Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!

Last night, June 29, Cirque du Soleil opened its major new acrobatic spectacle, Zarkana, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Performances began Thursday, June 9, 2011 for a limited engagement through October 8, 2011. Presented by iShares, Zarkana is written and directed by acclaimed film and theatre director François Girard (The Red Violin, Silk). BroadwayWorld was on hand for opening night and brings you photo coverage below!

Zarkana is an acrobatic rock opera that blends circus arts with the surreal to create a world where physical virtuosity rubs shoulders with the strange. The story follows Zark, a magician who has lost his powers - and the love of his life - in an abandoned theatre populated by a motley collection of off-the-wall characters and incomparable acrobats. He runs into the Mutants, four sirens as sinister as they are fabulous, who are determined to divert him from his quest.

Zarkana is a visual vortex set in a slightly twisted musical and acrobatic fantasy universe where, little by little, chaos and craziness give way to festivity and love regained. The diverse cast of more than 75 International Artists transports the audience into a fantastical and suspenseful world, blurring the boundaries between the real and imaginary.

Tickets range from $47 to $130 with a limited number of premium tickets available for all performances. For tickets, call 1-866-858-0008 or on-line at www.cirquedusoleil.com/zarkana or at www.ticketmaster.com.

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,500 performing artists from close to 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in nearly 300 cities on six continents.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Theatre Marquee for the Opening Night Performance of The New Cirque Du Soleil Acrobatic Spectacle 'Zarkana' in New York City.

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Theatre Marquee for the Opening Night Performance of The New Cirque Du Soleil Acrobatic Spectacle 'Zarkana' in New York City.

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Atmosphere at the Opening Night Performance of The New Cirque Du Soleil Acrobatic Spectacle 'Zarkana' in New York City.

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Characters of Zarkana

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Characters of Zarkana

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Characters of Zarkana

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Characters of Zarkana

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Characters of Zarkana

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Characters of Zarkana

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Daniel Lamarre

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Daniel Lamarre with Characters of Zarkan

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Cique du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Cique du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte with Characters of Zarkana

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Cique du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte with Characters of Zarkana

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Characters of Zarkana

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Line Tremblay & Francois Girard

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Line Tremblay & Francois Girard with Characters of Zarkan

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Characters of Zarkana

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Characters of Zarkana

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Characters of Zarkana

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Characters of Zarkana

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Characters of Zarkan

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Adrienne Balloon

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Adrienne Balloon

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Selita Banks

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Selita Banks

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Selita Banks and Characters of Zarkana

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Selita Banks and Characters of Zarkana

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Selita Banks and Characters of Zarkana

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Selita Banks and Characters of Zarkana

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Teddy Bensimon, Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Sea Bensimon

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Kelly Killoren Bensimon

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Characters of Zarkana with Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Teddy Bensimon and Sea Bensimon

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Characters of Zarkana with Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Teddy Bensimon and Sea Bensimon

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Characters of Zarkana with Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Teddy Bensimon and Sea Bensimon

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Alexis Biedel

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Alexis Biedel

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Alexis Biedel

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Countess Luann de Lessep

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Son, Noel de Lesseps, LuAnn de Lesseps and daughter, Victoria de Lesseps

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Countess Luann de Lessep

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Kathryn Erbe

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Kathryn Erbe and daughter Maeve Kinney

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Judah Friedlander

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Judah Friedlander

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Lydia Hearst

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Lydia Hearst

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Carrie Keagan

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Carrie Keagan

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Carrie Keagan

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Carrie Keagan

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Gayle King

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Gayle King

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Gayle King with Characters of Zarkana

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Ralph Macchio

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Ralph Macchio

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Ralph Macchio & Characters of Zarkana

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Sonja Morgan

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Sonja Morgan

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Sonja Morgan with daughter

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Sonja Morgan with Characters of Zarkana

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Amber Tamblyn

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Amber Tamblyn

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Jill Zarin

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Jill Zarin

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Kathleen Turner with Characters of Zarkan

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Daughter Rachel Ann Weiss and Kathleen Turner

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Jill Zarin and Characters of Zarkan

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!
Theatre Marquee for the Opening Night Performance of The New Cirque Du Soleil Acrobatic Spectacle 'Zarkana' in New York City.

Photo Coverage: ZARKANA Opens at Radio City Music Hall!

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.