Not enough adjectives to describe Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Love’

We started the whole trip off with a visit to Las Vegas on June 5 to see the Cirque du Soleil production of “Love,” set to the music of the Beatles.

They were going to take two days off and then come back on June 8 with their fifth anniversary show attended by Sir Paul McCartney, George Harrison’s widow Olivia, Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono, along with other friends and dignitaries.

Since the show opened in 2006, we have been told several times by customers of Triple Play that had already been to the show that we really needed to see it because it was great. Having never been to a Cirque du Soleil show of any type, I had no idea what to expect but I knew one thing for sure: the music would be good. Good, great, amazing, awesome, incredible, unbelievable!

Those are just some of the adjectives I would use in describing what Kenda and I and all the rest of the folks who attended the 7 p.m. show at the Mirage Hotel and Casino witnessed, as evidenced by the rousing standing ovation for the cast at the end of the show and the comments we heard and made.

It is even more incredible after seeing the show to realize that they do it again at 9:30 p.m., some 30 minutes after the first one ends. Amazing!

This is from Dominic Champagne, director, writer and concept creator: “With their extraordinary music, unique voices, and irrepressible charisma, the Beatles united us all, spreading tremendous joy and striking a magical chord deep within. Tonight, together, we celebrate their journey, recalling the fabulous odyssey that graced the world with its musical gifts. The first song being like the last, words of LOVE. Tonight, their spiritual magic unites them once again, and them with us.”

Love opens with Mr. Piggy, the narrator, a conservative stating his disdain for this rock ‘n’ roll, an a capella version of “Because” as acrobats dressed as sailors ascend from below stage level up into the skywalk.

This is followed with Mr. Piggy and an old-school traditionalist, stating his disdain for this rock ‘n’ roll phenomenon. Next, flash forward to the final rooftop concert at Apple Studios in England in 1969 as a live version of “Get Back” plays throughout.

The psychedelic stage props, mixed with the ‘60s retro lighting and costumes of the cast, really set this one off. Other songs that really stand out that I can remember are “Glass Onion,” “I Am the Walrus,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “Help,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Hey Jude,” and “A Day In the Life.” The show closed with “All You Need Is Love” and by then, even Mr. Piggy was converted.

They were much more than just songs when the element of Cirque du Soleil was added. The incredible dancing and acrobatic skills that each cast member possesses was amazing to watch. It was pretty obvious to us that all of these cast members who were equally adept dancing or doing acrobatics on a rope from way up high in the catwalk were incredibly strong.

There are three levels in this theater. We were on the stage level and it was terrific. The only problem is that there is so much going on at all levels. You can get too focused on what is going on right in front of you and miss everything that is going on above you.

Next time we go, we are going to sit in the middle level, and we will be going back again. There was a couple in front of us who said it was their third time and that sounds fine to me.

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Rock Cesario owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts “Acoustic Sunday” from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday on Drive 105.3 FM. Email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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