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April 19, 2006

LOVE: The Beatles + Cirque de Soleil at The Mirage

Posted by Hunter

Looks like Cirque went ahead and released a bunch of information about the new show at The Mirage on their Web site, without all the fanfare of a press release, etc...

Tickets are now available for 'LOVE', which is the title of the show.

There are rehearsal photos, a brief background on the show, and more at the Web site.

Previews start in June and the show opens July 2nd. Tickets run from $69 to $150.

Update: Complete press release included below.

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Las Vegas, NV - April 19, 2006 - Preview performances begin June 2 for The Beatles LOVE, the latest Cirque du Soleil production which celebrates the musical legacy of The Beatles. The Gala Premiere will be held Friday, June 30, 2006. LOVE will be presented exclusively at The Mirage in Las Vegas. This joint artistic venture marks the first time that The Beatles company, Apple Corps Ltd., has agreed to a major theatrical partnership. The project was born out of a personal friendship and mutual admiration between the late George Harrison and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté.

LOVE will bring 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.

Sir George Martin, The Beatles original producer, and his son Giles Martin have been working with the entire archive of Beatles recordings to create the musical component for LOVE. The result is an unprecedented approach to the music for a stage production. "After spending more than 40 years of my life working with The Beatles and their wonderful music, I am thrilled to be working with it once again, on this exciting project with Cirque du Soleil," said Sir George Martin, "The show will be a unique and magical experience."

Using the master tapes at Abbey Road Studios, Sir George and Giles have created a unique soundscape for LOVE. "I think we will achieve a real sense of drama with the music, the audience will feel as though they are actually in the theatre with the band. People are going to be knocked out by what they are hearing!" said Giles Martin.

Dominic Champagne directed and wrote the original concept for the show which captures the essence of love that John, Paul, George and Ringo inspired during their astonishing adventure together. LOVE evokes the exuberant and irreverent spirit of The Beatles. "When we embarked on this extraordinary adventure in 2002," said Gilles Ste-Croix, Show Concept Creator and Director of Creation, "we set out to create a timeless, three-dimensional evocation of The Beatles music. Drawn from the poetry of the lyrics, we developed a preliminary concept that explored the content of the songs in a series of scenes inhabited by real and imaginary people." The international cast of 60 channels a raw, youthful energy underscored by aerial performance, extreme sports and urban, freestyle dance.

LOVE will be presented in a custom-built theatre at The Mirage featuring 360˚ seating and advanced high definition video projections with 100-foot digital, moving images. The panoramic surround sound system will envelop the audience who will experience The Beatles music like never before...

Apple Corps Ltd. is planning to release the album through EMI Music later this year.

Cirque du Soleil Creative Team:
Guy Laliberté - Guide, Show Concept Creator
Dominic Champagne - Director, Show Concept Writer
Gilles Ste-Croix - Director of Creation, Show Concept Creator
Chantal Tremblay - Associate Director of Creation
Jean Rabasse - Theatre and Set Designer
Philippe Guillotel - Costume Designer
Jonathan Deans - Sound Designer
Yves Aucoin - Lighting Designer
Francis Laporte - Video Projection Designer
Hansel Cereza and Dave St-Pierre - Choreographers
Guy St-Amour - Acrobatic & Rigging Designer
Daniel Cola - Acrobatic Performance Designer
Nathalie Gagné - Make-up Designer
Patricia Ruel - Props Designer
Michael Curry - Puppet Designer
Guest Creators:
André Simard - Aerial Acrobatic Designer
Alexis Martin - Dramaturge Consultant
François Pérusse - Comic Audio-clips Designer

For Apple Corps Ltd.:
Sir George Martin - Music Director
Giles Martin - Music Director
Neil Aspinall - Executive Producer

Tickets to LOVE will be on sale at 9:00am April 19.

*$150, $125, $99, $69
All preview performances* will be discounted 25 percent.
*Preview performances for LOVE begin June 2 and run through June 29. During these performances, the creative team is in the very final stages of production. The audience's reaction and participation is an important step in this process. The artistic direction of LOVE reserves the right to interrupt the performance to make adjustments as necessary.

Preview performances will be presented nightly at 7:00pm. In addition, there will 10:30pm performances on limited dates. Please consult the most current show schedule at <> . Schedule is subject to change without notice.

Following the preview period, LOVE will be performed Thursday through Monday with no shows on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Beginning July 1, there will be two shows nightly at 7:30pm & 10:30pm.

By phone: 702 792 7777 or 800 963 9634
Online: <> , <> or <> .
In person: At the LOVE box office at The Mirage or any of the MGM MIRAGE box offices in Las Vegas.


Read archived comments (10 so far)
April 19, 2006 1:05 PM Posted by detroit1051

Great information, Hunter. Thanks!

I believe this will become the #1 must-see show in Las Vegas and will put The Mirage back at the top again. It's the show Steve should have had for Wynn Las Vegas.

Who would have thought visitors wouldn't think twice about paying $150 a ticket for shows?

April 19, 2006 1:16 PM Posted by Hunter

Thanks, I think I scooped a few people on this one. is claiming they were there first, but with all due respect to Chuck, I believe my timestamp is earlier. :-)

April 21, 2006 7:59 AM Posted by Hunter

Ok... I rescind the last comment. VegasTripping did have the inside track on this one... Either way, the show is gonna be great - can't wait.

July 15, 2007 9:11 PM Posted by KERROD BRIGG

I would like to enquire as to whether the production of "Love - The Beatles + Cirque de Soleil" will be coming to Australia, and if so, when would it be likely to be in Brisbane, the Queensland capital?

Thank you for the opportunity to make this request.

Kerrod Brigg

July 16, 2007 5:44 AM Posted by Michael Lu

I don't think it's going to happen. It isn't a traveling Cirque show like Saltimbanco, Delirium, or Varekai. You pretty much need a theatre that is specially built for Love

July 16, 2007 1:18 PM Posted by Brian Fey

I think MGM-Mirage has special agreements with CDS. None of the shows in Vegas, travel, or are offered on DVD, like the rest of the CDS shows.

February 12, 2008 3:57 PM Posted by krystal

Love Love Love the show is it available on DVD

August 5, 2008 12:57 PM Posted by Leeana Robb

When will Love Cirque de solei end? I noticed the last show you could order tickets for is in December. I want to go in March 2009. Will it still be going on then?

August 5, 2008 7:19 PM Posted by Brian Fey

Love will be showing at Mirage for many years to come. I look for Love to easily be playing 10 years from now. You can only buy tickets for CDS shows so far into the future. Just check back later as the time gets closer. Many shows do close for vacation time in December. The show is truly amazing.

August 11, 2008 6:12 PM Posted by jose

when the dvd of the show will be available?????