Issue #180: JAN 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of Fascination, the Unofficial Cirque du Soleil Newsletter. Let’s jump right in…

SOME CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER

On December 25th, Mystère celebrated its 25th anniversary. And in celebration of reaching this fantastic milestone, Cirque is launching a new VIP experience called “In the Wings”, a rather exciting experience you can read a more about a little further down!

On December 28th, Kooza announced they were the best-selling show in Korea for the year! “Cheers to all 190,000 ecstatic spectators and thank you for being so amazing!” This is fantastic news! And…

On January 1st, Kurios celebrated a milestone: “After just eleven months and three cities we’ve welcomed one million guests in Japan! We are speechless so we’ll just say thank you with big smiles and an even BIGGER sign! Arigatou gozaimasu!” – WOW!

ALEGRIA: THE RETURN OF AN ICON – MAKES A SPLASH

In the week leading up to press time Alegría’s social media pages have been abuzz with activity. First, with a brand new video (a TV commercial) for the new tour launching in April, which you can see here: https://www.facebook.com/Alegria/videos/274839910051973/. But also a surprise release of the re-imagined “Vai Vedrai” song from the show, which you can find in a variety of places:

o) YouTube: https://youtu.be/kOHKVTUmups
o) iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/album/vai-vedrai/1448428052
o) Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4swKt6MfKPuI4TOPesIAgJ

New costumes, new music, new tour. Alegría: The Return of an icon makes its debut under the big top in the Old Port of Montreal on April 18, 2019!

“DIVA” MAKES WAY FOR “REBEL” IN ANDORRA

In July, Andorra will live to the beat of the thrilling new show from Cirque du Soleil. REBEL, the new Cirque du Soleil show in Andorra, pays tribute to icons of song through a soundtrack inspired by love, one of the most often explored themes of music. Love, whether it be crazy, frenetic, ephemeral, platonic, passionate, etc., is an indescribable feeling but, one that has given shape to rhythms, melodies and lyrics and created the most beautiful songs of all times. Watch the new astonishing acrobatics and get carried away by the dramatic rhythms of the songs that have been the soundtrack to our love stories. You will understand that the world really does need love. REBEL will be performed every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from the 29th of June of the 27th of July 2019, with a final show on Sunday the 28th. The 60-minute show will start at 22:00 and there will be a pre-event activity. The covered venue will be located at the Parc Central in the Andorra la Vella city centre, with capacity for 5,000 people. For more information visit: https://rebel.visitandorra.com/en/

“IN THE WINGS” – MYSTERE’S NEW VIP EXPERIENCE

“In the Wings” at Mystère joins the “KA VIP Imperial Experience”, “Toast to LOVE”, and “Le Grande VIP Expérience” at «O» for premium, up-scale experiences at your favorite Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas. Each show offers something a little different, and “In the Wings” is no exception. The “In the Wings” VIP experience offers guests a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of Mystère. Here’s what you get…

• Pre-Show Cocktail – Enjoy an exciting pre-show experience with cocktails and good company.

• Exclusive access – get early theater access to enjoy exclusive time with the artists from Mystère. You will also participate to the finale high-five moment with the cast.

• Exclusive Meet-and-Greet – Meet with the cast of Mystère during an exclusive meet-and-greet!

• Premium Seats – Enjoy a VIP seating and get the exclusive “in the Wings” view from the stage.

• Champagne – Sip on a glass of champagne while enjoying the performance.

• Gifts – Receive a commemorative photograph

How much? Right now the Mystère VIP Experience is priced at $271.41 base ticket with a $17.95 convenience fee and a $5.00 electronic ticket fee. And it’s only available at the 7:00pm show. Seating appears to be Section 103, Row H, which is not what I would consider a VIP location, however, your mileage may vary. Check out the experience here: https://www.facebook.com/Mystere/videos/1705508439555548/. Either way, this is an exciting opportunity for any fan. I wish I could go take advantage of this now!

LEAD ROLES IN “PARAMOUR: DAS MUSICAL” REVEALED

On April 5, 2019, Cirque du Soleil’s PARAMOUR will grace the stage of Hamburg’s Stage Theater New Flora. In addition to the Atherton Twins (who on January 3rd posted a clip of their final performance in VOLTA, which you can see here: https://www.facebook.com/AthertonTwinsArtists/videos/2264055990280560/, you’ll find the following three talents taking the lead roles in the musical:

Anton Zetterholm (Joey) – Anton Zetterholm is one of the best-known musical actors in the German-speaking world. In 2008 ,he was personally selected by Phil Collins for the lead role of Tarzan in the SAT1 talent show “Me Tarzan, Du Jane”. He then appeared as Fiyero (Wicked), as Alfred (Dance of the Vampires) and as Crown Prince Rudolf (Elisabeth) on stage. In 2013, he made his West End debut in Les Misérables in London. In 2015, he was juror in the Pro7 / Sat1 show Got To Dance. Most recently, he returned to his homeland in the Swedish revival of The Phantom of the Opera as Raoul de Chagny, where he had once started his ballet training.

Vajèn van den Bosch (Indigo) – Vajèn van den Bosch played smaller supporting roles in musicals as a child. Her first major role was at the age of 16 in The Sound of Music. It was followed by roles such as Sandy (Grease), Princess Tessa in the musical De Gelaarsde Kat or the lead role of Gloria Estefan in the STAGE ENTERTAINMENT production Musical on your Feet. In addition, the Dutch and The Voice Kids finalist (2012) is successful as a singer and in TV and film.

Pasquale Aleardi (AJ) – Pasquale Aleardiis one of Germany’s most sought after actors. So you know him as Commissioner Dupin from the eponymous crime series in the ARD, from major productions such as “Gotthard”, or as a father in “The Puberty” and from movies such as “Men’s Heart”, “What a man” or “honey in the head “. International attention he found, among others, the side of Milla Jovovich in the movie “Resident Evil”. Besides the drama, music is his passion. He regularly thrills the audience with his band “Aleardi and the Phonauts”. In 2015, he took on the Broadway in New York and then in Stuttgart as a guest star the main role of the lawyer Billy Flynn in the musical Chicago.

Tickets are on sale now. Get them here! (Warning, page in German only…): https://www.stage-entertainment.de/musicals-shows/hamburg/paramour/preise-infos/preise-infos.html

Okay, so let’s go!

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