Sunday, June 11, 2006


The new Cirque du Soleil show in Vegas is a Beatles-fest called LOVE. The website is groovy, but I have some doubts about the show. I have seen Cirque du Soleil a couple of times and it's a very sensory overload experience (in a good way) with sporatic moments of genius.

I expect this one won't be any different, BUT I just keep imagining the scene in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas when Thompson and his attorney fight their way into a Debby Reynolds Vegas tribute to the Beatles and come out in hysterics. Is it because Debby does the Beatles with cheese? Of course, but what makes it really funny on a deeper level is the juxtaposition of Vegas and Beatles. The two simply should not go together. They represent totally opposed ideologies.

That said, I guess if anyone can pull it off, it's this circus. The Octopus's Garden number looks visually spectacular, they've captured the Yellow Submarine-like vibe happening in that song. And from what I've heard, George Martin and his son have re-mixed some of the recordings from the Anthology, coming up with interesting new creations like taking Strawberry Fields Forever from John's first tenative strummings to it's fully orchestrated ending, illuminating the creative process. That, with accompanying artistic eye-candy couldn't hurt--too much.

Born from a personal friendship and mutual admiration between the late George Harrison and Cirque founder Guy Laliberté, LOVE brings the magic of Cirque du Soleil together with the spirit and passion behind the most beloved rock group of all time to create a vivid, intimate and powerful entertainment experience.

LOVE evokes the exuberant and irreverent spirit of The Beatles, as interpreted through the youthful, urban energy of a cast of 60 international artists. Using the master tapes at Abbey Road studios, Sir George Martin and Giles Martin have created a unique soundscape of The Beatles music for LOVE. The custom-built theatre at The Mirage features 360° seating, panoramic video projections and surround sound which will envelop the audience, who will experience The Beatles music like never before...


Anonymous Howard Muhlberg said...

I LOVE the Beatles, like Cirque du Soleil a lot, but after scouring the website for this show, I've lost all respect for the latter, since there was not one mention of one no-brainer song that, if not included in this show, means that the Cirque people are idiots, and so are any Beatles reps who were involved.

The song?

Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite

For the benefit of Mr. Kite
There will be a show tonight on trampoline
The Hendersons will all be there
Late of Pablo-Fanques Fair, what a scene
Over men and horses hoops and garters
Lastly through a hogshead of real fire!
In this way Mr. K. will challenge the world!

The celebrated Mr. K.
Performs his feat on Saturday at Bishopsgate
The Hendersons will dance and sing
As Mr. Kite flies through the ring don't be late
Messrs. K and H. assure the public
Their production will be second to none
And of course Henry The Horse dances the waltz!

The band begins at ten to six
When Mr. K. performs his tricks without a sound
And Mr. H. will demonstrate
Ten somersettes he'll undertake on solid ground
Having been some days in preparation
A splendid time is guaranteed for all
And tonight Mr. Kite is topping the bill.

13 June, 2006  
Blogger genetic lorax said...

Good point! :-) I never liked that song that much, but it would be PERFECT as a pre-show song.

16 June, 2006  

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