×

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

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.

Popular on Variety

More Legit

  • The Inheritance review

    'The Inheritance' Announces Broadway Cast

    After an Olivier-winning run in London, “The Inheritance” is gearing up for its Broadway debut. The two-part epic has set the cast for its transfer from the West End to the Great White Way. John Benjamin Hickey, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine, Andrew Burnap and Kyle Soller are among the cast members reprising their roles [...]

  • Patrick Page, Amber Grey, Eva Noblezada,

    'Hadestown' Announces 2020 National Tour

    ‘Hadestown’, the eight-time Tony award winning Broadway musical, is set for a national tour in 2020. The show will stop in more than 30 cities including Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Orleans, and more. The musical is a stage adaptation of the Greek myths of Orpheus and Eurydice and King Hades and his wife [...]

  • Jake Gyllenhaal

    Listen: Why Jake Gyllenhaal Is His 'Best Self' in the Theater

    Looking for the best possible version of Jake Gyllenhaal? You’ll find it onstage, according to the actor himself. Listen to this week’s podcast below: “I am my best self when I’m working in the theater,” Gyllenhaal said on the latest episode Stagecraft, Variety’s theater podcast, on which he appeared with Carrie Cracknell, the director of [...]

  • Photo: Jeremy Daniel

    'The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical' Gets Broadway Run

    “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” is Broadway bound. The musical adaptation of the franchise about a teenager who discovers he’s the son of Poseidon hits the Great White Way on Sept. 20 ahead of an Oct. 16 opening night. It comes on the heels of an extensive, nationwide tour that took the show [...]

  • Tom Sturridge Jake Gyllenhaal

    Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge Celebrate 'Sea Wall/A Life' With Star-Studded Opening Night

    A star-studded audience looked on as Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge returned to the stage for their double monologue performance in “Sea Wall/A Life.” Theater-goers and celebs including Anne Hathaway, Tom Hiddleston and John Mulaney gathered in Manhattan’s Hudson Theatre for opening night, celebrating a show tackling grief, birth and death through the eyes of [...]

  • Bat Out of Hell review

    Off Broadway Review: 'Bat Out of Hell'

    No one has ever accused Jim Steinman of subtlety. The composer behind Meat Loaf’s 1977 “Bat Out of Hell” (more than 43 million albums sold worldwide) and 1993’s “Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell” (five and six times platinum in the UK and US) has forever trafficked in a boldly theatrical brand of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content