Director - Dominic Champagne, Music Directors – Sir George Martin & Giles Martin
GALA PREMIERE ON FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2006
Las Vegas, NV - June 27, 2006 - Cirque du Soleil, Apple Corps Ltd. and
The Mirage will host the Gala Premiere for LOVE on Friday, June 30, 2006. Following the two
premiere performances at 7:00pm and 10:30pm, more than 4000 guests will be invited to an
exclusive party to celebrate LOVE at The Mirage Events Center.
LOVE, the latest Cirque du Soleil creation, a co-production with Apple Corps Ltd.,
celebrates the musical legacy of The Beatles and is presented exclusively at The Mirage in
Las Vegas. 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 Laliberté.
LOVE brings the magic of Cirque du Soleil together with the spirit and passion of
The Beatles to create an intimate and powerful entertainment experience.
It captures the essence of love that John, Paul, George and Ringo inspired during their
astonishing adventure together.
Sir George Martin, The Beatles original producer, and his son Giles Martin have been
working with the entire archive of Beatles recordings to create the musical component
for LOVE. The result is an unprecedented approach to the music for a stage production.
"I think we have achieved a real sense of drama with the music, the audience will feel
as though they are actually in the theatre with the band. People are going to be knocked
out by what they are hearing!" said Giles Martin.
Using the master tapes at Abbey Road Studios, Sir George and Giles have created a unique
soundscape for LOVE. "We wanted to make sure there are enough good, solid hit songs in
the show, but we don't want it to be a catalog of 'best of's'," said Sir George Martin.
"We also wanted to put in some interesting and not well-known Beatles music and use fragments
of songs. The show is a unique and magical experience.".
Dominic Champagne, who directed and wrote the original concept for the show, explained his
vision for LOVE. "I wanted to create a Beatles experience rather than a Beatles story,
taking the audience on an emotional journey rather than a chronological one, exploring the
landscapes and experiences that have marked the group's history," said the director.
LOVE is a Rock 'n' Roll poem, a magical mystery tour into the heart and soul of
The Beatles music through an exploration of the aesthetic, political and spiritual
trends of the 1960s. Inspired by the poetry of the lyrics, the creative team designed a
series of scenes inhabited by colorful characters in extravagant costumes.
The international cast of 60 channels a raw, youthful energy evoking the exuberant and
irreverent spirit of The Beatles. High-energy fusions of urban, freestyle dance, aerial
performance and fast-paced athleticism make LOVE a visual and musical feast.
LOVE is presented in a custom-built theatre at The Mirage featuring 360° seating and
advanced high definition video projections with 100-foot digital, moving images.
The panoramic surround sound system will envelop the audience who will experience
The Beatles music like never before...
Apple Corps Ltd. is planning to release the LOVE album through EMI Music later this year.
Inspiration: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr
Cirque du Soleil Creative Team:
Guy Laliberté - Guide, Show Concept Creator
Dominic Champagne - Director and Writer, Show Concept Creator
Gilles Ste-Croix - Director of Creation, Show Concept Creator
Chantal Tremblay - Associate Director of Creation
Jean Rabasse - Theatre and Set Designer
Philippe Guillotel - Costume Designer
Jonathan Deans - Sound Designer
Yves Aucoin - Lighting Designer
Francis Laporte - Video Projection Designer
Hansel Cereza and Dave St-Pierre - Choreographers
Guy St-Amour - Acrobatic & Rigging Designer
Daniel Cola - Acrobatic Performance Designer
Nathalie Gagné - Make-up Designer
Patricia Ruel - Props Designer
Michael Curry - Puppet Designer
Geneviève Dorion-Coupal - Choreographer
Daniel Ezralow - Choreographer
Margie Gillis - Choreographer
Alexis Martin - Dramaturge Consultant
François Pérusse - Comic Audio-clips Designer
André Simard - Aerial Acrobatic Designer
For Apple Corps Ltd.:
Sir George Martin - Music Director
Giles Martin - Music Director
Neil Aspinall - Executive Producer
$150, $125, $99, $69
LOVE will be performed Thursday through Monday with no shows on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
There will be two shows nightly at 7:30pm & 10:30pm.
TO RESERVE TICKETS:
By phone: 702 792 7777 or 800 963 9634
Online: www.cirquedusoleil.com, www.thebeatles.com
In person: At the LOVE box office at The Mirage or any of the MGM MIRAGE box
offices in Las Vegas.
Ownership of the trademarks: Apple Corps Limited for The Beatles (word & design), ™ Cirque du Soleil for Cirque du Soleil (word
& design) ® and The Cirque Apple Creation Partnership for LOVE (word & design). ™ Trademarks used under license.