Cirque gives minor extension to “Beatles Love”, a major question to the ducks


Posted on: July 25, 2022, 11:17 a.m.

Last update on: July 25, 2022, 4:20 a.m.

Cirque du Soleil has extended its long-running show, “The Beatles Love,” at the Mirage. But his fate remains unknown.

The Beatles love Mirage
An advertisement for Beatles love at the Mirage. The show will run until 2023. (Image: Mirage)

But the additional performances will only last until 2023, according to a press release which does not commit to a specific date. That leaves the show’s fate after the station’s transition to the new Hard Rock Las Vegas as high in the air as one of its acrobats.

The Beatles Love’ is one of the most beloved and successful production shows on the Las Vegas Strip,” said Eric Grilly, president of Cirque’s resident shows division, in the press release. “We were thrilled to announce the expansion to our cast and crew.”

In December 2021, Hard Rock International (owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida since 2007) announced an agreement to purchase the operating assets of The Mirage from MGM Resorts International for $1.075 billion. His plans include a guitar-shaped hotel that will move the iconic, free-to-air Mirage volcanic attraction along Las Vegas Boulevard.

Goodbye Mirage, hello Hard Rock

Hard Rock International has set 2025 as the opening date, allowing plenty of time for the transition.

Although nothing has been announced, the Mirage is expected to remain open for at least part of that time. (MGM will continue to own The Mirage brand and license it to Hard Rock International for up to three years.)

Rendering Hard Rock Las Vegas
A rendering of Hard Rock Las Vegas, estimated to open in 2025, shows an additional guitar-shaped hotel tower just east of the structure currently known as The Mirage. (Rendering: Hard Rock International)

However, sources tell Scott Roeben to own “Vital Vegas” blog that “The Beatles Love” will be released before the resort reopens, since the Hard Rock no longer plans to use the theater for a resident show.

Grilly’s internal communication to cast, crew and staff, published by “Vital Vegas” last week, noted that Cirque “will have ongoing conversations with the Hard Rock as they develop their plans for the property and will be sure to update you as soon as possible. things are moving forward. »

“The Beatles Love” – ​​the only theatrical show ever staged in collaboration with the most popular rock band in music history – recently celebrated its 16th anniversary. His theater at the Mirage, which replaced the Siegfried & Roy Theater, reportedly cost over $100 million to build.

Mirage Timeline

The Mirage opened in Las Vegas in 1989 and has since become a Strip icon. Over the past few decades, the hotel has become the first “mega-resort”, featured wildlife habitats, debuted its iconic volcano, and hosted the Siegfried & Roy show.

Here is an overview of the major events:

1986: Developer Steve Wynn buys the land to build The Mirage. It includes The Castaways hotel, which has been in operation since 1963 and was once owned by Howard Hughes.

1987: Construction of the Mirage begins. Castaways closes permanently and is demolished.

1989: The Mirage opens Nov. 22 and becomes the Strip’s first megaresort with extravagant attractions like dolphin and tiger habitats and a free man-made volcano erupting show.

1990 : Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn launch their successful magic show at the Siegfried & Roy Theater.

2000: The Mirage is sold by Wynn to MGM Grand Inc., which changes its name to MGM Mirage. (In 2010, it will change its name again to MGM Resorts International.)

2003: Siegfried & Roy’s show sadly unexpectedly ends on October 3, Horn’s birthday, when a white tiger named Mantacore gores him on stage. Roy will live another 17 years, but the duo’s performing career is over.

2006: Cirque du Soleil moves into the Siegfried & Roy Theater after a $100 million overhaul to launch ‘The Beatles Love’ to critical and public acclaim. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison attend the premiere with their families, as does Beatles producer George Martin. The latter co-produced the soundtrack to “The Beatles Love” with his son, Giles Martin.

2016: To celebrate its 10th anniversary, “The Beatles Love” is getting a refresh that updates its song selection, performances and sound system.

2021: Hard Rock International announces that it will buy The Mirage and turn it into Hard Rock Las Vegas, complete with guitar-shaped tower, for $1.075 billion.

2022: Cirque du Soleil announces the extension of “The Beatles Love” until 2023, leaving the future of the show beyond that a question mark.


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