Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Madame Tussaud's Las Vegas

Madame Tussaud's Las Vegas is featuring two new wax figure arrivals tied to the upcoming Vegas shows "Phantom of the Opera" and Cirque du Soleil's Love. Michael Crawford is the latest inductee into the facility's Vegas legends section, wearing a tux and holding the "Phantom" mask he made famous during the show's Broadway run. No, Crawford won't be in the Vegas version of the show, but you may remember that Crawford made a splash in Sin City as the lead of EFX for several years. Since the Cirque show features music from The Beatles, what better way to mark the occasion than to bring in wax versions of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr? The Fab Four (circa 1964), on loan from the London original, arrive at the Vegas location on May 31 and will remain on display until July 4. Fans can pose for photographs with the figures and also activate recordings of Beatles music. The General Manager of the facility, Adrian Jones, also noted a certain symmetry with the Beatles show running and the figures on display on June 18, which happens to be Sir Paul McCartney's 64th birthday. "Madame Tussauds wax figures were used on the iconic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Band album cover in 1967, which features the song 'When I am 64' and the lyric, 'Will you still need me when I'm 64?' On June 18, we can finally answer the question with a very big yes," Jones said.


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