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Feel the LOVE in Vegas

(CNW) Preview performances begin June 2 for the Beatles LOVE, the latest Cirque du Soleil production, which celebrates the musical legacy of the Beatles. The gala premiere will be held Friday, June 30.

(CNW) Preview performances begin June 2 for the Beatles LOVE, the latest Cirque du Soleil production, which celebrates the musical legacy of the Beatles. The gala premiere will be held Friday, June 30. LOVE will be presented exclusively at the Mirage in Las Vegas.

This joint artistic venture marks the first time that the Beatles company, Apple Corps Ltd., has agreed to a major theatrical partnership. The project was born out of a personal friendship and mutual admiration between the late George Harrison and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté.

LOVE will bring the magic of Cirque du Soleil together with the spirit and passion behind the most beloved rock group of all time to create a vivid, intimate and powerful entertainment experience. Sir George Martin, the Beatles original producer, and his son, Giles, have been working with the entire archive of Beatles recordings to create the musical component for LOVE. The result is an unprecedented approach to the music for a stage production.

"After spending more than 40 years of my life working with the Beatles and their wonderful music, I am thrilled to be working with it once again, on this exciting project with Cirque du Soleil," said Martin, "The show will be a unique and magical experience."

Using the master tapes at Abbey Road Studios, the producers have created a unique soundscape 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 theatre with the band. People are going to be knocked out by what they are hearing," said Giles.

Dominic Champagne directed and wrote the original concept for the show that captures the essence of love that John, Paul, George and Ringo inspired during their astonishing adventure together. LOVE evokes the exuberant and irreverent spirit of the Beatles.

LOVE will be presented in a custom-built theatre at the Mirage, featuring 360-degree seating and advanced high-definition video projections with 100-foot digital, moving images. The panoramic surround sound system will envelop the audience who will experience the Beatles music like never before.

Consult the most current show schedule at www.cirquedusoleil.com (subject to change without notice.) Following the preview period, LOVE will be performed Thursday through Monday with no shows on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Beginning July 1, there will be two shows nightly at 7:30 and 10:30 pm.

To order tickets, phone 1-702-792-7777 or 1-800-963-9634 or visit  www.cirquedusoleil.com , www.thebeatles.com or www.mirage.com .