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Best in Show for October: Cirque du Soleil Paramour

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Nothing on the stages of New York City dazzles quite like Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour, the world-famous acrobatic company’s first foray into storytelling for the Broadway stage. The production is an amalgamation of stunning visuals, beautiful music, and the astounding acrobatics for which Cirque du Soleil is known, making Paramour a Broadway must-see.

Set in the Golden Age of Hollywood, Paramour tells the story of a young poet who must choose between the great passion of his art, and the love of his life. A “paramour” is a lover, and the essence of this word is encapsulated throughout every moment of the production. The love triangle between the starlet, the poet, and the wealthy financier is completely captivating, and more than a simple backdrop against which to showcase the considerable talent of the company.

From sets to costumes to lights to sound, the design of this show is staggering. The costumes move seamlessly between beaded glitz and glamour to sleek gangster-style threads.The sets are just as lavish, whether the scene takes place on a movie set or a dance hall, and you will feel utterly transported. But the most exciting design element is the use of new technology. There are camera men and women who move through the space and record things in real time to be projected all over the massive screens inside the theatre.

Of course, the primary reason to see a Cirque du Soleil production is to revel in the acrobatic artistry. Over 13 countries are represented on stage at the Lyric theatre, all of whom accomplish amazing feats. Trapeze artistry to contortionists, Cirque du Soleil has been wowing audiences around the world for decades, and their gravity-defying stunts are par for the course during a performance of Paramour, which are sure to inspire and thrill you.


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