GAYLE KING SHOW, THE {THE BEATLES "LOVE" LAS VEGAS SHOW; PAUL MCCARTNEY, YOKO ONO} (TV)

Summary

One in this talk show series hosted by Gayle King. In this episode, King travels to Las Vegas to celebrate the fifth anniversary of "Love," the popular Cirque du Soleil stage show featuring the music of The Beatles. First, King sits down with Sir Paul McCartney, who discusses the impossibility of choosing a favorite of his songs; his gradual awareness of his music's profound influence on fans; his recent positive experience performing in South America; George Harrison's suggestion for the "Love" show after taking McCartney to see "O," the water-themed Cirque du Soleil show; the challenge of choosing the appropriate visuals to accompany the iconic songs; inspiration from McCartney's own father for the "Sergeant Pepper" character; dealing with extreme fame at an early age; their lack of a serious "muse" in writing the early, lighthearted Beatles songs; and his sense that he still feels a 25-year-old's "sense of wonder" at age sixty-nine.

King then talks to Yoko Ono, who discusses John Lennon's likely enjoyment of the show, were he alive to see it; the challenge of creating music that is artistically deep but also popular and accessible; their famously strong love and her belief that "everyone can have it"; her decision not to remarry and Lennon's suggestion that they have "a wedding in every country"; and why she has chosen to continuing living at the famous Dakota Apartments.

Next, King talks to Olivia Harrison, George's widow, who discusses George's friendship with Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté; experiencing the "Love" show differently from assorted seats in the theatre; her favorite moments and painful memories from the show; her sense of George's wisdom and calming nature; and her belief that he and his bandmates "just wanted to play music" rather than achieve great fame.

King then chats with father-and-son musical directors Sir George and Giles Martin, who describe the fun-but-stressful challenge of choosing songs for the show from the Beatles' vast collection; George's role as "the fifth Beatle" and "the grownup of the group" as their record producer; his less-than-impressed reaction to their earlier songs and memories of their collaborative writing style; the top-secret three-month process of creating the demo tape for the "Love" show; Giles' lack of awareness of the Beatles' legendary status while growing up because of their diminished popularity in the 1980s; and George's "cherished" eight years working with them before moving on to many other projects.

Lastly, King talks with show director Dominic Champagne, who describes the show as "a rock 'n' roll poem and discusses the decision to depict the Beatles' breakup as well as the death of John Lennon's mother Julia in a car accident through the imagery of a disassembled Volkswagen Beetle car; the Beatles' nervousness during their early days performing in America; and his interest in portraying not only the whimsical aspects but the more serious emotions in the Beatles' music in the show, concluding that he wants to "take a sad song and make it better." Commercials deleted.

Details

  • NETWORK: OWN
  • DATE: June 16, 2011 10:00 AM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:42:53
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: 110049
  • GENRE: Talk/Interview
  • SUBJECT HEADING: African-American Collection - News/Talk
  • SERIES RUN: OWN - TV series, 2011
  • COMMERCIALS:

CREDITS

    • Gayle King … Executive Producer
    • Stefan Van Engen … Co-Executive Producer
    • Corny Koehl … Co-Executive Producer
    • Rachel Weintraub Riegel … Co-Executive Producer
    • JJ Miller … Producer
    • Scott Miller … Producer
    • Lesley Martin … Associate Producer
    • David Heaster … Associate Producer
    • Angela Ramos … Associate Producer
    • Shira Sky … Associate Producer
    • Joseph R. Lynch … Broadcast Producer
    • Sanford Marcus … Talent Producer
    • Taj M. Greenlee … Talent Producer
    • Griffin Quinn … Director
    • Gayle King … Host
    • Paul McCartney … Interviewee
    • Yoko Ono … Interviewee
    • Olivia Harrison … Interviewee
    • George Martin … Interviewee
    • Giles Martin … Interviewee
    • Dominic Champagne … Interviewee
    • The Beatles
    • George Harrison
    • Guy Laliberté
    • John Lennon
    • Julia Lennon