Review: Cirque du Soleil “Love”

9 01 2008

It’s typically a good sign when you are still listening to the soundtrack from a show you watched two weeks ago. Right now, I am listening to the Beatles “Love” CD from the new Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Obviously, music from the Beatles is timeless, but when I listen to songs like “Here Comes the Sun” and “Octopus’s Garden,” I also see the Cirque du Soleil acts in my mind’s eye. In a word, LOVE, the Cirque du Soleil’s new Beatles themed show, was spectacular.

Beatles LOVE

LOVE is a Beatles concert, theatrical production, and circus all combined in one show with a touch of signature Cirque du Soleil whimsy and artistry. Add a state of the art 360 degree stage, cool lighting effects, gorgeous and weird costumes, and of course over the top Vegas sentiment and you start coming close to describing the experience. The show samples more than 100 original Beatles recordings that have been reorchestrated and arranged to be a continuous 1.5 hours of music. There are acts/dances/performances that correspond to each musical piece, starting from an English chimney top scene reminiscent of Mary Popplins to four groovy roller skaters doing tricks on two U pipes to an underwater scene complete with jellyfish, octopus, and seaweed, and many many performances in between. There are balance acts, trapeze performances, tricycles that operate by themselves with only shoes, flash dances, and even a bubble performance. My personal favorite was the underwater jellyfish from “Octopus’s Garden” and the giant smoky bubbles.

While there is no real storyline, the show loosely follows the main male lead, a shy, tentative, but hopeful man looking for love. The rest of the show follows in a psychadelic haze, with Sgt. Pepper, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Eleanor Rigby, and Lady Madonna making appearances. Bright, flowy costumes, strange contraptions, structures that are assembled and disassembled, and the constantly metamorphisizing stage completed the strange but wonderful package that is the show.

In my unprofessional opinion, the musical arrangements, costumes, and choreography were out of this world. I can say without a doubt that I was entertained for the entire length of the show. The music was paced so that there was never a lull or dull moment, with one song leading seamlessly into another. The transitions between the acts were made to be part of the show, although I’m sure the high tech movable custom stage certainly helped execute on the creator’s visions. I marveled at the athleticism and artistry of the Cirque performers. I was not a Beatles fan particularly before I saw the show, though I liked them, but I can say I am a fan now!

The show’s concept was conceived between Guy Laliberte, one of the founders of Cirque du Soleil, and the late George Harrison in 2000. After years of negotiations between Cirque, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Olivia Harrison (after George’s death), and the Beatles’ holding company Apple Corps., all those involved came to an agreement that allowed this show to happen. The show opened in 2006.

LOVE is housed in the Mirage, and tickets are from roughly $95-150 per person. While this is a bit steep, it is standard for a Cirque du Soleil show. We sat in the nosebleed seats on the balcony – we were literally two rows from the absolute last row in the theatre – but were able to see everything since it is a theatre that was custom designed for this show, and it’s not a large theatre. Having said that, we saw that performers mingled with the audience on the stage level, and there is even one act that includes the audience on the first floor. We bought our tickets at the Mirage concierge, but you can also get them from several different sources. Note that most Cirque du Soleil shows available from such discount brokers as TicketsTonight are usually not discount since these shows are so popular. The ticket brokers instead will have tickets for sold out shows that are often at or above retail price (for Cirque du Soleil shows, except Zumanity).

A Short Description of the Different Cirque du Soleil Shows in Las Vegas:

Mystere – The original Cirque du Soleil show in Vegas, and thus the most traditional, located in TI (formerly called Treasure Island)

O – The water themed Cirque du Soleil show at the Bellagio. Most people I’ve talked to who have seen this show say it is a little slower paced than the other Cirque shows. There is a big pool that is used in the show.

KA – The Cirque du Soleil show that is centered around the story of imperial twins who are separated in their youth and go through trials and encounters with KA, the powerful fire. (I had to look it up) Located at the MGM Grand.

Zumanity – The Cirque du Soleil show about human sexuality. This is an over 18 show and located at New York New York.




6 responses

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1 02 2008

I just got back from seeing Love. As you said it was spectacular!!!! I am 49 and I saw it with my 25 year old son. He also thought it was really good.

A word of caution for those having a bite to eat before the show. Everything at the Mirage is a tad expensive, but worth it. My son and I went to the Carnegie Deli and almost left when we saw the $20.00 price for sandwiches, but we split a club sandwich and it was HUGE!!!! There was more than enough for two people so we got out of there for about $35.00 (Wit tip), which isn’t too bad (It was outstanding by the way).

Now, one last word about the “O” Show at the Bellagio. I worked there for a few years and saw bits and pieces of the show. Everybody that I talked to liked it, save maybe 3 or 4 in five years. I did get to see it recently and, although it is slower paced, is a very good show.

Sandy said she had never seen the show, but if you envision a stage like the one at Love that opens, closes, goes up and down etc., but add water. One minute the performers are running across the stage and the next minute they are doing high dives into it (And I do mean high). I would recommend it for anybody that is into surreal, artsy type stuff.

See you in Vegas, and remember: The saying used to be “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” but now the locals prefer “Came on vacation….Left on probation”


17 04 2009

I saw Cirque du Soleil “LOVE” at the Mirage and was truly awed by the spectacle and grandeur of the show. It was truly jaw dropping! Having traveled across the globe to Las Vegas (our first stop and our first night in the US), I did not experience the usual jet lag seeing this show. The music was great. The costumes were fabulous. The set design and lighting was truly exceptional. It was a treat for the senses. I particularly liked the psychedelic portions of the show (Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Lady Madonna, Sgt PeppersLonely Hearts club Band). See this show! It’s worth it.
Years before I saw Zumanity and was disappointed. It’s crass, vulgar and totally forgettable. Don’t waste your money on this show.

29 10 2009

The show looks fantastic!! My wife and I saw O in Vegas by Cirque. That we cool. This looks completely different.

That’s what I love about Cirque du Soleil – they always have something fresh, new, and different. Only wish their tickets weren’t so expensive.

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