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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PARAMOUR Broadway Reviews

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READERS RATING:
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Reviews of Cirque du Soleil Paramour on Broadway. See what all the critics had to say and see all the ratings for Cirque du Soleil Paramour including the New York Times and More...

Critics' Reviews

...this is the show with which the Montreal-based global franchise plants its standard on Broadway, promising - and, in spades, delivering - a mashup of 42nd Street backstage romance, non-stop Ziegfeld folly and Cirque's brand of acrobatic arts...It's as eye-popping as Christmas at Radio City Music Hall, if not quite as intimate or touching....We've come for the visuals and while it's doubtful that Paramour audiences will come away disappointed in that department, they may wonder why that annoying story kept stopping the action dead in its computer-assisted tracks...did I mention the horrible music? Well, with Cirque that's a given.

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Actors, Acrobats Pair Up for Cirque Spectacle 'Paramour'

From: NBC New York | By: Robert Kahn | Date: 05/25/2016

...The $25 million "Paramour" goes heavy on the company's signature stunt sequences to our relief, because there isn't much to be extracted from the often eye-glazing book and score..."Paramour" earns props for the ways it employs aerialists and acrobats as doppelgängers for the leads. Thanks to clever costuming conceits, we almost believe we're watching the trio in some blur of elastic trickery...Kushnier...makes the most of his cliché-ridden role, exuding confidence and hubris as needed. Lewis...has a beautiful voice and gamely follows the worn path laid out ahead.

7

‘Paramour’ Review: Bringing the Big Top to Broadway

From: Wall Street Journal | By: Robert Greskovic | Date: 05/25/2016

This week, after numerous, internationally popular productions, the enterprise now called Cirque du Soleil Theatrical opened "Paramour," the first musical created by Cirque Du Soleil for Broadway...only the circus acts soar, sometimes literally, as the show's musical and film elements play, at best, dutiful and uninspired parts...The music...is undistinguished and overamplified...Jeremy Kushnier, looking and sounding mostly mousey, plays AJ, a bearded, wax-mustached, egotistical film director. Ruby Lewis-wide of face, short of neck and plain of voice-portrays Indigo...The Golden Age of Hollywood invoked in the program and in the art-deco look of Jean Rabasse's sometimes impressive settings dims noticeably when projection designers Olivier Simola and Christophe Waksmann add video images to the stage pictures....Daphné Mauger's choreography for the various ensembles and for the leads serves as little more than filler throughout....

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'Paramour': Theater Review

From: Hollywood Reporter | By: Frank Scheck | Date: 05/25/2016

..their latest effort attempts to combine Cirque's trademark acrobatic acts with an original Broadway musical. Unfortunately, the resulting hybrid, Paramour, is more Frankenstein's monster than love child...The $25 million production is a traditionally-styled Broadway musical, albeit a very mediocre one, infused with the sort of acrobatic routines normally seen under a big top...And so it goes throughout melodramatic proceedings in which the humor is largely unintentional...Granted, audiences going to a Cirque du Soleil show expect extravagant acrobatics. But the creators of Paramour - tellingly, no writer is credited - seem to have gone out of their way to produce as banal and generic a musical as possible. Featuring atrocious dialogue and forgettable songs, it feels more like a parody than the real thing...The show does have some imaginative, thrilling sequences...Kushnier delivers a thoroughly professional performance in his thankless role, and Lewis and Vona are both appealing....

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Paramour: EW Stage Review

From: Entertainment Weekly | By: Jesse Oxfeld | Date: 05/25/2016

About 45 minutes into Paramour, the Cirque du Soleil musical that opens at Broadway's Lyric Theatre tonight, the twin aerialists Andrew and Kevin Atherton are suspended over a stage set of what's supposed to be a movie set of Ancient Egypt. They're a striking pair: platinum blond, lantern-jawed, impossibly toned, and mirror images, each hanging from a strap and effortlessly contorting himself, dozens of feet above the stage. It's the sort of breathtaking, beautiful athleticism you expect from Cirque du Soleil, and it's thrilling. The audience is rapt. At the end of their number, the Atherton twins get the evening's biggest applause.

