When first entering the ticket area at The Mirage Las Vegas hotel, there is a British look and feel. Some said while entering, that they felt like being somewhere in England, Abbey Road Studios or a Beatles movie set. The translucent floor and back wall changes color behind a large The Beatles LOVE logo. That is the area most popular with tourists and locals alike. Kids and parents take pictures of each other posing or jumping like in the LOVE show poster. As seen below, I could not resist having a picture taken of myself in front of The Beatles LOVE logo.
Photo by Chris Rauschnot | @24k
Photo by Chris Rauschnot | @24k
The conversion into an all 60’s era British setting continues with the ticket takers. Some are dressed as Buckingham Palace guards (Bobby’s) or the ladies donned the Baby doll dresses all tweaked with that certain Cirque Du Soleil flair. Then, you are directed towards a quadrant of the theatre which is set in the round.
Once you enter the theatre, you are shown to a lower, mid or upper seating section. I was able to view the show from the upper part of the mid section seats. Before the show started, I went to view the stage from the upper most seats. The view from these seats were also nice, so anyone hesitant to pay a little less to see the show or for those on a tighter Las Vegas visiting budget, need not worry.
The show starts in signature Cirque Du Soleil style, with a few characters roaming the crowd, waving to some, while subtlety directing people to look for the next scene. The stage in the center changes quickly and is fluid between the show’s 27 scenes. There are four large curtains that turn into projection screens that also change length to adapt to the song being played.
The Beatles music that is played during the show is from the master tapes of the original recordings that were made at Abbey Road Studios. Since people are at the show to hear the music of the Beatles, Cirque has installed an amazing speaker system that is incredibly clear. The music moves the cast of 60 amazing dancers and acrobats through the start of The Beatles career to their final concert performance. I have been to several IMAX, IMAX 3D and Digital IMAX screens around the world, and the way the visuals are brought together with the music in this show, is something I have never experienced.
Having not been the biggest Beatles fan allowed me to hear a few songs for the first time. I now know why they continue to have a timeless sound which is truly unique. There are a few edgy parts to the show which literally bring their music to the center of the stage. The scene changes are like seeing a live movie being produced in front of you, without the feeling of being at an extremely long Broadway show.
LOVE is not a typical Cirque Du Soleil show, which is great for anyone wanting to experience The Beatles music again or for the first time, in a unique collaboration not seen elsewhere on the Las Vegas Strip.
Editor’s note: The following post was written by Christopher Rauschnot, who is a friend of Social Media and Web 2.0. He has been an Internet Entrepreneur for over 10 years. He works with MyVegasScene.com as the voice behind its Twitter @MyVegasScene and blogs about PC & Macintosh Technology over at TheMacWizard.com. Follow him on Twitter at @24k.Tags: Cirque du Soleil, LOVE The Beatles Show, The Mirage Hotel Las Vegas