Cirque du Soleil to Debut Its First Broadway Show
'Paramour,' which will begin performances at the Lyric Theatre in April, follows a beautiful young poet forced to choose between love and art.
Broadway’s next breakout star — Cirque du Soleil?
The circus behemoth’s theatrical arm announced on Wednesday that the company will premiere its first-ever production created specifically for Broadway.
Titled Paramour, the new show promises to blend theater elements — professional actors leading a book-driven, love-story narrative, and accompanied by live musicians — with the Cirque du Soleil aesthetic, which includes grand production design and acrobatic stunts.
Directed by Philippe Decoufle, Paramour is set in Hollywood’s Golden Age and follows a beautiful young poet forced to choose between love and art. It will begin previews on April 16 before its May 25 opening at the Lyric Theatre (where On the Town closes Sept. 6), for which it was specifically designed.
Paramour’s Broadway run takes place before Cirque’s upcoming revival of The Wiz, which is currently slated for the 2016-2017 season. NBC will air a live staging of the show on Dec. 3, featuring Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, David Alan Grier, Uzo Aduba, Amber Riley, Stephanie Mills, Common and Ne-Yo, as well as newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy.
Oct. 23, 9 a.m. New opening date added.