Australian director Baz Luhrman has a knack for bigger-than-life adaptations of classic love stories. Think Shakespeare’s “Romeo + Juliet,” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” and “Moulin Rouge.” Star-crossed lovers and the glittery shine of Hollywood are the calling cards here.
Take all that, mash it together, throw in some dance numbers and live music and then hold your breath. “For The Record: BAZ” comes to Las Vegas on Friday, June 19, showcasing the big numbers of Luhrman’s career on the stage.
Cirque du Soleil Theatrical dabbles in a different kind of theater for this production, staging it at Light Nightclub at Mandalay Bay for a 360-degree immersive theatrical show. The producers describe it as “part rock concert, part nightclub, part musical theater.”
Since 2013, the show has played in Los Angeles, first at the Rockwell: Table and Stage and now at DBA Hollywood with splashy guest stars such as Rumer Willis weaving their way into the production that takes place practically on top of the audience. No word yet on whether that same Hollywood star power will come to Las Vegas.
“The production is exhilarating, it’s intimate, it’s just a little bit gritty and it’s unlike anything The Strip has seen before,” says Leu Strope, the managing director of Light and executive producer of “BAZ” in Las Vegas in a press statement.
In Las Vegas, the show is trimmed to 90 minutes but retains the six-piece live band for a concert mashup of tunes such as “Lady Marmalade,” “Kissing You,” “Love Is In The Air” and “Crazy In Love.”
“BAZ” opens with cast members from its original Los Angeles run including Ginifer King, Constantine Rousouli, Ciaran McCarthy, Ruby Lewis, Olivia Harris, James Byous and Jason Paige.
The show, which runs Wednesdays through Mondays, kicks off at 8 p.m., and guests who come on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays should stick around as the theater transforms into a nightclub with dance music and performers from Cirque du Soleil painting the backdrop.
Preview performances begin June 19 and opening night is scheduled for June 26. Tickets start at $55.