Home » VT News » Coming to Mirage: Sgt. Peppers Lonely Cirque du Soleil

Coming to Mirage: Sgt. Peppers Lonely Cirque du Soleil

By Chuckmonster on Friday, 7th January 2005 9:51am
  » filed under Las Vegas  comments: 0


The Beatles are off to join the circus in Las Vegas, and it all started with George Harrison's passion for Formula One motor racing. After a three-year courtship with Cirque du Soleil, the world's most famous band have agreed for the first time to collaborate on a stage show with the world's biggest circus. Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney (news) and Ringo Starr (news) have signed up along with the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison. Producer George Martin, known as the Fifth Beatle, will be musical director for the show being staged in a custom-built $100 million theater at the Mirage casino on the Las Vegas strip. The collaboration began because George Harrison and Guy Laliberte, the French-Canadian stilt-walker who founded Cirque du Soleil in 1984, loved watching fast cars. Cirque du Soleil president Daniel Lamarre described the courtship that flowered in Montreal, headquarters of the multi-million dollar circus empire that has troupes performing around the globe.

"Every year, Guy used to organize a party for friends from all over the world in Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix," he told Reuters.

"George came along and a bunch of (Cirque) artists and musicians convinced him to come and see some of our shows.

"George introduced us to the other members of the band and we started courting them. Two events then made it happen."

They met in London with George, Ringo, Paul and Lennon's widow Yoko Ono (news). "We wanted to see if two creative forces could work together. That went very, very well."

Ringo, Paul and George went without warning to see 'O', a cirque show playing in Las Vegas. Afterwards they went backstage and talked to the artists.



Comments & Discussion:

» No Guts, No Glory... Be The First to Post

Comments Are Closed

Subscribe via RSS

Recent Comments:

michigan2010 posted: "MGM equals cookie cutter casino. No to reason to step foot in Bellagio again. Just hope they don't screw up..."
» Sayonara Bellagio Table Game Canopies...
saharalv posted: "I wish the editors were the entire electoral college in 2016...."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of...
fatbastard posted: "So many people letting a billionaire live rent free in their heads. Funny. Too bad it also detracts from the..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of...
wpsteel66 posted: "Total bummer…talk about taking the class and uniqueness away from the Bellagio…another smart move on CEO Jim and making all..."
» Sayonara Bellagio Table Game Canopies...
damania posted: "Is there a podcast?..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of...

» More Comments