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Wynn Las Vegas Celebrates the World Premiere of “Awakening”

"Awakening" utilizes the newest technology to blend together a stunning stage production.

Wynn Las Vegas Celebrates the World Premiere of “Awakening”

Last night, Wynn Las Vegas celebrated the grand opening of its newest show, “Awakening.” The premiere reception was held at XS Nightclub, where creators and cast members alike mingled with VIP guests (Wynn Las Vegas invited us to check out the new show and the pre-show festivities). The celebration was decorated with art from the show, and guests were each given a gift bag containing a set of playing cards featuring the show’s characters—all designed by Eisner Award-winning artist Jen Bartel (whose work has graced the covers of both Marvel and DC comics). 

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Scene From "Awakening" (Courtesy Wynn Las Vegas)

A Night to Remember For “Awakening” at Wynn Las Vegas

“Baz Halpin, Michael Curry and I were focused on three things that I believe have brought us to this moment,” Executive Producer Bernie Yuman remarked at the grand opening. “One—the derivative is commonplace. To be original is extraordinary. Two—never bring to Las Vegas what you can see in your hometown. And three—” Awakening” must live at Wynn. And now, we’re here, and it’s a bit surreal, but I’m really so thrilled and happy that we are now at the world premiere of “Awakening” at Wynn.”

“Awakening” engages audiences with the balance between darkness and light (and the creation of magic) while also presenting a brave and intelligent heroine who embarks on the classic hero’s quest. The production features traditional Vegas show elements like acrobatics, illusion, and contortion, along with modern dance. The circular theatre ensures there’s not a single poor seat in the house, while the multi-level stage keeps viewers engaged while creating multiple distinct realms that are fully immersive for the audience. The show is narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Anthony Hopkins. 

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Underwater Setting in "Awakening" (Courtesy Wynn Las Vegas)

“Our town is all about spectacle,” Composer Brian Tyler said at the reception. “Yet over the course of the past 15 years or so, a lot of our production shows have actually used a lot of innovation that started in the mid-1990s. No longer. What you will see tonight is contemporary artistry at its finest. Innovative technology, large-scale puppetry, brilliant choreography, an amazing score, groundbreaking illusions and importantly, an uplifting storyline.”

The theater at Wynn Las Vegas is a stunning sight to behold. With its 1,600 seats and sound system that immerses audiences through WynnSonic featuring PHBX Technology™—the speakers between each seat provide a 3D sound experience—it’s no wonder that the theater is one of the most brilliant in Las Vegas. “Awakening” utilizes more than 300 Haute couture-inspired costumes that aid in bringing the settings of “Awakening” to life. 

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Large-Scale Puppets at "Awakening" (Courtesy Wynn Las Vegas)