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Updated 06/11/2007
By Chuck Rounds

"Matsuri," the number one production in Japan, has come to Las Vegas and is performing in the main showroom at the Sahara Hotel & Casino. It is an amazing production that is filled with athletics, acrobatics, dancing, and Japanese tradition. The most prominent attribute to the production, however, is the pervasive joy that is permeated throughout the theatre. This troupe of high-energy performers does a stellar job at keeping things lively and vibrant.

The production originally started in Japan as a television program called, "Kinniku-banzuke," produced by Ushio Higuchi. The idea of the program was to create a sports variety program that highlighted 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 human mind, body, and spirit," says Higuchi. "These athletes and performers accomplish things on stage that most of us can only dream of…but what amazes me is that they can perform these feats because they dared 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, making it accessible to anyone, and the nature of the production makes it great for the entire family. Young 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 had a brief run at the Riviera last year…a run that they hoped would net them a regular show in town…which it has. I am thrilled that this has come about for this wonderful and very worthy show. This show has quickly become a favorite of mine, and I recommend it to everyone. See this show!

Most of all; "Matsuri" is a very ‘human’ show. It is about the people in the cast, but it is also about 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.

Again...see this show. This is great, and it is amazing. I love this show.

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