By Tess Eyrich | July 6, 2016 | Culture
Cirque Du Soleil's The Beatles Love caps off 10 years in Vegas with a creative overhaul.
Little darlin’! “Here Comes the Sun” never looked or sounded as good as it does in The Beatles Love at the Mirage.
To hear Dominic Champagne speak about The Beatles Love, you might think he’s describing something more akin to a religious awakening than a smash-hit Cirque du Soleil production. Champagne, who co-created the show a decade ago with the Beatles’ legendary producer, the late Sir George Martin, and Martin’s son Giles, often refers to Love in spiritual terms, describing the show as a “surreal, psychedelic communion” with its circular stage as the altar. As Champagne and Martin ready to toast 10 years of the show this July, its disciples will enjoy a reborn Love enhanced by heightened sound and visual elements—think reworked costumes, hand-drawn projections, and never-before-seen archival footage of the band—as well as an entirely new number choreographed around the Fab Four’s 1963 hit “Twist and Shout.” Creative evolution might be inevitable, but for Champagne, working with the Beatles’ catalog is an undertaking that will never lose its shine. “Their music reflects a great humanity, an adventure people had together,” he remarks. “I’m not just saying those guys were the apostles of peace and love in the ’60s, but they were part of this great wave of youth, energy, opening horizons, traveling around the world, being chased by girls—all things that continue to make people feel good.” The Mirage, 702-792-7777
Photography by Matt Beard (texture); Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images (performer)