The Early Word : Criss Angel BeLIEve is a Stinker
The Criss Angel/Cirque du Soleil production BeLIEve started it's preview run over the weekend and some of the early preview reviews aren't particularly forgiving.
The LA Times' Movable Buffet compared it to WFN:
Vegas audiences are usually very forgiving; look at the people who still applaud the living remains of Wayne Newton. But the audience that saw "Believe" with me was appalled, based on the comments I heard.
Doug Elfman at the R-J noted:
On Saturday night, reaction was even worse.
"Everyone in the bathroom was chanting 'bull----'" from the urinals, Damon Ranger of Chicago told me Saturday. "It was absolutely awful. You can 'Believe' how bad it is -- because it's terrible!"
A group of men chanting 'BULL-SHIT' while up on the urinal block? Wow.
Robin Leach had a completely different opinion:
"Mindfreak" fans turned out in force for the high-profile first preview show. They were ecstatic, giving Criss screams, applause from the get-go and winding up with a near two-minute standing ovation! TV crews turned up with cameras to record the "Mindfreak" mayhem and mob hysteria. Top-level security was in place with five-lines of security metal detectors in the hallway before entering the theater. Audience members even surrendered all their cameras and cell-phones to avoid sneaky videos leaking out before the show is in "final shape" on Oct. 31.
... but later revealed he was in cahoots with Cirque/Criss:
I promised Criss and Cirque officials that I would not technically comment or review the production during the "preview process."
That such an agreement exists, implies that all parties involved know in advance that BeLIEve is a stinker.
It should be noted that the show is in the preview stage, which is specifically mounted so the producers can see how audiences react and make changes. Lots of changes. Like tons.
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