I just got back from Vegas (happy to be out before the craziness). I'm not a fan of CdS shows, too derivative and not much is new. On my last visit I saw "O" and was pleased with that show, though part of it was having a seat where I could watch some of the mechanics of the huge rigging structure over the stage. My friend's favorite show is Le Reve so I humored him and went. I grudgingly thought I'd see a smaller version of O. Boy, was I WRONG! The show runs about 80 minutes that feels like 10, there is so much spectacle and so much going on. It is leaps and bounds beyond O. The Wynn Theater is in the round with 12 rows of seats so no bad views. We splurged for the VIP seats and I am glad we did (see below). Le Reve has been significantly overhauled in the last year, and my friend who has seen it liked the changes. The costumes especially he said are sexier. One of my main complaints with CdS shows are the clown acts that come out of nowhere and -- unless I'm missing something -- rarely have anything to do with the production. They could also be replaced with other clown acts. They take away from the acrobatics and rhythm of the performance. Le Reve has a couple charming characters that could be considered the comic relief, but they are sweet in their two or three appearances trying to woo the Dreamer character. (She is torn between love of the blonde good guy and the dark haired bad boy; the two "clowns" also try to gain her affections.) So it all just seems to work very well. I won't go much into the spectacle but just know it is amazing and while some may call parts of it "over the top" to me it was just wonderful. There is alot going on and I feel the need to see it again soon to catch other things I missed. As for seating, I highly recommend you get the VIP seats (which my friend seems to think are a somewhat new addition). You are in the very top row in very generous and comfortable seats with tables for your cocktails. At your feet is a video monitor showing backstage. If you are a behind-the-scenes geek like me -- and I assume most of you on this page are -- it is fascinating to watch, say, a performer putting on a harness and swinging into place, then looking up and seeing her dropping into the auditorium. I'm told there is an VIP-VIP viewing section below the "stage" where you can watch all the mechanics and procedures. You also want these seats because of the leg room. The regular aisles are narrow. Being Vegas, seemed like 20-30% of the audience were late comers. The ushers didn't wait for breaks to seat them (not that there really are breaks in an 80-minute show). Guests were seated -- and on-timers were forced to stand -- during some crucial parts of the acts. Must have been very annoying for the on-timers. This is not an issue in the VIP seats. And frankly, they are not that much more than general admission. Other pluses: amazing sound system, gorgeous soundtrack by a live band and singers, and great lighting by Broadway vets Eisenhauer/Fisher. Sorry for the lengthy post. But three days later I'm still daydreaming about Le Reve/The Dream and I can't wait to see it again...and again. Happy New Year!
PatrickDC, glad you enjoyed the show so much. It is my favorite in Vegas, but I need to return soon to see if there are any any changes since last I attended.The VIP seats have always been there, but I don't care to see details of how the magic is created so I opt out of them when I go to the show.Happy New Year.
Loved La Reve as well- but no one mentioned Love- the Beatles Cirque show- it is really good- I highly recommend it.