by Terri D?Richards
This super Cirque-adelic Lovefest combines director Dominic Champagne?s wildly fanciful interpretations of The Beatles music and history performed to the very best of the beloved band?s hit songs. The tracks used in the production represent two years in Abby Road studios for famed Beatles producer George Martin and his son Giles. The team used original master recordings from The Beatles catalog, combined with bits and pieces of songs, alternate vocal takes, and in studio banter. 25 full songs, as well as more than 100 other fragments make for an entirely one-of-a kind Beatles sound, and a souvenir soundtrack worth purchasing.
The LOVE theatre itself also boasts very unique details. Although fairly large in seating capacity, the room uses a theater-in-the-round structure whereby no seat is more than 98 feet from the stage, creating an appropriate level of intimacy for the audience. The full experience, however, proves much more profound in the three topmost (A,B & C) ticket categories. From the remarkable amount of props, effects, aerial and other elements used throughout the production, one can easily sense a high level of technology involved, yet to the production?s credit, all this wizardry remains seamlessly tucked away, never distracting from the music and performers.
The show sets audiences on a swinging, dancing, moving, grooving, magical, mystical journey that provides a living, breathing interpretation not only of the story in each song, but also of the extraordinarily gifted individuals that created the music that shaped their generation, as well as future ones. The talented cast of dancers and acrobats progress through The Beatles World: from their youth in WWII & post-war Liverpool, through the band?s meteoric popularity by the time they made their debut stateside, on into the psychedelic period and final performance on a London rooftop.
The events are not presented as a straight chronology, instead a device of characters from the Beatles lexicon such as the Nowhere Men, Sgt Pepper and The Fool guide audiences on an ?Alice in Beatles-land? trip through the rabbit hole, where time and music collide in breathtaking harmony. Interspersed, catch glimpses of the Fab Four themselves in projected images, studio sound bites and most playfully in a very Beatle-esque shadow projection piece collaged together by Qu?becois comedian Fran?ois P?russe, creating a fictionalized interplay between John, Paul, George and Ringo from The Beatles master tapes.
As a tribute to the Beatles legacy, as an energetic tour-de-fource of dance, aerial and acrobatic performance, as a nostalgic nod to an era that re-shaped society, as pure Las Vegas entertainment, LOVE is all you need.