Sunday, 6 February 2011
Entertainment in Las Vegas is only getting better. With new technology, producers and choreographers can create many more special effects than before.
Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas moves on from Cirque du Soleil's O, with more physical feats and a storyline about a woman who rejects a suitor, only to have dreams, both good and bad about it and in the end realizes where her love lies.
The performers all had to work with water one way or another, whether it was synchronized swimming, dancing on wet surfaces or diving in at great heights. Perhaps that explains why almost all the men were bald?
Some magic was involved too, where four clowns try to impress the main female character by turning roses into doves.
Franco Dragone created the show, and it apparently had not-so-great reviews at first. There have been many tweaks along the way and now seems pretty impressive, though there isn't much action all the time. Wynn owner Steve Wynn liked Le Reve so much that he bought the show from Dragone, so Wynn must be onto something good.
Meanwhile, Love is a relatively new Cirque du Soleil show at The Mirage. There is constantly something going on, sometimes too much, making it hard to figure out which performer to focus on.
The show is based on The Beatles, from not only their music and album cover designs, but also the 1960s and 70s as evidenced from the many costumes the performers wore.
Here it was more about being suspended in the air and lots of dancing to the music which made it a lively show. The interpretations of the songs were very imaginative and the volume so loud that you couldn't help but want to sing along.
They also included the outtakes of the band members' snide remarks which made it fun and the special effects were great from the remote-controlled tricycle pedaled by a pair of boots to lots of bits of tissue paper dropped from the ceiling to create a festive atmosphere.
The best part was the gracefulness of the performers, jumping in the air and almost floating there for an extra second before going down, or gently landing on their feet after being suspended in the air.
At one point a gigantic white sheet was pulled out into the audience and gently waved up and down to create waves which was really neat.
In the end the audience was put in such a nostalgic mood that they immediately hit the souvenir shop which sold everything from the music from the show to T-shirts, cartoon cels of The Beatles and rugs featuring the Fab Four.
With cash registers ringing, it can only be a good sign these shows are bringing in the dough.
When the tables in Macau bring time four times as much as all of Las Vegas combined, it proves entertainment is still king on The Strip.