LOVE, the soundtrack to the Beatles Cirque du Soleil show in Las
Vegas, was released on November 21, 2006. The Beatles' record producer,
George Martin and his son, Giles Martin, were music directors for the
project which resulted in a 78-minute audio collage of Beatles songs.
The soundtrack includes audio snippets from 200 Beatles songs, many of
which are re-mixed in a "mash-up" style.
1. Because 2. Get Back 3. Glass Onion 4. Eleanor Rigby/Julia (Transition) 5. I Am The Walrus 6. I Want To Hold Your Hand 7. Drive My Car/The Word/What You're Doing 8. Gnik Nus
9. Something/Blue Jay Way (Transition) 10. Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!/I Want You (She's So Heavy)/Helter Skelter
11. Help! 12. Blackbird/Yesterday 13. Strawberry Fields Forever 14. Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows 15. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds 16. Octopus's Garden 17. Lady Madonna 18. Here Comes The Sun/The Inner Light (Transition) 19. Come Together/Dear Prudence/Cry Baby Cry (Transition) 20. Revolution 21. Back In The U.S.S.R. 22. While My Guitar Gently Weeps 23. A Day In The Life 24. Hey Jude 25. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) 26. All You Need Is Love
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LOVE show opened July 2, 2006 for indefinite run
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 Lalibert.
LOVE is presented in a custom-built theatre at The Mirage
featuring 360 degree seating and advanced high definition video
projections with 100-foot digital, moving images. The panoramic
surround sound system featuring speakers in each person's seat enables
the audience to experience The Beatles music like never before.
First aired in 2008, an exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary
about the Beatles LOVE show was released on DVD on February 9, 2010
called All Together Now, which features appearances by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.
In 2010, All Together Now won a Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video.
LOVE Cirque du Soleil Show playing at The Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas
Review by Shelley Germeaux
The idea for a Beatles Cirque show began with a conversation between
George Harrison and Guy Laliberte, the founder of the Cirque, in 2000.
Harrison and Laliberte were big fans of each other's work, and together
they agreed that the Beatles and the Cirque could form a great creative
marriage. Yoko Ono coined the perfect phrase when she said, "I think
it's a great combination: the Beatles' agile mind and the Cirque's
George did not live to see this dream fulfilled, but his wife Olivia
pursued the project with the other Beatles and Apple. After three years
of deliberation between Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison
and Yoko Ono, with the Cirque, Apple, and the Mirage Hotel, the first
major theatrical partnership for the Beatles became official. Olivia
worked personally with the creators in selecting which of George's
songs and music to use, including for example, a demo tape of "While My
Guitar Gently Weeps" instead of the commercial version.
Dominic Champagne worked to create a theatrical production that would
tell the story of the Beatles through dance, cirque-style acrobatics,
and video. It is a magical world consisting of the various characters
in the Beatles songs, like the Walrus, Julia, Sgt. Pepper, and Lady
The show was done "in reverse" of what the
Cirque creators were used to, according to the show's creation
director, Chantal Tremblay. Usually the Cirque shows are focused on the
acrobatic routines and the performers, and the music is written around
that. But this time, the Beatles' music comes first, and the storyline
is written to fit that music.
The characters are incredibly
surreal, and interesting medleys and fragments of Beatles music are
fused with each other in a way that is extremely effective. The Beatles
voices are sometimes in conversation as their silhouettes are
periodically shown on the screens. Even a VW Beetle is featured with
the license plate "28 IF" as it is shown on the cover of Abbey Road,
commemorating not just the album, but a tongue in cheek reference to
the "Paul is Dead" hoax.
Jean Rabasse, the set designer, spent
a rumored $100 million creating a set that would "surround the Beatles
with a bubble" and make each person in the 2,000 seat theater feel
closely connected with the performance. The most technologically
advanced theater ever built, the stage is in the center, with jutting
aisles that allow the performers to come in and out of various
entrances. Scenes contain moving platforms, changing skies, and huge
There are two huge 2,000 square foot panoramic
screens on the far walls, and four other semi-transparent screens that
scroll into the stage area at various times, giving each person a
close-up view of various images of the Beatles.
and his son Giles created the soundtrack from 200 Beatles songs
(including studio takes), from the original master tapes. This was no
easy task, when you consider that just 30 full songs would fill a
90-minute show. Most of the numbers are dramatic re-mixes in a
"mash-up" style that is becoming so popular with contemporary music.
There is no actual song list for the show because of the fact that only
fragments of many songs are used throughout the production. For
example, imagine hearing Ringo's drum solo on Abbey Road, while it
flows into the opening beats of "Get Back." The effect is stunning and
keeps the production moving so startlingly quick, you are always
surprised at what you are seeing and hearing.
Sir George said
while they wanted to be sure to use solid hits in the score, he wasn't
out to make it "the best of" the Beatles. They used many interesting
and lesser-known pieces, fragments, parts of demos, and even some
conversations of the Beatles in the studio, that would make the
production seem intimate and real. With 6,341 speakers, (including
three speakers in each seat), the technology in this panoramic theater
makes you feel that you are sitting right there with the Beatles in the
studio. As Sir George commented, "people are going to be knocked out by
what they are hearing!"
Indeed, the magic would be lost if the
full song-list were published, just as trying to describe the full show
itself is impossible to do. What follows is a general outline of the
show, and my reactions to it; but the magic is in experiencing the show
itself. I strongly recommend that every Beatle fan see it. It's a
transforming experience, one you will not regret.
The gala premiere on June 30, 2006 created the Beatles family reunion
we never thought would happen-- Sir George Martin and son Giles, Paul
McCartney, Ringo Starr and wife Barbara Bach, Yoko Ono, Olivia Harrison
and son Dhani, even John's first wife Cynthia and son Julian Lennon all
strolled down the red carpet to talk to reporters and have photos taken
before entering the theater. Sean Lennon, John's son with Yoko, was
unfortunately a no-show.
was a star-studded event that also included Siegfried and Roy, in a
respectful torch-passing for the theater that previously included their
tiger act; Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys; all the members of Ringo's
2006 All Starr Band, who performed the next night, Sheila E, Edgar
Winter, Rod Argent, Richard Marx, Billy Squier, and Hamish Stuart.
Composer and Harrison friend Jeff Lynne was there, as well as Neil
Aspinall (Director of Apple), Eric Idle (Monty Python), Vegas legend
Robert Goulet, Debbie Harrie (Blondie), actor Paul Reiser, Michael
Richards (Kramer of Seinfeld), Little Steven Van Zandt (Sopranos), and
the infamous Carrot Top.