Awakening, the exquisite visual entertainment casting its spell on audiences at Wynn Las Vegas, has returned after a brief pause with even more fanciful fantasy featuring soaring aerialists, bounding acrobats, high-energy choreography, and comedic moments.
Awakening chronicles the adventures of IO, a dynamic heroine who must face the forces of Light and Darkness – frustrated lovers who can only briefly embrace at dawn and dusk. They rebel causing chaos throughout nature, which leads the Creator to separate them, plunging all Creation into darkness.
IO is tasked with finding and reuniting Light and Darkness. She’s accompanied on her mythic journey by Boo and Bandit, two characters re-imagined as comic clowns.
Baz Halpin and his creative team have artfully retooled the opening with a brief monologue explaining the characters of Light and Darkness setting the stage for the journey ahead.
Along the way, Michael Curry’s captivating puppetry enchants; Mandy Moore’s choreography is spun with style and specificity; set designer George Tsypin creates entire realms with a minimal touch; and Soyon An’s lavish costume design serves up alluring denizens of Water, Earth, and Air.
All this visual wonder is accompanied by a richly-layered score from acclaimed composer-producer Brian Tyler.
Even two-time Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins has updated his voice-over narration to match the production’s evolution.
All of this is revealed in a spectacular theater-in-the-round featuring an 60-foot, 360-degree multi-level prismatic stage that adapts and expands as each chapter of IO’s journey advances.
While the audience surrounds the center stage, we are immersed in a galaxy of laser lights, LED screens and theatrical alchemy.
I highly recommend Awakening as a must-see live entertainment that you can only experience in Las Vegas.
For a limited time, locals can experience Awakening at Wynn Las Vegas for $79 (offer code SUMR23). Performances Friday through Tuesday (dark Wednesday/Thursday).
Watch the video teaser for Awakening below.