Despite the similarity in their nomenclature, the circus and Cirque du Soleil have little in common. The former has costuming, props and acrobatics, and there may be that singular moment when adults are truly awed, but we all know when it’s coming. The latter transports you to a state of continuous awe and the emotions raised are profound.
My first Cirque du Soleil experience, the Beatles LOVE theatrical production, surpassed my wildest expectations. Completely captivated by the exquisite costuming, outlandish props, unconventional choreography, I found it awe inspiring and overwhelming. I found myself on the brink of tears several times, particularly during one of the least-fussy pieces, Something.
Comprised of dancers, character actors and acrobats ranging in age from 9 to 74, the LOVE cast throw themselves intently into their roles with seemingly effortless energy. The theatrics and acrobatics enhance and completely support the music.
With a panoramic view and enveloped by the unparalleled surround sound resulting from three speakers embedded in each seat, there’s no such thing as a bad seat. Ferried away by the the sights, sounds, it’s even an olfactory experience with incense from Tibet. Sensory onslaught is a foregone conclusion.
You don’t need to be a fan of Beatles music to appreciate the masterful way this sheer spectacle is presented. The changing political landscape of the 60s and its historical significance is a concurrent storyline to that of the band’s evolution.
Take it from me: Don’t bother with the circus; save your hard-earned cash for a trip to Vegas. The Beatles LOVE show is worth the trip, even if that’s all you do.