One of the appeals of visiting Las Vegas is seeing the spectacular shows on The Strip.
During my recent excursion to Vegas, I went to check out Cirque du Soleil’s long-running musical “The Beatles LOVE.”
Housed at The Mirage Casino & Resort, the production celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2006. Opening to mediocre reviews initially, the show has been significantly re-imagined and the script, choreography, stage technology and sound system have all been revamped. Even the soundtrack was remixed just before the Cirque-helmed show’s 10th birthday.
Ultimately, the tweaking worked and critical sentiment for “The Beatles LOVE” has risen and tourists can’t get enough of this show.
From its opening number—”Because” and a mash-up of “Get Back” and “Glass Onion”—this show immediately engages you with its elaborate 70’s-inspired costuming, the use of special effects and the squared-circle set design. There’s not a bad seat in the theater for this show, as you can appreciate it from every vantage point.
The show’s Grammy Award-winning soundtrack comes to life with captivating art graphics and aerial moves from performers, offering a masterful mix of music and athleticism for this artistic interpretation of The Beatles‘ classics.
Guests dance in their seats to songs like “Twist and Shout” and bop along to “Lady Madonna.” Then you’re enchanted by the balletic moments in the show with tunes like “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and a personal favorite, “Yesterday.”
There are 26 songs in total in the show—”Sgt. Pepper,” “Strawberry Fields,” “Within You Without You,” “A Day in the Life,” “Hey Jude,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “Octopuses Garden” among them. But I was disappointed that two personal favorites, “Let It Be” and “With a Little Help from My Friends” were omitted from the show. (I was seriously shouting “Beatles blasphemy!”)
But this theatrical adaptation of The Beatles music shines with the incredible showmanship of the acrobatics, trapeze artists, silk aerialists, trampoline performers and the roller-skating troupe, among others, in this show.
There’s a moment in “The Beatles LOVE” where the show becomes interactive — I won’t spoil the surprise, as it’s a fun part of the show.
“All You Need Is Love” is the finale of the show.
I attended “The Beatles LOVE” with my friend Tamara “Taj” George of the Grammy-nominated R&B trio SWV. Her first time ever attending a Cirque du Soleil show, she was completely blown away.
To see “The Beatles LOVE” or any show produced by Cirque du Soleil, check out their website at www.cirquedusoleil.com.
WATCH: Check out the official trailer for “The Beatles LOVE” in Las Vegas.