 channels a raw, youthful energy evoking the exuberant and irreverent spirit of The Beatles. High-energy fusions of urban, freestyle dance, aerial performance and fast-paced athleticism make LOVE a visual and musical feast.
LOVE is presented in a custom-built theatre at The Mirage featuring 360? seating and advanced high definition video projections with 100-foot digital, moving images. The panoramic surround sound system will envelop the audience who will experience The Beatles music like never before…
Inspiration: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr.
Cirque du Soleil Creative Team:
Guy Laliberté – Guide, Show Concept Creator
Dominic Champagne – Director and Writer, Show Concept Creator
Gilles Ste-Croix – Director of Creation, Show Concept Creator
Chantal Tremblay – Associate Director of Creation
Jean Rabasse – Theatre and Set Designer
Philippe Guillotel – Costume Designer
Jonathan Deans – Sound Designer
Yves Aucoin – Lighting Designer
Francis Laporte – Video Projection Designer
Hansel Cereza and Dave St-Pierre – Choreographers
Guy St-Amour – Acrobatic & Rigging Designer
Daniel Cola – Acrobatic Performance Designer
Nathalie Gagné – Make-up Designer
Patricia Ruel – Props Designer
Michael Curry – Puppet Designer
Geneviève Dorion-Coupal – Choreographer
Daniel Ezralow – Choreographer
Margie Gillis - Choreographer
Alexis Martin – Dramaturge Consultant
François Pérusse – Comic Audio-clips Designer
André Simard – Aerial Acrobatic Designer
For Apple Corps Ltd.:
Sir George Martin – Music Director
Giles Martin – Music Director
Neil Aspinall – Executive Producer
$79, $98.50, $104, $130, $155, $180 (plus tax).
LOVE performs Thursday through Monday with performances at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. There are no shows Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
TO RESERVE TICKETS:
By phone: 702.792.7777 or 800.963.9634
Online: www.cirquedusoleil.com, www.thebeatles.com or www.mirage.com.
In person: At the LOVE box office at The Mirage or any of the MGM Resorts International box offices in Las Vegas.
ABOUT CIRQUE DU SOLEIL:
About Cirque du Soleil
Since 1984, Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,000 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.
In Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil has eight permanent resident shows. These productions include Mystère at Treasure Island, “O” at Bellagio Resort & Casino, Zumanity, The Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil at New York-New York Hotel & Casino, KÀ at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage Hotel & Casino, CRISS ANGEL Believe at Luxor Hotel and Casino, Zarkana at ARIA Resort & Casino and Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay. In Orlando, La Nouba is presented exclusively in Downtown Disney West Side at Walt Disney World Resort.
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