The move could be even riskier that it looks. After its last two New York shows flopped, Cirque Du Soleil on Wednesday will for the first time put its high flying acrobats on Broadway with the new show called Paramour. I'm Lisa Bernhardt inside New York's Lyric Theatre high above rehearsals for Paramour where producers are still making last minute tweaks to Cirque du Soleil's Broadway debut.
This is one of Broadway's most spacious theatres which you would need for a cast of 38, half of them acrobats. And a whopping $25 million budget. That's twice the cost of Hamilton for something most Cirque fans aren't used to seeing. The troupe's famed tumblers woven among actors singing and dancing through a scripted love story.
Cast feeling pressure?>> Well I wasn't nervous about it until just now, thank you. I haven't even thought about it. I'm gonna just need a minute.>> Actually, a minute was about all the time Kushnier had to prepare for his lead role. Producers dumped his predecessor just weeks prior to Wednesday's opening.
>> The good thing is, I walked into something that was still in its inception or in it's creation. And that can be shown by the hundreds and hundreds of pages of changes that we've put in on a daily basis.>> Female lead, Ruby Lewis, a Broadway newcomer, says the toughest part is staying in character while surrounded by all the eye popping stunts.
A beloved staple of its nearly 20 global shows.>> The way the audience feels every night is how I feel every night, as well. It still very startling and makes my heart race when I'm on stage, so it's difficult not to just look slack jawed up there.>> Despite the challenges, so far, the show is defying gravity and many expectations.
Previews have been nearly sold out, with weekly gross ticket sales exceeding $1 million.>> Now that's show business.>>