A greater Lake of Dreams debuts at Wynn Las Vegas

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The Singing Frog sports a fedora in an homage to Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" in the new Lake of Dreams.
The Singing Frog sports a fedora in an homage to Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" in the new Lake of Dreams. Photo Credit: Eric Jamison/Wynn Resorts

Wynn Las Vegas has unveiled a new Lake of Dreams in its unique outdoor theater, the result of a two-year collaboration of the original artistic team behind the attraction.

The reimagined theatrical journey includes 12 high-tech acts that combine magic, lights, film, music, sculpture and puppetry. The theater received a $14 million upgrade. Its features include a central 45-foot-by-90-foot performance waterfall framed by a 3-acre lake, an 11-story mountain and 1,500 pine trees.

On the tech end of things, an overhead 3-D rigging system, 4K video projectors, laser mapping, floating video orbs and more than 5,500 LED lights enhance the performance.

"Artistic collaboration, imagination and innovation in technology have inspired our journey over the past two years to bring all-new, state-of-the-art entertainment to Lake of Dreams," director Kenny Ortega said. "In this lush and serene mountain-scape, waterfall and lake environment, towering puppetry and animatronics burst to life. This one-of-a-kind living theater features music, filmed live action, animation, visual effects and inspired production design coming together in a dazzling spectacle of light and magic."

Lake of Dreams debuted with the opening of the resort in 2005. In addition to Ortega, the original artistic team included production designer Michael Curry and lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe, who worked remotely from his studio in London during the pandemic.

"The secret of great lighting is to have something great to light," Woodroffe said. "We are spoiled to have such a beautiful tapestry of lake, waterfall and forest as our stage set. So natural and benign during the hours of daylight, at night the landscape explodes into a diorama of color and movement, and the trees dance with the music."

Animatronics include Lady Birds, a trio of 28-feet-tall, 17,000-pound festooned songbirds; Astronaut, a space explorer navigating her way through an interstellar mission backed by a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity"; and Singing Frog, the 30-foot amphibian and original cast member best known for lip-syncing to Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World." He now "croons" Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" while images of that city's skyline are projected against the waterfall.

The new Lady Birds "perform" Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" and Patti LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade" in the new Lake of Dreams.
The new Lady Birds "perform" Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" and Patti LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade" in the new Lake of Dreams. Photo Credit: Eric Jamison/Wynn Resorts

Curry said the Lady Birds were designed to provide a female contrast to the frog, who has been singing male songs since the show opened. The Lady Birds perform Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" and LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade."

"People are thrilled by fantastic characters," Curry said.  "The fabulous Lady Birds are driven by dozens of computer-controlled servo motors and are decked out in spectacular bejeweled costumes to rival any Las Vegas headliner. They sing, they dance and are truly one-of-a-kind characters."

New digital characters include Emoji Orbs, two whimsical emoticons that joyfully express their love for each other with Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe"; Electra, the show's emcee who flies through the air to interact with the audience; and the Swimmer, a mermaid in an underwater live-action film sequence.

SW Steakhouse, Lakeside restaurant and Parasol Down have viewing patios for Lake of Dreams. The three- to five-minute shows are complimentary and take place every half hour nightly beginning at dusk.

For more information, visit WynnLasVegas.com.

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