I went to see one of the *preview* performances of LOVE, the new Cirque show based on music of The Beatles. It is playing at The Mirage, in the theater that used to be the home of Siegfried and Roy until the incident that left Roy fighting for his life.
LOVE is in previews, which means that Cirque is not issuing press tickets and they would rather I didn't publish this at all. To be fair, I fully understand that this is not the final version of the show and that subject matter may change. That's fine. Keep reading after the jump...
In a nutshell, I enjoyed the show. It's still not perfect but that's what these previews are for.
Coming out of the theater, I overheard many people saying the same thing - the show needs to be tightened up a bit. There are scenes that go on too long and simply by trimming some of that fat, they'll have a very strong show.
The music is fantastic with the songs of The Beatles transformed. Songs are extended, merged together, pitch shifted and more. If you're a Beatles purist, you might not like it but I think you'd have to be pretty insane to take that position.
The theater is unrecognizable from the Siegfried and Roy days with the neatest feature being the speakers that are all over - in the front of your seat, in the back of your seat, all over. The place *sounds* fantastic.
Thinking more about the show, I would say it is the most 'accessible' CDS show out there. For instance, instead of the strange, 'out there' costumes used in shows like 'O' and 'Mystere', the majority of the folks in this show are wearing clothes that are a twist on 1960s fashion. They've certainly integrated some of that 60's style into the scenes as well. One of my favorites involved trampoline super-jumpers and roller skaters.
'LOVE' is going to be a big hit and doing a show with The Beatles is a coup for The Mirage and Cirque. I can't wait to see it again after it leaves previews and they make some of the tweaks that I think everyone knows they need to make. Nip, tuck, showtime.