Cirque du Soleil The Beatles Love

Thursday April 27th 2017

The theme for the day was wind. It was coming from the north again today. The orientation of my RV makes that the most annoying direction for the wind. The whistles, rattles and shakes are the worst when the wind is from that direction.

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I spent the early part of the day doing chores around the RV. I’m starting to get some of the checklist items complete for my departure from Las Vegas on Monday. After three weeks here a lot of things need to be put away. Many things need to wait until closer to departure time. Safety items like tire pressure need to be checked and topped off if necessary, but that will wait until the morning before travel. Particularly in this hot climate, I need to check the pressure before the sun heats up the tires.

I’ve also been working on my plans. Once I committed to the extra week here, I stopped planning. That wasn’t the smartest decision, since I still need to make reservations for a number of stays. I’m going to put a stake in the ground by making reservations in the Glacier National Park area for the end of June. Then I can fill in the time between now and then.

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Late this afternoon I drove up to the strip. Tonight was the performance of Cirque du Soleil The Beatles Love that I extended my stay in Las Vegas to see. It was well worth it. This continues to be one of my favorite Cirque shows. It uses dance and acrobatics set to Beatles music to tell a story. To the extent that the Beatles wrote most of their songs from their experiences the performance tells the story of the Beatles. So the show often tells the story of their loves and loses. Other song lyrics just stand alone. For example, while the recorded lyrics to Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds plays, a woman acrobat performance on a rope high above the stage with hundreds of blinking LED lights flickered about the theater. The finally uses Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with, I think, slightly modified lyrics to say thank you and good-bye.

This show is a theater in the round performance. Artists enter from eight different openings in the seating area and from above and below. It is jam packed with action. Projections onto smoke and screens augments the performance. The audience even gets involved with things like giant  balloons that come out into the audience to be batted around.

I had a seat at the end of a row on one of the main aisles. It wasn’t a bad seat, but it did allow me to see everybody that needed to leave the section of seats. I can’t understand why so many people have itchy feet or weak bladders. It was only about and hour and a half show, but after about 15 minutes a steady stream of people in and out of the seating area began. They returned empty handed, so they weren’t going to the concession. The number of people way exceed a reasonable number of unhealthy or chronically ill attendees. Go before the show or wait people.

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