The production, which debuted last year at Trump Plaza casino in Atlantic City, N.J., after Cirque Productions won a trademark battle with Canada’s Cirque du Soleil, gets rolling at the end of August with a 17-show run at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts in New York (August 23 through September 8).
From there the show moves on to Washington, D.C., for 6 nights at the city’s Warner Theatre September 11-16.
Other cities on the itinerary scheduled for multi-show runs through the end of 2007 include Hartford, Conn. (September 18-19); Nashville (September 28-30); Toledo, Ohio (October 4-7): Indianapolis (October 9-14); Fort Worth, Texas (October 26-27); Rochester, N.Y. (November 13-18); Newark, N.J. (November 23-25); Providence, R.I. (December 4-9) and Chicago (December 26-31).
Multi-show cities on the books in the first part of 2008 include West Palm Beach, Fla. (January 8-13); Denver (February 14-17); Rapid City, S.D. (February 22-23); Salt Lake City (March 4-5); Phoenix (March 11-16); Boise, Idaho (February 25-26) and Sacramento, Calif. (April 4-6).
Information on ticket prices and onsale dates is available through links on the Cirque Productions web site.
Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, which is set in a magical forest and features soaring aerialists, spine-bending contortionists, strongmen (and women) and is set to a rousing musical score, is the latest brainchild of Neil Goldberg, who began producing cirque shows in 1991 and formed Cirque Productions two years later with the aim of bringing European style circuses to the convention and corporate event arena.
After recruiting gifted performers from institutions like the Moscow Variety Arts & Circus College, the Mongolian State School of Contortion and a host of gymnastic and acrobatic training centers from Beijing to Australia, Golberg and company developed their first major production, Cirque Ingenieux, in 1996. The production played in venues like Bally’s Grand Casino Resort in Atlantic City and began touring the country.
Then Cirque du Soleil stepped in, filing a lawsuit against the company and several others for trademark infringement on the word cirque (French for circus). While the case wound its way through the courts, Goldberg was forced to get creative to keep his company growing.
“We persevered in as many directions as we possibly could,” Goldberg said. “We presented shows in far away places, like Hong Kong, Lebanon, Uruguay, Germany, Australia and Dubai. That’s where we found opportunity.”
In 2004, the suit was resolved when a federal court ruled that the term “cirque” was generic and could not be copyrighted, freeing Goldberg to expand in the U.S.
To create his circus spectacles, Goldberg opened Dream Studios in Pompano Beach, Fla. The massive 20,000-square foot corporate headquarters and production facility features a rehearsal studio comparable in size to any proscenium stage and a wardrobe factory that is the envy of the theatrical world.