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Suzy Benzinger has actually been designing outfits for movies, commercials and theatrical productions like the original “Miss Saigon” on Broadway for more than 40 years. She’s never ever had an experience like the one at “Le Rêve.”
” I ‘d need to state ‘Le Rêve’ is probably the most challenging of all, however very fulfilling,” says Benzinger. “It is the aspect of water for sure, however it’s also the idea that you have to put clothing on these performers that are able to move in ways many people’s bodies do not move. What they do is superhuman. They are first-rate athletes.”
Developing lively brand-new costumes for the superhuman cast of more than 90 performers in the long-running, acclaimed water spectacular at the Wynn Theater is just one dimension of the recently completed reimagining of “Le Rêve.” It’s also geared up with all-new music, choreography and lighting principles, making this show renovation the greatest considering that it debuted in its customized theater-in-the-round with the opening of Wynn Las Vegas in 2005.
Director Philip William McKinley, who previously helmed the resort’s Broadway-style production “Showstoppers,” started dealing with “Le Rêve” two years back, when the process of redevelopment began. Tackling this major update to one of Las Vegas’ most popular and complicated production programs was a challenging task.
” I worked with [famous phase producer and director] George Abbott when he was 100 years of ages and I asked him one time, ‘How can you continue to do this?’ He said 2 things. One was that he never did the very same program the very same method, he constantly thought of a various method,” McKinley states. “And the 2nd truly stuck to me. He said, ‘I constantly do things that scare the hell out of me.’ So yes, when I was asked to do this, it is pretty daunting, however it stimulates my interest and artists work best when they wonder about something.”
The program’s classic story is undamaged, following the fantastic, in some cases harrowing journey of “The Dreamer” into a surreal world where she must choose between real love and dark desire. Dancing, diving, love, funny, synchronized swimming and aerial balancings are all part of “Le Rêve,” voted Best Program in Las Vegas for 7 straight years by the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association.
The primary objectives in making changes to the show, explains McKinley, were to better link the pieces of the story and to brighten things up visually, making each performance pop.
” It was rather dark and I don’t mean the subject. It was dark, lighting-wise, so we brightened those things up, the outfits specifically,” he states. “There’s more color, more usage of Swarovski crystals and the sets have been repainted and made better. I believe I approached it more as a fairy tale with a hero and a villain, so it became this adventure in how we would get to that. But we didn’t wish to lose the abstract quality of the program.”
Benzinger’s new costumes needed to continue to function in an out of the water, conceal harnesses and look amazing, but “clothing needs to tell the story, too,” she says. “We definitely attempted to bring more color and excitement. Some costumes ended up being layers, revealing another outfit beneath, however that becomes the complication of where does that other one go? It’s a great deal of fun. Being required to make a change produces a lot of enjoyable ideas, however the modification never ever actually stops. It’s a living thing.”
” Le Rêve” has its own costume store at Wynn so repairs and modifications are constantly taking place. “Everybody has an individual fitting and all entertainers are different in how they like their costumes to fit, but it still needs to appear like a group for the show,” Benzinger says. “I desire them to seem like a million dollars when they put it on. If every performer isn’t comfy, I haven’t done my job.”
The show’s brand-new score composed by music director Benoit Jutras with lyrics by Maribeth Derry might be one of the most striking changes for those who have seen “Le Rêve” a few times. The tunes seem to push to the story forward in a more energetic way while better linking the audience to the characters. Of course, accomplishing that musical change wasn’t simple.
” It was a fascinating process for Benoit because he had a complete rating that was the program, so to reimagine or redevelop that music and how all of it fits together was an uphill struggle,” says McKinley. “However it was a fascinating procedure and one I took pleasure in a lot. The program is like a giant clock and if one gear has to be altered, it affects the whole process.”
The music impacts the choreography and timing, and the outfits affect each entertainer’s motions. The lighting alters the method we see the show but also the method the performers see their own stage, which has moving parts, fountains and fire and a 1.1 million-gallon pool.
” Among the most difficult scenes is the finale when there’s all those dives off the device,” says McKinley. “I wanted to have a constant flow of diving and that’s not a simple moment. I’m extremely lucky because we have fantastic coaches who exist to make the impossible possible. I can say I would like to have this happen, and they leap over all the obstacles to make it happen. And they love doing it. If we’re not taking threats, the show would not be the very same thing.”
” Le Rêve” is performed at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday through Tuesday at the Wynn Theater (3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-770-9966) and more info can be found at wynnlasvegas.com.