Last weekend Taylor and I took in a preview of the new show, Paramour by Cirque du Soleil. This was my eighth Cirque show. I usually attend one of their touring performances each year when it comes to NYC. I find the acrobatics so beautiful and I am astounded by the graceful way the performers move. Sometimes, during the most difficult part of the show (when the actor is twisted up like a pretzel or balancing twenty feet up in the air on their tiptoes) I whisper to Taylor, “I could do that.” Sweet thing that she is, she usually nods and agrees out of pity because I am an uncoordinated mess.
Paramour is a bit different than the usual Cirque du Soleil productions. This one incorporates musical theater, actors and a storyline. It is in previews until May 25th at the Lyric Theater on Broadway and this is their first attempt at this sort of show. The theater is the perfect setting for Paramour as the plot takes place in the golden era of the 1930’s and the Lyric has a very art deco feel to it.
The story revolves around a famous film-maker that discovers a beautiful, young girl singing in a bar and makes her a star. He and the movie’s composer both fall in love with her and a love triangle forms. Chaos ensues.
All in all it was a very easy plot to follow. The sets were beautiful, the dances were energetic and the acrobatics were a nice compliment to an already fun show. I thought that it was a great marriage of Broadway and Cirque du Soleil.
Taylor and I sat in the front row of the mezzanine and we had a fabulous view. We’ve seen quite a few Broadway shows together and know from experience that sometimes sitting the orchestra can make it difficult for children to get a good view of the stage (especially if there is an adult seated in front of them).
My absolute favorite number of the entire show was called, “Love Triangle”. The song was fantastic and the acrobats kept me on the edge of my seat.
We had a fabulous time. I enjoyed the show so much that I would see it again. I think it will do quite well on Broadway. It had a great mass appeal.
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