The Beatles and Cirque du Soleil hit DVD in late June
The Beatles and Cirque du Soleil are coming together (again) right now. Well, June 24, anyway. That is the release date for the new feature-length documentary about Cirque du Soleil’s “LOVE” show, set to the Beatles’ album of the same name, which has been showing at Las Vegas’ Mirage Hotel since 2006.
Cirque du Soleil teamed up with Apple Corps Ltd. to make the 84-minute DVD, entitled All Together Now, in hopes of giving viewers an inside look at the partnerships and creativity that went into the much-acclaimed production.
The project was initially borne of George Harrison’s friendship with Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte. The documentary includes film from the earliest meetings between the two companies’ creative teams, as well as footage of Ringo Staff, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison discussing the best way to express in movement the words and music of the Beatles. Since the process was obviously not a perfectly smooth one, the arguments that arose are in the film as well.
The film also features Sir George Martin and his son, Giles Martin, the show’s musical directors, as they transform the Beatles’ individual songs into 90 minutes of constant soundtrack. They were working on the show’s music in London’s Abbey Road Studios while the show was coming into focus in Montreal.
In addition to the main feature, the DVD also contains these bonus features:
“Changing The Music”: a behind-the scenes look at the decision-making process for the “LOVE” concept and music production
“Music In The Theatre”: a look at the process of creating the “LOVE” show’s unique audio design
“Making ‘LOVE’”: a backstage pass to explore the design of “LOVE,” including the art direction, costumes, props, screen imagery and the use of The Beatles’ voices in the “LOVE” stage production and its soundtrack
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