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2006-May-24: First Peek at LOVE

LOVE logoThe concept was born as a result of the personal friendship and mutual admiration between the late George Harrison and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte. Now the first joint artistic venture between The Beatles company, Apple Corps Ltd., and a major theatrical production company is about to be revealed to the world. The first sneak preview of LOVE, Cirque du Soleil's celebration of the music of The Beatles, was unveiled today at a press conference held in the custom-built theater at the Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada. You, too, can view the multimedia press release at

During the press conference, music directors Sir George Martin and his son Giles Martin described how they used The Beatles' Abbey Road Studios master tapes to generate the soundtrack for LOVE:

"I think we will achieve a real sense of drama with the music, the audience will feel as though they are actually in the theater with the band. People are going to be knocked out by what they are hearing! 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'. We also wanted to put in some interesting and not well-known Beatles music and use fragments of songs. The show will be a unique and magical experience."

Dominic Champagne, who directed and wrote the original concept for the show, added:

"I wanted to create a Beatles experience rather than a Beatles story, taking the audience on an emotional journey rather than a chronological one."

Gilles Ste-Croix, Show Concept Creator and Director of Creation stated:

"When we embarked on this extraordinary adventure in 2002, we set out to create a timeless, three-dimensional evocation of The Beatles music. Drawn from the poetry of the lyrics, we developed a preliminary concept that explored the content of the songs in a series of scenes inhabited by real and imaginary people."

Preview performances for LOVE will begin June 2 at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The Gala Premiere will be held on Friday, June 30. Apple Corps Ltd. is planning to release the LOVE soundtrack album later this year.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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