"Matsuri" is back! "Matsuri" is the number one production in Japan, and it has come to Las Vegas
performing in the showroom at the Imperial Palace. It is one of my favorite shows of all time.
an amazing production that is filled with athletics, acrobatics, dancing, and Japanese tradition.
most prominent attribute to the production, however, is the pervasive joy that is permeated
the theatre. This troupe of high-energy performers does a stellar job at keeping things lively
The production originally started in Japan as a television program called, "Kinniku-banzuke,"
by Ushio Higuchi. The idea of the program was to create a sports variety program that
athletic performances, which were set to music. As it was recreated for the stage, it evolved to
include a variety of musical stunts, extreme sports, and comedic routines.
"The show is an energetic, interactive, and memorable musical performance that celebrates the
mind, body, and spirit," says Higuchi. "These athletes and performers accomplish things on stage
most of us can only dream of...but what amazes me is that they can perform these feats because
to dream they could, and then make it their reality."
This audio/visual spectacular is propelled by the movement and the music. It has very few words,
it accessible to anyone, and the nature of the production makes it great for the entire family.
and old alike will enjoy this production.
This show definitely has international appeal. The emphasis is on movement and rhythms that
seems to be
able to stir something in everyone, and the comedy is both simple and unique.
The show has made several attempts at a Vegas production. It first appeared at the Riviera for a
run, and then it reopened at the Rivera for another short run. It then had a run at the Sahara.
time the show at the Imperial Palace has a cast of about half the size (but the stage seems as
ever. I really hope that this is a good fit for the show.
Most of all, "Matsuri" is a very 'human' show. It is about the people in the cast, but it is
us and human ability and nature. The show is filled with joy, and it is impossible to leave the
production without a smile on your face.