It’s a concept that goes back nearly 20 years, and it makes so much sense you wonder why it didn’t happen sooner: a Cirque du Soleil show built around the revered catalog of the Fab Four right in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Beatles legend George Harrison and Cirque co-founder Guy Laliberté initially discussed the concept in 2000, and after about six years of negotiations, collaborations and planning—and some 4½ years after Harrison’s death—The Beatles LOVE debuted inside a custom-built, $100 million theater at The Mirage.

To say the mashup has worked is an understatement along the lines of saying Vegas summers are a tad tepid: Nearly 10 million people have taken in more than 5,000 performances of a show that next month will celebrate its 12th anniversary. To put that number into perspective, consider this: The Beatles LOVE has lasted two years longer than The Beatles themselves.

The Mirage, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat., $79-$180 plus tax and fee. 702.792.7777