'The Beatles LOVE' is a fab tribute
The first thing the audience hears when Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles LOVE (The Mirage, 702.792.7777) begins is some impromptu-sounding chatter among the four members of The Beatles, as they banter with each other about what song they’re playing. It’s a casual, almost off-handed way to introduce the iconic musicians, and the show that follows changed the perception of the Las Vegas tribute act forever when it was introduced in 2006. There are no Beatles impersonators in LOVE, and the band members themselves (Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr) are seen only in brief video clips, including in a sort of projected curtain call at the end.
Instead, LOVE is a psychedelic, kaleidoscopic interpretation of vintage Beatles recordings through Cirque’s distinctive style, with acrobats and dancers creating a fantasy world that mashes up historical periods (the London Blitz of World War II, the birth of rock and roll in the 1950s, the hippie movement of the 1960s) with fanciful costumes and intricate choreography. The elaborate set pieces for songs like “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” and “Get Back” are astonishing, but the quiet, small-scale numbers for songs like “Something” and “Yesterday” are just as impressive. It’s a tribute show only Cirque du Soleil could create.
The Mirage, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat., $79-$180 plus tax and fee. 702.792.7777