Cirque du Soleil, Actors’ Equity Make Pilot Pact for Broadway

Cirque du Soleil Actors Equity deal
Joan Marcus

Actors’ Equity Association, the union of stage actors and stage managers, has made a deal with Cirque du Soleil Theatrical for the company’s upcoming Broadway debut, “Paramour,” in advance of the two organizations working together on Cirque’s future Broadway output.

The one-time agreement for “Paramour,” the first of Cirque’s productions aiming to fuse more traditional theater pieces with nouveau-cirque elements, will see Equity represent 16 singers, dancers and actors employed in the show (including the leads Ryan Vona, Ruby Lewis and Bradley Dean, pictured above), as well as four stage managers. The American Guild of Variety Artists, the union the represents performers in most Cirque shows, will rep the 22 acrobats in the cast of “Paramour.”

The pact serves as a trial model for the two organizations moving ahead, since Cirque already has future Broadway plans brewing. In 2014, Cirque tapped Scott Zeiger, a Clear Channel Entertainment alum, to head up Cirque Theatrical, a new division aimed at creating more traditional work for Broadway and beyond. Along with “Paramour,” Cirque Theatrical is also at work on a Broadway revival of “The Wiz” with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the producers behind the recent NBC live broadcast of the musical.

“Paramour,” a love triangle set in golden-age Hollywood, begins previews April 16 at the Lyric Theater ahead of a May 25 opening.

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