Cirque to open Permanent Theater in Japan!

It’s official! Cirque du Soleil has come to an agreement with the Oriental Land Co, Ltd. and the Walt Disney Company to open a permanent theater at the Tokyo Disneyland Resort. “This will be Cirque du Soleil’s first permanent theater and show in Japan and its first permanent venture outside North America,” mentions a Cirque du Soleil press release. Currently all permanent ventures reside in the United States (Mystère, “O”, Zumanity and KÀ in Las Vegas, Nevada and La Nouba in Orlando, Florida), but there have been rumors of possible installations in London, England; Paris, France; Berlin, Germany and, of course, Tokyo, Japan
throughout the years. Cirque will develop an original exclusive show, which is set to premiere August 2008. This as yet named project is to cost approximately $140-million US ($115-million provided by Japan’s Oriental Land Co.) and include a theater for 2,000 spectators.

[Source: Cirque du Soleil; Oriental Land Co; Yahoo! News]