Cirque du Soleil Theatrical’s Paramour, the organization’s first show created specifically for Broadway, ends its run April 16 at the Lyric Theatre following 31 previews and 366 regular performances.
The production officially opened May 25, 2016, following previews that began April 16. In one year, the show celebrated the Broadway debuts of over 70 members of the cast and creative team representing 16 different countries and spanning five continents. In August 2016 the production took a mini-hiatus to make creative changes. The producers released a statement at that time explaining, “True to our roots as street performers, our shows evolve over time to reflect feedback from our consumers and our creative team.”
In December 2016 it was reported that the Lyric would close for renovations and that Paramour was in discussions to transfer to another Broadway house. A spokesperson for the production told Playbill April 14, "Cirque du Soleil is currently in discussions with several international theater owners who are interested in welcoming this unique production, including Stage Entertainment for a production in Germany in 2018 or early 2019." It is expected that the next tenant at the Lyric will be the London hit, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
The production features at least 15 different circus arts disciplines, many of which have never appeared on Broadway. The disciplines cover aerial strap artists, banquine, Chinese pole, contortion, cyr wheel, hand to hand, hand to trapeze, juggling, lyra, Russian bar, Spanish web, teeterboard, tumbling, trampoline, and trapeze.
In Paramour, according to press notes, “the search for love, happiness, and fame jumps off the silver screen and unfolds on the Broadway stage. Travel back to the Golden Age of Hollywood where the stars shine brighter, the glitz is glitzier, and zoot suits are somehow fashionable. A director searching for his next big hit, finds it in a small-town actress, and before you know it, a star is airborne!”
The cast includes Jeremy Kushnier as A.J., the director; Ruby Lewis as Indigo, the starlet; and Ryan Vona as Joey, the composer.
Check out photos from opening night below:
Photos! Julie Taymor and Brooke Shields at Cirque du Soleil’s Broadway Musical Paramour Opening Night
Under the artistic guidance of Jean-François Bouchard (creative guide and creative director), Paramour is directed by French stage director and choreographer Philippe Decouflé. Along with Decouflé, the creative team includes West Hyler (associate creative director and scene director),Shana Carroll (associate creative director and acrobatic designer & choreographer), Pascale Henrot (associate creative director), Bob & Bill (composers), Andreas Carlsson (lyricist and co-composer), Jean Rabasse (set designer), Philippe Guillotel (costume designer), Daphné Mauger (choreographer), Verity Studios (flying machine design & choreography), Patrice Besombes (lighting designer), Olivier Simola & Christophe Waksmann (projection designers), John Shivers (sound designer), Boris Verkhovsky (acrobatic performance designer), Pierre Masse (rigging and acrobatic equipment designer), Nathalie Gagné (makeup designer), Anne‐Séguin Poirier (props designer), Josh Marquette (hair design), Cirque du Soleil (casting – Montreal), Telsey + Co (casting – New York), Seth Stachowski (music director and band leader), and Jayna Neagle (executive producer).
For more information, visit ParamourOnBroadway.com.