More on “‘Twas The Night Before”

As the title suggests, Cirque’s first holiday show is inspired by the familiar holiday poem called “A Visit from St. Nicholas” that was first published anonymously in 1823 before Clement Clarke Moore claimed credit for the work in 1837.

Cirque described the new family show as a “vibrant acrobatic spectacle” incorporating feats of physical derring-do that long have been a strength of the Cirque brand. The story line will follow the journey of Isabella, a young girl who’s become jaded by the hoopla surrounding Christmas. The production aims to answer the question whether Isabella’s arrival in a topsy-turvy, upside-down, inside-out world new world realized in the show will reignite the holiday spirit in her.

“‘Twas the Night Before …” is a show created to entertain the whole family, as well as the perfect opportunity for parents to introduce the world of Cirque du Soleil to their children for the first time.” Yasmine Khalil, chief executive producer of Cirque du Soleil, said in a prepared statement. “We are thrilled to return to Chicago with our very first production celebrating the holiday season, with a unique take on a Christmas classic.”

Added MSG Live Executive Vice President Darren Pfeffer, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Cirque du Soleil — another name in world-class entertainment — on this one-of-a-kind production, which we know will not only provide a unique celebration of the season, but also inspire another generation to appreciate the creativity, athleticism and artistry of Cirque du Soleil.”

The new Cirque holiday show is the latest in a growing collection of shows the entertainment company has unveiled since private equity firm TPG Capital acquired a majority stake in Cirque in 2015. TPG introduced new a strategic game plan to grow the brand and expand Cirque’s presence globally with an array of new productions in different types of venues.

{ SOURCE: Chicago Business Journal }