A Beautiful Chaos

LOVE-by-Cirque-du-Soleil-Valentine-Day-GiveawayHad an evening to kill in Las Vegas after AWS re:Invent, so I went to one of the discount places to get a ticket to see Cirque du Soleil's "Love" show.

Generally speaking, I'm not a musicals kind of guy. Stuff like "Evil Dead: The Musical" or "Bukowsical," sure. But for the most part… meh. Not my cup of tea. I'll appreciate a well-done show, but be almost as likely to turn down tickets to about half the shows that are in production.

But, I've been a Beatles fanatic since I was seven. As a kid, I caught "Help!" on TV one Sunday afternoon, and I was hooked from the first few notes of the title song at the beginning of the movie.

Wasn't entirely sure what to expect from "Love," but figured that with a Beatles soundtrack, it'd be fun even if the show itself was dull. The show was not dull. It was an amazing production. If there was supposed to be anything more than a hint of a story or narrative, I missed it – but the whole thing was fabulous to watch, just a beautiful chaos set to some of my favorite songs of all time.

I knew going in that they'd restructured some of the songs, mixed some together, etc. Wondered if it'd lessen my enjoyment of the show, but I really enjoyed what they did with the music – and the sound system in the place was out of this world. Just hearing the songs in a fully immersive sound system was almost worth the price of the ticket alone.

Definitely planning to see it again if it's still playing the next time I find myself in Las Vegas.

Author: Joe Brockmeier

Joe Brockmeier is a long-time participant in open source projects and former technology journalist. Brockmeier has worked as the openSUSE Community Manager, is an Apache Software Foundation (ASF) member, and participates heavily in the Fedora Cloud Working Group. Brockmeier works for Red Hat in the Open Source and Standards (OSAS) and manages the community team.

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