Unless you're living in a cave, you've no doubt heard the famous Las Vegas mantra, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." Nowhere is this more true than with the incredible show of Le Rêve, at Vegas mogul Steve Wynn's Las Vegas Wynn Hotel Resort.
Le Rêve, which translates in French to The Dream, began humbly as a 1932 painting by Pablo Picasso. Steve Wynn bought the painting in 2001 for an undisclosed sum that was surely in the multi-millions.
Wynn briefly considered naming his casino after the painting, but later settled on Wynn Las Vegas.
Originally created by ex-Cirque du Soleil producer Franco Dragone, (O, Mystere Alegria and Quidam), who also created Celine Dion's Caesars Palace show, Le Rêve is a breathtaking spectacle that begins with 1 million gallons of water in an aqua theater in the round.
The show's theme represents a creative look at life's journey, but whether or not the audience understands its philosophy, Le Rêve is simply visually spectacular.
Performers dive and show off incredible feats of aerial acrobatics amid spectacular special effects and heart-stopping choreography estimated to cost as much as $40 million dollars to produce.
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Dragone to produce Le Rêve and, after an 8 million dollar renovation and much public controversy, has "Vegasized" the show to appeal to a wider audience who expects a certain level of entertainment, both from Las Vegas shows in general and Steve Wynn productions specifically. Detractors have criticized the production for being too similar to Cirque du Soleil, and while there are some elements reminiscent of Dragone's former productions, Le Rêve stands very well alone, with a theme, characters and plot that tell a story uniquely its own.
The newly created version of Le Rêve is once again open to the anxious public and, in true Steve Wynn style, this production may actually change the way theater is presented in Vegas. Wynn has added a VIP element for around $159 per person that includes luxurious seating in the Champagne Circle that promises lots of leg room, one bottle of Perrier Jouet Champagne per couple, chocolate-covered strawberries and private monitors that allow guests to both watch the show on stage and view shots underwater, aerially, and off stage they would otherwise not be able to glimpse. Given that his show is constantly moving with performers and numerous platforms that can be raised or lowered throughout the performance, it's a real plus to have this special birds eye view of all the action.
Overall, Le Rêve show is a tremendous value for the money, where the best seats to a top Vegas show can cost as much as $300 a ticket. Wynn Las Vegas is nothing to laugh at either. With a Mobil Five Star rating and awarded the AAA Five Diamond designation, visitors to this pedigreed casino resort can relax, luxuriate in their surroundings and truly enjoy the show.