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Cirque du Soleil Entertains with Their Colorful and Imaginative Performances

Cirque du Soleil was founded in 1984 by street performers Guy Laliberte and Gilles Ste-Croix. A Canadian entertainment company self-described as a mix of circus arts and street entertainment, the first toured Quebec in 1980.

In 1983, they received a grant from the government of Canada and their Le Grand Tour du Cirque du Soleil was a success. Once they received another year’s worth of funding, they recreated their show as a proper circus, though their lack of animals and character driven performances define the Cirque du Soleil as a contemporary circus.

Every show combines different styles of circus performing from across the globe around a central theme and story with continuous live music, while performers change out the props and backdrops instead of traditional stagehands.

Growth and Popularity

The Cirque du Soleil had a period of rapid growth and expansion in the 1990s and 2000s, going from a single performance to performances on nearly every continent – the exception being Antarctica. With a permanent show in Las Vegas getting 9000 visitors per performance, more than 90 million people from around the world have experienced the Cirque’s unique blend of art and performance.

And the Cirque du Soleil continues to grow, with plans for shows the world over, and new residency shows in the planning stages. A television deal is also in the works, along with a clothing line and other ventures. With all this going on, the award-winning Cirque du Soleil shows no sign of slowing down.

Tickets are on sale now for their many upcoming performances in 2013, so grab a few tickets and take your family and friends to see one of the most unique and entertaining shows on the planet.

The Show Goes on for Green Day!

Shortly after Billie Joe Armstrong took to the stage of the iHeart Radio Music Festival in September to launch into a long and angry rant, he checked himself into rehab for addiction. And while it hasn’t been an easy road since that time, the band has now picked themselves up and are moving on. In March, that will be to Rosemont, Illinois to start their tour which had been postponed due to Armstrong’s absence.

The tour is filled with brand new dates that are to replace the former dates Green Day had scheduled before the iHeart Music Festival. Originally saying that those dates would be postponed, the band has now officially cancelled them and brought entirely new shows. Those cities will include Pittsburgh, Rochester, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn, New York, to name just a few. The tour will take them throughout North America, wrapping up in Quebec City, Canada on April12. From there Green Day will travel from festival to festival, at various locations around the globe.

The road definitely hasn’t been easy, as bassist for the band, Mike Dirnt, said initially it was “killing everyone,” and that “Billie doesn’t take things lightly.” That’s already proven true with this upcoming tour, as a statement on the band’s official website said, “We want to thank everyone for hanging in with us for the last few months. So now, without further ado, the show must go on.”

‘Yoshimi’ to Battle Giant Robots on Broadway Soon

It was twelve and a half years ago that The Flaming Lips released their album, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and now, it’s coming to Broadway!

The Broadway show is bound to be everything you envision when listening to the electronic, psychedelic rock. And you’ll be able to see the story unfold of the girl Yoshimi, that is not only battling cancer, but also trying to decide between two very different boyfriends coming to the hospital to save her. The Pink Robots of course, are there, as a representation of the disease, and the obstacles one of the men must overcome when trying to rescue her.

On stage the robots will take on the form of giant pink forms that stand fourteen feet high; and dancers come onstage throughout wearing costumes that actually glow! It’s no wonder why; they’re designed from LED lights. The projections also add to the storyline, and audiences will be able to hear and see some of their favorite songs from the album play out right in front of them onstage. Along with the biggest hits from the record, music from two other Flaming Lips albums will also be included.

The show has already premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in November 2012 where it was a huge hit with audiences. It starred Kimiko Glenn as Yoshimi; Paul Nolan as Ben Nickel; Nik Walker as Booker; Pearl Sun as Mrs Yasukawa; John Haggerty as Yoshimi’s dad; and Tom Hewitt as Dr. Petersen. It’s been announced that the show will continue on for another New York stint, but no dates have yet been confirmed.