Celebration: The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil

The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil
The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil

Cast members from The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil, Southwest Airlines and McCarran International Airport joined together this week to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ historic Las Vegas arrival in 1964.

In celebration of the band’s first and only visit, cast members from LOVE took the same route the Fab Four did 50 years ago by taking a Southwest flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas while travelers arriving from all over the globe were treated to surprise performances from the show inside McCarran’s Terminal 1 baggage claim.

“It’s hard to believe Beatlemania swept the United States 50 years ago,” said Tim Smith, Artistic Director for LOVE.

Earlier in the day cast members surprised guests at San Francisco International Airport with a special performance prior to boarding a Southwest flight to Las Vegas. During the flight, passengers were treated to in-flight giveaways as they posed for photos with the cast.

LOVE, a Cirque du Soleil creation and co-production with Apple Corps Ltd., celebrates the musical legacy of The Beatles and is presented exclusively at The Mirage in Las Vegas. LOVE marks the first time that The Beatles and Apple Corps Ltd. 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 is the recipient of three GRAMMY Awards.

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing artistic entertainment.

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