It looks like bringing the circus to Radio City Music Hall might be turning into an annual event! Just like it did last year, Cirque du Soleil’s “Zarkana” is coming back to New York for the summer, starting on June 6 and wrapping up on September 4. Although “Zarkana” plays in many different theaters around the globe, it was made with the venues of Radio City Music Hall and the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow. These two cities are the only theaters in which “Zarkana” is a seasonal event.
Being Cirque du Soleil, of course it’s going to be filled with tons of acrobatics, illusions, and tons of theatrical flair; but this show takes the regular Cirque and takes it up several notches. It takes its name from blending the two words “bizarre” and “arcana;” and as the story unfolds, we find a magician in the middle of his empty theater after he’s lost both his love and his magic. Begging God to bring both of them back, the magician and the audience are taken into a world that is transformed and where the lines between the real and the surreal become not only blurred, but erased altogether.
One of the best experiences any theater-goer can hope for when they go to a show is to be taken to a world completely different than the one they know, and in that regard “Zarkana” does not disappoint. Tickets for this truly magical and bizarre show go on sale February 20.