Cirque Gives ‘Beatles Love’ Minor Extension, Ducks Major Question

By | July 25, 2022

Cirque du Soleil has extended “The Beatles Love” at The Mirage, but only “through 2023,” according to a press release that doesn’t commit to a specific date. This leaves the fate of the show after the resort transitions to the new Hard Rock Las Vegas as up in the air as one of its acrobats.

Beatles Love Mirage
An advertisement for the Beatles’ Love at the Mirage. The show will continue through 2023. (Image: Mirage)

“‘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 show division, in the press release. “We were thrilled to announce the extension to our cast and crew.”

Though nothing has been announced, The Mirage is expected to remain open during the transition, which could start as soon as September 2022. This will include the construction of a new guitar-shaped Hard Rock tower by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which acquired the Hard Rock International brand in 2007. (The tower will displace The Mirage’s popular free volcano attraction along Las Vegas Boulevard.)

Hard Rock Las Vegas rendering
Hard Rock International plans to build a guitar-shaped additional hotel tower along the Strip, just east of the structure currently known as The Mirage. (Rendering: Hard Rock International)

 

A Hard Rock International news release cites the Hard Rock’s opening date as 2025, which would allow plenty of time for the transition. But sources tell Scott Roeben of Casino.org’s own “Vital Vegas” blog that “The Beatles Love” will be out before the resort reopens since the Hard Rock no longer plans to use the theater for a resident show.

“Cirque doesn’t sound particularly confident the show will stay open as Mirage becomes Hard Rock, but they’re putting on a happy face to calm the troops,” Roeben wrote.

An internal communication from Grilly 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 keep you updated as things progress.”

“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. Its theater at The Mirage, which replaced the Siegfried & Roy Theater, is reported to have cost more than $100 million to build.

Mirage Timeline

1986: Developer Steve Wynn purchases the land to build The Mirage. It includes a The Castaways hotel, operating since 1963 and once owned by Howard Hughes.

1987: Construction on The Mirage begins. Castaways closes for good and is demolished.

1989: The Mirage opens on Nov. 22. The first megaresort on the Strip, it features over-the-top attractions such as habitats for dolphins and tigers and a free artificial erupting volcano show out front.

1990: Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn debut 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: The Siegfried & Roy show comes to an infamously unexpected end on Oct. 3, Horn’s birthday, as a white tiger named Mantacore gores him on stage. Roy will live for 17 more years, but his career is over.

2006: Cirque du Soleil moves into the Siegfried & Roy Theater after a reported $100 million overhaul, to debut “The Beatles Love” to critical and popular acclaim. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison attend the premiere with their families.

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

2021: Hard Rock International announces it will purchase The Mirage and convert it into the Hard Rock Las Vegas, featuring a guitar-shaped tower.

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

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