The Beatles are headed for Las Vegas. Apples Corps Ltd., which handles the band's business endeavors, and Cirque du Soleil are developing a theatrical production, set to open in 2006 at the MGM-owned

The Beatles are headed for Las Vegas. Apples Corps Ltd., which handles the band's business endeavors, and Cirque du Soleil are developing a theatrical production, set to open in 2006 at the MGM-owned Mirage hotel.

The show, which will celebrate the Fab Four's musical legacy, marks the first time Apple Corps has agreed to a major theatrical partnership.

Apple Corps managing director Neil Aspinal says in a statement that the Beatles have been approached many times about use of their music in theatricals but were never happy with the ideas presented. "However, in Cirque du Soleil, Apple is fortunate to have found a creative partner with the same passion for innovation and excellence," he says.

The show was born out of discussions between Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte and the late George Harrison. In a statement, Harrison's wife, Olivia, says, "George and Guy shared the same vision ... We are all very happy to see this project come to fruition."

The Beatles' legendary producer, George Martin, will oversee the musical elements of the show. Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will not appear in the still-untitled production.

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