Disclosure: I received free tickets to Baz: Star Crossed Love for purposes of this review, but all opinions are 100% my own.
Freedom, truth, beauty, and above all, LOVE–these are the ideals held dear at the new show stopping review, Baz: Star-Crossed Love at The Palazzo in Las Vegas.
Baz: Star-Crossed Love intertwines the stories of Baz Luhrman’s most popular movies: Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, and The Great Gatsby. The stories are told in musical form, using the most popular songs off the movies’ soundtracks to tell their stories. Romeo sings Jack White’s “Love is Blindness” from the Great Gatsby soundtrack, Daisy (from Great Gatsby) sings “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” from Moulin Rouge, and so much more. It’s a pretty clever way of incorporating some of the most well-known moments of Baz Luhrman’s films.
A few weeks ago while I was in Las Vegas on vacation, I was treated to this show, and I have to say–it is beyond magical. The sets, costumes, and performers are truly out of this world. The production team has expertly brought these movie worlds to life, and the performers are beyond talented and perfect in their execution.
There are some major standout performers in this cast, including Joanna Jones as Daisy, Bri Cuoco as Satine, and LJ Benet as Romeo. I had to hold back tears as Benet “Love is Blindness,” after Romeo kills Tybalt and knows his love with Juliet is doomed. I also got chills as Jones sang personal favorite from The Great Gatsby soundtrack, “Over the Love.”
I loved how seamlessly each scene flows into the next, and how the storylines are easily told through such popular songs. It was great hearing Fergie’s “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” and even Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” sung by characters in a musical.
I also loved how the show has been staged. While there ARE tables on the actual stage, the actors themselves are constantly moving throughout the theater and are quite literally “in your face” for every minute of the action. The audience is surrounded by singing, acting, and dancing for the entire duration of the show. It’s very cool to be so close to all of the action.
I could not recommend this show more to anyone who is visiting Las Vegas. It’s the perfect fast-paced, party-atmosphere type show that will keep you enthralled through the whole show. You won’t regret seeing it–in fact, I’d love to see it several MORE times!
Baz: Star Crossed Love performs nightly at 7pm from Tuesday through Saturdays at the Palazzo Theatre. Visit their website for more information on tickets, schedules, cast bios, and more.