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The Beatles come to Vegas

By Chuckmonster on Monday, 18th October 2004 11:21am
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The Beatles are teaming up with Cirque du Soleil to create a theatrical production that will replace the legendary Siegfried & Roy act at the Mirage hotel-casino in Las Vegas. It is the first major theatrical partnership for the Beatles, said Neil Aspinall, managing director of the band's Apple Corps label.

The remaining members of the group, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, will help shape the production but will not appear in it. Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, respective widows of late members John Lennon and George Harrison, also will collaborate.

The deal for the joint venture was reached last week between Cirque du Soleil, Apple and the Mirage, said Bill McBeath, the hotel-casino's president and chief operating officer. The yet untitled show is expected to cost more than $100 million and should be ready in about 20 months, he said.

Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte didn't reveal much about the 90-minute Beatles show, other to say it would contain the Canadian company's famous acrobatics and be a celebration of Beatles music.

The songs to be used in the show are undecided, but Cirque du Soleil will have complete access to The Beatles' musical archive. Other show details remained closely guarded.



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