New York show begins performances in June at Radio City
Cirque du Soleil has named its upcoming Gotham outing “Zarkana,” with the show set to begin perfs at Radio City Music Hall in June.Encompassing a cast of 71 performers, the production centers on a magician named Zark who tries to regain both his love and his powers in a phantasmagoric world. The word “Zarkana” is a combo of “bizarre” and “arcana.” Helmed by Francois Girard, whose films include “The Red Violin” and “Silk,” “Zarkana” reps Cirque’s third foray into New York with a longer-run production, apart from local stints of touring offerings. Holiday-themed “Wintuk” this year plays its last of four skedded engagements at Madison Square Garden. Earlier this year, Beacon Theater offering “Banana Shpeel” ended its run early after disappointing response. Girard previously directed “Zed,” Cirque’s show in Tokyo. “Zarkana” is set to play Radio City June 9-Sept. 4. Show has displaced the Tony Awards ceremony from the venue, with a new house for the kudos still to be announced.