Full Casting Announced For Cirque’s Paramour On Broadway
Hollywood and Broadway will work hand in hand this spring. However, that partnership will not come in the usual form of a major Hollywood star headlining a show. It comes in the form of the Golden Age of Hollywood coming to life on the Broadway stage in a brand new incarnation as Cirque du Soleil soars into New York for one of the most diverse, anticipated and high-flying (literally!) shows of the season. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news of the full casting for Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour on Broadway!
Cirque du Soleil will make its Broadway debut this spring as Paramour soars over 42nd street into The Lyric Theatre. Previews are slated to begin April 16th before the show officially opens May 25th, 2016. Due to the opening date, the show will not be eligible for the 2015-16 Tony Awards season and will indeed need to wait until 2017. The Ambassador Theatre Group, who purchased the Lyric in 2014, courted Cirque for their premiere Broadway venue not only large enough for one of their productions but in need of a show that can fill the seats. Since purchasing the theatre, On The Town and Lord of The Dance have both played but failed to attract large audiences. Cirque has been circling for Broadway seeking a home as they aimed to make their Broadway debut but limited as only several theaters are capable of holding their size required for productions.
The production will be led by Ruby Lewis who makes her Broadway debut in the production’s lead role. Joining her are Broadway veterans Bradley Dean as A.J., the director, and Ryan Vona as Joey, the composer. All three are pictured at left. The company will consist of nearly 40 actors, singers, dancers, aerialists, acrobats and circus art performers. The company includes Tom Ammirati, Andrew Atherton, Kevin Atherton, Lee Brearley, Yanelis Brooks, Sam Charlton, Martin Charrat, Nate Cooper, Katrina Cunningham, Myriam Deraiche, Kyle Driggs, Jeremias Faganel, Amber Fulljames, Steven Trumon Gray, Tomasz Jadach, Rafal Kaszubowski, Reed Kelly, Denis Kibenko, Joe McAdam, Raven McRae, Sarah Meahl, Amber J. Merrick, Sheridan Mouawad, Amber Pickens, Justin Prescott, Fletcher Blair Sanchez, Matthieu Sennacherib, Bret Shuford, Blakely Slaybaugh, Sam Softich, Amiel Soicher, Amber van Wijk, Bruce Weber, Tomasz Wilkosz and Zhengqi Xia (Da Qi).
Philippe Decouflé (Pictured Right) will serve as director for the production with Daphné Mauger as choreographer. Shana Carroll is acrobatic choreographer, Boris Verkhovsky is acrobatic performance designer and Pierre Masse as rigging and acrobatic equipment designer. Andreas Carlsson will be co-composer alongside Guy Dubuc and Marc Lessard. The rest of the creative team includes Jean Rabasse as scenic designer, Philippe Guillotel as costume designer, Patrice Besombes as lighting designer, Olivier Simola and Christophe Waksmann as projection designers, John Shivers as sound designer, Anne‐Séguin Poirier as props designer and Nathalie Gagné as makeup designer. Jean-François Bouchard works as a creative guide while Pavel Kotov and Telsey + Co provide casting.
Together, the cast and creative team represents over 13 countries from five different continents. The production is calling the show one of the most internationally diverse productions to ever originate on Broadway.
Luner Lowdown: Cirque du Soleil will finally come to Broadway this spring after years of development and the company seeking to expand in its New York market. How does an entertainer or rather entertainment company break into the New York scene? By going for the biggest and best known brand of entertainment New York has to offer; Broadway. While this may be Cirque’s Broadway debut, the show is no stranger to New York. Previous shows have run at The Beacon Theatre and Radio City Music Hall (Zarkana at Radio City Pictured Above Left) in past years but didn’t meet the company’s hopes. Paramour is Cirque’s chance to settle the score once and for all. The show was able to work out a deal with Actor’s Equity (Which we’ll be reporting on separately) and score some major Broadway talent only adding to Cirque’s impressive roster. I’m looking forward to the collaboration and the diversity it will bring to Broadway this spring.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as Paramour soars onto Broadway this spring and Cirque du Soleil makes its Broadway debut! There will be lots more to cover on this exciting new adventure for both Cirque and Broadway! Stay tuned for more! We can’t wait to see what high-flying fun this new adventure brings to New York City this spring. For more information, visit Cirque du Soleil’ Paramour Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!