Two-hour CBS Special to air Feb. 9
Las Vegas – Cast members from The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage in Las Vegas will perform two incredible acts in “The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles”. Twenty-seven dancers and acrobats deliver a captivating performance to a unique rendition of “Here Comes the Sun” sung by Pharrell Williams and Brad Paisley and contributed to a very special finale alongside the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, Annie Lennox and many notable others. The performance of “Here Comes The Sun” marks the first time The Beatles LOVE has combined live music with exciting elements of the internationally acclaimed show. The collaboration reshaped the scope of performance and creates a completely unique spectacle.
The show taped on Monday, Jan. 27, the day after the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, and will broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network Sunday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT — exactly 50 years to the day, date, and time of The Beatles’ memorable first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” “The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles” — presented by The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS — will celebrate the remarkable legacy of the seven-time GRAMMY-winning group.
Featuring today’s top artists covering songs performed by the Fab Four on that momentous evening in 1964 and other Beatles classics through the years, the show also will include footage from that landmark Sunday night, as well as other archival material. In addition, various presenters will help highlight and contextualize the musical, cultural and historical impact of the group and this legendary performance.
“The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles” is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ken Ehrlich is the executive producer, Rac Clark is co-executive producer, Gregg Gelfand is director, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.
LOVE, a Cirque du Soleil creation and co-production with Apple Corps Ltd., celebrates the musical legacy of The Beatles and is presented exclusively at The Mirage in Las Vegas. LOVE marks the first time that The Beatlescompany, Apple Corps Ltd., agreed to a major theatrical partnership. The project was born out of a personal friendship and mutual admiration between the late George Harrison and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté.
The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil opened to rave reviews on June 30, 2006 and has played to more than six million audience members. LOVE is also the recipient of three GRAMMY Awards.