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Review: Prepare to Tumble for Cirque Du Soleil's 'Paramour'

From: Associated Press | By: Mark Kennedy | Date: 05/25/2016

The first signal you get that "Paramour" is no ordinary Broadway show is the size of the playbill. It's a monster, easily dwarfing the regular booklets you get handed at every other theater. That makes sense. "Paramour" wants to be different, outsized and brash. It's the first Cirque du Soleil show created specifically for Broadway, harnessing its muscular gravity-avoiding acrobats to musical theater. The result, which opened Wednesday at the Lyric Theatre, is sometimes overstuffed and awkward but always finds its footing when it highlights its soaring, rubber-bodied stars.

5

Review: ‘Paramour’ Brings Cirque du Soleil to Broadway

From: New York Times | By: Charles Isherwood | Date: 05/25/2016

Welcome to "Paramour," or as I like to call it, "A.D.H.D.! The Musical." The production, which opened on Wednesday at the Lyric Theater, represents the latest attempt by the French Canadian entertainment behemoth Cirque du Soleil to make a big splash in New York. This time the company, having failed to wow the local masses sufficiently with its traditional nouveau-circus spectacles, has decided to splice the time-tested yowza diversions - acrobats and gymnasts and jugglers, oh my! - into a traditional musical, with a plot, characters, show tunes and even a little tap-dancing.

5

Theater Reviews: Stew’s The Total Bent and Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour

From: Vulture | By: Jesse Green | Date: 05/25/2016

Paramour's idea of the Broadway musical is particularly disturbing, evincing as it does only the skimpiest knowledge of the form. If we broadly describe a musical as an entertainment that offers a story about characters through song, we have already raised the bar too high. What Paramour offers is more of a series of clichés about humanoids accompanied by sounds. The main cliché is the one that glorifies Old Timey Hollywood as a land of tragic romance and glittering sophistication. ("Welcome to the Golden Age / Tux and tales [sic] it's all the rage," the opening number helpfully explains.)

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Theater Review: 'Paramour'

From: Bergen Record | By: Robert Feldberg | Date: 05/25/2016

About an hour in, it's as though somebody said let's push this Broadway musical stuff aside, and there's an abrupt shift of emphasis to the circus acts, beginning with a stunning routine by twins Andrew and Kevin Atherton, who perform an aerial pas de deux while hanging onto straps.

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BWW Review: Cirque du Soleil Attempts An Original Book Musical With PARAMOUR

From: BroadwayWorld | By: Michael Dale | Date: 05/25/2016

There's no shortage of thrills and amazement to be enjoyed by their latest assemblage of remarkable artists who tumble in the air, swing on straps, balance onto each other and perform gasp-worth feats of strength and muscle control. However, PARAMOUR is a venture presented by the company's theatrical enterprise in an attempt to create a new and original book-and-score Broadway musical that incorporates their regular ensemble of performers into the story.

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Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Paramour’ stumbles on Broadway: Review

From: amNY | By: Matt Windman | Date: 05/25/2016

All things considered, "Paramour" is a lame, harmless alternative for international tourists who want to see a Broadway show but would prefer something with the Cirque du Soleil imprimatur than a long-running hit like "Chicago," "The Lion King" or "The Phantom of the Opera." Frankly, I think they can do better.

4

Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour review – 'Muddle, miscalculation and mayhem'

From: Guardian | By: Alexis Soloski | Date: 05/25/2016

Fitfully thrilling and consistently baffling, Paramour - Cirque du Soleil's first attempt at a Broadway book musical - is the story of a young singer torn between the megalomaniacal director, who wants to make her his star, and the tender songwriter, who wants to make her his muse. Or perhaps it's a parable of forbidden love as enacted by shirtless twins in an erotic aerial pas de deux. Or maybe it's a wacky caper comedy with a culminating chase scene performed atop a giant trampoline. Honestly, it's hard to tell.

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Paramour: On Broadway, a high-wire Cirque du Soleil stumble

From: Globe and Mail | By: J. Kelly Nestruck | Date: 05/25/2016

Cirque du Soleil's Paramour is crashing and burning on Broadway - and there's no point in calling the paramedics. No team of show doctors could cure this bafflingly bad show set in the Golden Age of Hollywood.