Issue #153: OCT 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of Fascination, the Unofficial Cirque du Soleil Newsletter.

On September 29th, Cirque du Soleil asked fans to hang on to our tight ropes and put up our jazz hands because the October 3rd episode of Dancing With the Stars was Cirque du Soleil themed! Acrobats, aerialists, dancers, and fire-stick performers from six of Cirque’s shows was part of one of the biggest episodes ever of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars program. Each of the remaining 11 couples performed big-spectacle dances inspired by a specific Cirque show while the company’s amazing acrobats performed alongside. It was an amazing two hour spectacle that our very own Keith Johnson caught live on air. And he’ll tell you all about it within!

Speculation about Cirque2017 has heated up, as a number of artists are leaving their posts for the new creation, which is still Extreme Sports themed. Joey Arrigo has left Kooza for the new show (Mike Tyus has arrived at Kooza to take over the Trickster role), Thomas Hubener who was most recently cast in TORUK has joined the new show too. Darius Harper of Kinky Boots (tour) and The Book of Mormon (Tour) fame has also joined the 2017 production as well. There are new artist finds each day (mostly on Instagram) so it should be interesting what 2017 shapes up to be!

In other artist news, Betina Quest has joined TOTEM as its new singer. ( She’ll get a new costume to boot! ( And Gilles Ste-Croix, who spearheaded the creation of numerous shows that thrilled both international audiences and critics alike including Saltimbanco, Alegría, Mystère, Quidam, O and LOVE, has just published his biography (“Ma place au soleil”) in which he tells his exciting life story, marked by daring and by the strong desire to transform dreams into reality. Unfortunately for me it’s available only in French, but if you’re so inclined, check it out here: < >. It’s $24.95 for the print edition (ISBN: 978-2-89705-454-0) and $17.99 digital (PDF: 978-2-89705-456-4; EPUB: 978-2-89705-455-7). You can even browse a preview of the book’s 232 pages!

And last, but certainly not least (in this abbreviated introduction), is our monthly look at Paramour grosses.

Week      This Week	 Potential   Difference    Seats   % Cap
Ending      Gross         Grosses    in Dollars    Sold	 
07-Aug    $910,341.70  $1,805,456.00  -$71,126.40  10,245  67.54%
14-Aug    $997,867.25  $1,805,456.00   $87,525.55  11,360  74.89%
21-Aug    $936,761.55  $1,805,456.00  -$61,105.70  11,376  75.00%
28-Aug    $553,422.70  $1,166,264.00 -$383,338.85   6,519  68.77%
04-Sep    $890,754.60  $1,592,392.00  $337,331.90  10,218  76.99%
11-Sep    $892,797.05  $1,805,456.00    $2,042.45  11,122  73.33%
18-Sep    $999,384.45  $1,805,456.00  $106,587.50  12,739  83.99%
25-Sep    $800,590.15  $1,805,456.00 -$198,794.30   9,744  64.24%
02-Oct    $796,008.80  $1,805,456.00   -$4,581.35   9,903  65.29%
09-Oct    $929,646.25  $1,805,456.00  $133,637.45  11,024  72.68%

Well, that’s all I have time for this month. Let’s get to the rest!