Paramour
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Paramour NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(750 Reviews)
Positive
69%
Mixed
21%
Negative
10%
Members say
Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious, Cliched, Delightful

About the Show

World-renowned circus company Cirque du Soleil makes its Broadway debut with this brand-new musical extravaganza.

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Member Reviews (750)

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866 Reviews | 898 Followers
39
Excruciating, Disappointing, Baffling

See it if you must see every single Cirque Du Soleil show.

Don't see it if just don't. This is a real mess. Neither a real, good or skillful Cirque, nor a Broadway show. Writing is embarrassingly cliched & dated. Read more

841 Reviews | 1006 Followers
35
Excruciating, Cheesy, Messy, Really bad

See it if If you're a tourist who has never seen a broadway show or a Cirque Du Soleil show you might be entertained since you have nothing to compare

Don't see it if Just don't. The show is a total mess. Acting/Writing is horrible. The circus tricks weren't even very impressive. Don't waste your money

628 Reviews | 93 Followers
59
Disappointing

See it if The first half was very poor but the second half had better stunts.

Don't see it if If you like sophisticated shows

533 Reviews | 488 Followers
50
Busy, Incohesive, Banal, Uneven, Great acrobatics

See it if two amazing circus acts that take up about 20 minutes of the show are enough to satisfy your need for entertainment for over 2 hours.

Don't see it if you're expecting a musical that has compelling storytelling or an emotional arc that is earned. Or an ending that makes sense.

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
97
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You love a spectacular Cirque du Soleil show with amazing acrobatic feats that had the audience enthralled, plus a Broadway storyline

Don't see it if You want a playbill, as a 2-sided card is the only "playbill" you'll receive (no bio for any of the actors, etc).

463 Reviews | 128 Followers
60
Banal, Disappointing, Overrated, Insipid, Indulgent

See it if You want to see amazing acrobatics. You are a huge fan of Cirque du Soleil and can't miss any of their world famous spectacles.

Don't see it if You are looking for a plot that makes sense ! This plot is beyond ridiculous ! You want to see a traditional Broadway musical, Paramour = NO

431 Reviews | 131 Followers
65
Frenetic, Entertaining in part, Cliche script, non-existent plot, Indulgent, Cast has talent but staging is unfocused

See it if hmm.You like acrobatics and some big sets. You like "everything tossed in but the kitchen sink" with your musical numbers, some clever bits.

Don't see it if You're expecting usual Cirque du Soleil (it's not) or classic musical (it falls short). You don't fret someone will fall (they almost did.)

Nic
386 Reviews | 84 Followers
81
Entertaining, Cliched, Ambitious, Dizzying, Great staging

See it if you can ignore a weak plot to enjoy the spectacular acrobatics and impressive theatricality, plus the eminently watchable Jeremy Kushnier.

Don't see it if you require any sort of story worth investing in. There simply isn't one here (unless "who will the bland girl choose?" qualifies.) Yawn.

Critic Reviews (43)

The New York Times
May 25th, 2016

"Simultaneously frenetic and tedious…The athletic circus acts that are laced throughout the show provide the real entertainment, and make the surrounding book scenes and songs feel even more bogus and synthetic…There’s no denying the breathtaking magic of seeing bodies swim through the air with such apparent weightlessness. Too bad the musical surrounding them feels just as weightless, and far more forgettable."
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Time Out New York
May 26th, 2016

“A desperately mediocre (if extravagant) song-and-dance affair tricked out with specialty acts that are far more engaging than the dopey romantic triangle meant to hold our attention...The real fun (and beauty) happens when the hokey dialogue ends and the artists get to show their wares...You leave wishing the creative team had hired proven talents from real Broadway musicals or else, like shrewd moviemakers, left half of the material on the cutting-room floor.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
May 25th, 2016

“A bizarre mutant entertainment bred from the worst traits of Vegas circus shows and Broadway musicals. If you love either of those things, you’ll hate this...A series of clichés about humanoids accompanied by sounds...The daring acts are performed with evident skill. For Cirque fans there are too few of them. For the rest of us, the problem is that with only one exception they have nothing to do with the ‘narrative.’”
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The Hollywood Reporter
May 25th, 2016

“They seem to have gone out of their way to produce as banal and generic a musical as possible. Featuring atrocious dialogue and forgettable songs, it feels more like a parody than the real thing...The show does have some imaginative, thrilling sequences...But no matter how many times the action spills out over the stage and into the auditorium, it's not enough to draw you into the mess.”
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Entertainment Weekly
May 25th, 2016

"For most of 'Paramour,' you’re treated to a middling melodrama with some strong singing and many feats of stagecraft. What you don’t get, remarkably enough, are very many over-the-top displays of physical derring-do…The story makes no sense, the singing and dancing is delightful, and the acrobats are impressive but rarely amazing…The musical is trying to be many things at once, and it doesn’t fully succeed at any of them."
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Variety
May 25th, 2016

"The show has a book (corny), a score of show tunes (mindless), and a cast of singing and dancing actors...More happily, it also has those aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, and tumblers we love—and plenty of spectacle...On occasion, smart connections are made between the stage acts and the movie romance...A jaw-dropping high-wire act performed by the phenomenal twin aerialists is more authentically beautiful and sensually alluring than any of the claptrap going on below.”
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The Wall Street Journal
May 25th, 2016

"Alas, only the circus acts soar, sometimes literally, as the show’s musical and film elements play, at best, dutiful and uninspired parts…The lyrics are frequently lost in mushy diction and unreliable amplification, which is sometimes just as well for rhymes like 'poet' with 'know it.'...Of course, Indigo will still live on the silver screen, even if—as the star of 'Paramour'—that screen is lackluster and only occasionally brightened by the odd tumble or flying act."
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The Observer
June 2nd, 2016

"'Paramour' ain’t 'My Fair Lady' but the multitude of bodies leaping, jumping, zigzagging and flying through the air like a rocking constellation of awesome Great Santinis are jaw-droppingly great, making the cost justifiable, even when the labored attempt to follow every production number with a feeble story line does not...If your demands are not high and you don’t try to make too much sense of the wobbly so-called 'plot,' there’s a lot of skill on view here that is fun to watch."
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