Wednesday, September 06, 2006

SHOW STOPPER: "The Beatles Love" by Cirque du Soleil

Over the Labor Day weekend, I was in Las Vegas and went to see the new Beatles-themed Cirque du Soleil show "Love" at the Mirage. The show replaces the Siegfried & Roy show that has ended due to Roy’s tragic injury from one of his tigers.

I have been to 3 other Cirque du Soleil shows and this one too is full of the manic dancing and acrobatic exploits of dozens of performers. But the real star of the show is the music which was remixed by Beatles-producer George Martin and his son Giles. Familiar songs are stripped of their vocals that are then replaced by the vocals of other songs. One of the memorable instances of this was the use of instrumentality of Ringo’s Good Night, the final song on the White Album, along with the vocals of Ringo’s Octopus’s Garden, from Abbey Road. Elements from three and four songs are often mixed.

I get the impression that there will be other Beatles-themed shows in the future because so much of the Beatles catalogue was ignored.

Overall, a great show. I highly recommend it on your next visit to the sin city.

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