Over Mother’s Day weekend, my parents and I took a road trip out to Las Vegas for a fun and quick getaway.
About five years ago, I experienced the first incarnation of BAZ in a small dinner theater in Los Feliz. Back then, it was a small, spunky production put on by For the Record Live and was called “Baz Luhrmann in Concert.”
So obviously I was super excited to see how it had been Vegas-ified. I know, not a real word, but it works, right?
Star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet shared the stage – and musical numbers – with Christian and Satine from Moulin Rouge. And of course, who would dare leave out The Great Gatsby’s iconic couple, Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan?
The show we saw at the Palazzo Theater did not disappoint! It was thrilling, energetic, and each story took me on a roller coaster of emotions.
If you haven’t seen the movies or read the books, here’s my Spoiler Alert Warning: Skip the next paragraph!
As we know, no couple makes it to the end unscathed. The gunshots are powerful and seem to shake the entire theater. When Satine draws her last breath…it’s like a knife in the heart. I’m heartbroken for Christian even though I know it’s coming!
Ok, come on back guys!
If you are just joining us again, I strongly recommend you watch these three Baz movies before checking out the show. It will make it much easier to enjoy all the quick changes and shared musical numbers that run throughout the show.
Every aspect of this production was fantastic.
Or better yet…Spectacular, Spectacular! See what I did there?
Ok, back to the show. Talk about incredible vocal talent!
Each time Satine, played by the incredibly talented Anne Martinez, belted out one of her power notes, I felt chills travel up and down my spine.
Of course, I’ve seen all of these movies and know how each story ends. So why did I still find myself sitting on the edge of my seat?
Because the show was that good! Seriously. Good.
Here’s the thing about the BAZ stage set-up. For the most part, as a member of the audience, you are immersed in the show. As Ricky Ricardo would say, “Let me ‘splain.”
Welcome to Baz’s cabaret! There are seats on stage – yes, on stage (you can see them in the 2nd photo above). Then, there are more tables with chairs on either side of the stage as it juts out like a runway. Next, there are a few rows of long booths with small tables and then, regular theater seating. Don’t forget the balcony seats above for those of you who like a bird’s eye-view.
Ok, the stage is set, so to speak.
Now imagine this. Throughout the show, the performers are walking, running, dancing, and singing on stage, weaving around tables, flitting through the rows, and entering or exiting from all corners of the theater.
It’s an intimate venue that puts you in the middle of all the excitement.
As you can probably tell by now, this isn’t your average sit-in-the-audience experience! It was really so much better, in my humble opinion.
So yes, I absolutely recommend you get tickets the next time you find yourself in Vegas!