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I have had a secret. The first time I saw CRISS ANGEL Believe I was disappointed. The storyboards that I had seen and the vision that I had heard for the past year were unbelievable. But, they hadn’t quite translated to the live show. Yet.

I saw the show every night during its first week of public preview performances. Then, I took a week off. Tonight, I saw it again. And wow, was I impressed. I wrote a little bit about the Cirque du Soleil process in my last post, but I didn’t fully understand it. Now I do. Tonight, illusions had been added, lots of scenes had changed and even the sound had improved. I now understand that those changes couldn’t have been made without the help of a live audience. An audience that changes and reacts nightly. An audience that has no idea what the story should be and is 100% brutally honest.

Do I think the show is going to go through even more changes in the next few weeks? Absolutely. But then again, KA and Zumanity are still going through changes and they’ve been opened for years! However, I can tell you one thing; I’m now more excited than ever to see the show on October 31 the “official” Opening Night!

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For the first week it opened, I saw CRISS ANGEL Believe every night. Some thought I was crazy, others were jealous. But, I really enjoyed watching the show change, evolve and how each audience reacted differently.

If you didn’t realize it, CRISS ANGEL Believe is currently in a “Preview Period”. Before most shows open, they travel around and perform on smaller stages before debuting on Broadway, etc. But, Cirque du Soleil performances don’t do that; they open on the stage they’ll perform on forever. Because of this, there’s usually a five week Preview Period before the show “officially” opens. During this time, the audience helps the cast and crew refine their timing, understand what the audience likes and dislikes and how they will react.

By seeing the show every night for a week, I could really see some of the show’s evolution. It also gave me a chance to pick my favorite part; although, I’m a little torn. I LOVE the stage, the music and the costumes (especially those for the rabbits). In fact, I like the music so much that I started listening to it at work. And the costumes? Well, they’re just cool, especially because every rabbit has a completely different one; almost like they’re people, with totally different personalities. What about the stage you wonder? Well, that will have to wait for another post… I haven’t figured out a way to describe it while still doing it justice. However, those aren’t really scenes, just pieces. I guess you’ll have to wait until a future post to learn my favorite scene 🙂

In the meantime, below are links to a few recent reviews:

Review by Robin Leach

Criss Angel talks about the show with the Las Vegas Sun.

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Tonight was the first public preview performance of CRISS ANGEL Believe. While I’ve seen dress rehearsals almost everyday this week, tonight was special. Tonight was different. Tonight, I felt like a proud Mommy; racked with both unbelievable excitement and also nervousness.

While Criss Angel, Cirque du Soleil and Luxor have worked on this for several years, my work for the show “officially” began in September 2007… one year ago.

For the past year, I’ve seen countless story boards, website mock-ups, creative ideas for all mediums- TV, building wraps, billboards, magazine ads, online banners, etc. Throughout it all, I envisioned the effects, the dances, the costumes, the stage and so on. But, no matter what I envisioned, seeing it come to life is something difficult to put into words. Although, cool, awe inspiring and surreal come to mind 🙂

Here’s to a great preview period (September 26, 2008 – October 29, 2008) and an even more exciting Gala Opening on October 31… Cheers!

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