Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour on Broadway

December 11, 2016 11:45 pm by Karla Ramos

Paramour is not simply a musical. It’s also an acrobatic show! Cirque du Soleil is a typical North American experience, although it’s more a Canadian because of its origins in Canada. Fortunately, the frigid northland has decided to share the flashy excitement with its southern neighbors in New York City. I thoroughly enjoyed my time watching the Hollywood love story unfold on stage between songs, dance numbers, and gravity-defying flips. What made it even better is that I got my tickets at a discount through TKTS 50! A show for less is always that much sweeter.

The Venue

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Photo by  NY Times

Paramour by Cirque du Soliel is enjoying its residence at the Lyric Theater in New York City.  Lyric Theater is the second-largest Broadway theater and is also one of the new kids on the block, since it opened in the 1990’s after being built over the site of two previous theaters that has closed down. It’s right in the middle of Times Square, which makes it a romantic venue with terrible parking! The venue features bars, so you can enjoy a sip before or after the production.

The Cast

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Photo by Broadway.com 

Jeremy Cushnier plays AJ, the jealous film director in Paramour. He has a long list of Broadway experience behind him that has prepared him for this step into the spotlight. Ruby Lewis, who has shifted from one color name to another, since she plays Indigo in the musical, is a convincing Hollywood sweetheart. Ryan Vona, the lowly Joey Green in Paramour, plays opposite of Indigo. Vona is an independent singer as well as a Broadway actor and has recently released an album.

The Play

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Photo by Variety.com 

Paramour has not received particularly glowing reviews in the media, but I don’t know what those people are talking about. I absolutely loved it! The story and the music were great, and the acrobatics were even better. In the musical, Indigo is an actress during the Golden Age of Hollywood who is just making her breakthrough to fame. As she rises, two men watch her with love in their eyes: her director, AJ, and the piano composer, Joey Green. As Indigo’s future unfolds, so does a vicious love triangle that catches her in the middle. Eventually, Indigo and Joey end up together, much to the fury of AJ and the pleasure of the audience. During the entire performance, incredible acrobatics wow viewers with their death-defying moves! All in all, it was a fantastic experience.

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