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Paramour

Members say: Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious, Delightful, Cliched
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43 reviews
Members
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723 reviews
 

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

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'Paramour' spins the tale of a beautiful young actress forced to choose between love and art in the glamorous world of Golden Age Hollywood. Featuring eye-popping acrobatics and sumptuous music and dance, this one-of-a-kind spectacle transports audiences to a sublime world of emotion and awe as it walks the exhilarating tightrope of the heart.

 


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Reviews (766)

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48
Avg Score

20
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

75
Theatermania

"Cirque du Soleil delivers a show that is acrobatic, operatic, and completely entertaining. This is musical theater as an extreme sport...This highly stimulating barrage of talent is undeniably entertaining. When it comes to telling a story, however, it's deadly...'Paramour' was written and designed specifically with the intention of using circus performance to tell a new story, and occasionally, it succeeds in doing just that, to thrilling effect." Full Review

20
New York Post

“Rather than play up what it does best — eye-popping stunts and trippy visuals tied together by a loose concept — Cirque went for a Franken-show made up of misshapen parts: circus, dance, musical numbers, interactive projections...The first act is tantalizingly close to working, especially if you can blank out the godawful dialogue...The second act devolves into an incoherent mess topped off by an interminable rooftop chase involving trampolines.” Full Review

60
Variety

"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.” Full Review

55
Time Out New York

“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.” Full Review

30
The Hollywood Reporter

“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.” Full Review

40
The Guardian (UK)

“Fitfully thrilling and consistently baffling...A work this extravagantly misguided generates its own excitement. The mind can’t rest as it struggles to make sense of a woman warbling the title song as a man balances an umbrella on his head...If ‘Paramour’ has all the elements of a traditional Broadway tuner, they are jumbled together in so topsy-turvy a fashion as to achieve a perverse originality, a three-ring circus of artistic muddle, miscalculation and mayhem. And zombies.” Full Review

55
Lighting & Sound America

"It's more like the idea of a book, an un-fleshed-out concept with lines that sound like placeholders…The songs often sound like they were translated from another language without a grammar check…When 'Paramour' gets down to what Cirque du Soleil does best, it becomes an entertaining show…It may verge on being a shambles, but the acts are genuinely thrilling…It's certainly possible to have a good time at 'Paramour' -- as long as you know what you're getting into." Full Review

35
The Stage (UK)

"Though 'Paramour' features some spectacular circus acts, there’s something ludicrous about its efforts to marry them to what’s supposed to be a traditional Broadway musical...Indeed, every scene or song is accompanied by specialty acts or special effects that range from the peerless to pointless...All the dexterous derring-do acts not just as a distraction from the dopey dialogue, uninspired lyrics and largely generic music, but as pretty much the only good reason to see this show." Full Review

60
Theater Life

“Nothing more than a tissue-thin excuse to trot out the various acrobatic routines for which the Canadian troupe is famous. If you go looking for clever dialogue or memorable songs, you won’t find them. However, if you come in expecting spectacular circus-themed joy, it’s here in abundance...With so many stagers involved, it’s no wonder the production is confusing...Fortunately there is enough high-flying pizzazz to make the overall show worth enough 'ahhhs' to justify your time." Full Review

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New York Magazine / Vulture

“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.’” Full Review

70
Front Row Center

"'Paramour' is a thinly disguised excuse to put these gymnasts/dancers on the stage. Noted. The story is a combination of every old plot you can shake a stick at...Indeed there seems to have been a bit of overthinking with this story. This is unfortunate because everyone on that stage is bringing their 'A' game–and they are a formidable collection of talent...Is 'Paramour' brilliant? Not quite. Did I have a great time – you betcha." Full Review

60
The Huffington Post

"In between the predictable plot lines, the $25 million production offers inventive stage acts...Most of the visual elements...are dazzling. Director-conceiver Philippe Decoufle keeps the action flowing, and every now and then, the stage performances and the romance connect...The twist, and the downside, is the story itself, which is banal. That doesn’t mean the show isn’t entertaining—or the leads don’t deliver. Just that as Broadway musicals go, it’s more Las Vegas than Great White Way." Full Review

45
Talkin' Broadway

“A piece that excites only intermittently as a circus attraction and never as a theatre piece...Many second-rate movies or plays goes at least this deep and, sadly, many go deeper...Yes, the show fails where it counts most. But it's gotten everything else right. The music is lush, brassy, and sumptuously evocative of period excess...The show could not look better...Some substance is ultimately required, but there's nothing to be found beneath ‘Paramour's’ bewitching surface.” Full Review

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AM New York

“A middling, mindless diversion that awkwardly combines circus feats with elements of traditional musical theater...Cheesy dialogue and forgettable new songs are thrown in...All things considered, ‘Paramour’ is a lame, harmless alternative for international tourists who want to see a Broadway show but would prefer something with the Cirque du Soleil imprimatur than a long-running hit like ‘Chicago,’ ‘The Lion King’ or ‘The Phantom of the Opera.’ Frankly, I think they can do better.” Full Review

25
New York Daily News

"Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever Broadway spectacle boasts high-flying aerialists and acrobatic flippers — but the show still flops...Disposable songs, a schizophrenic tone and nonsensical scenes don't help matters. This hapless hybrid of Cirque and the Great White Way does something unexpected: it makes you want to run away and not join the circus." Full Review

75
Deadline

"This is the show with which the Montreal-based global franchise plants its standard on Broadway, promising—and, in spades, delivering—a mashup of '42nd Street' backstage romance, non-stop 'Ziegfeld Follies' and Cirque’s brand of acrobatic arts. It’s as eye-popping as Christmas at Radio City, if not quite as intimate or touching...Audiences may wonder why that annoying story kept stopping the action dead in its computer-assisted tracks...We’ve come for the visuals." Full Review

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CurtainUp

"While there's a story as well as the acrobatics for which Cirque du Soleil is known and show-enhancing video and film elements, that story falls way short of being captivating. And the dazzling visuals not only upstage that story but often seem more wedged in than smoothly interwoven...Given the money spent to bring 'Paramour' to Broadway and the talent behind the scenes and on stage, one can't help wishing they'd come up with something less derivative and, alas, dull." Full Review

40
Newsday

"Awesome acrobatics and first-rate Vegas/Busby Berkeley visuals are not anything Cirque needs to prove...As a musical, alas, the awkward story is a Golden-Age Hollywood cliché, the choreography is generic and the serviceable music dips lavishly into retro-bombastic influences...The book is dull padding between the wows...We have to wait until someone has a dream ballet or A.J. has a nightmare in order for the creators to justify the marvelous physical virtuosity." Full Review

25
The Wrap

"'Paramour' is most successful when it just chucks the plot entirely…By the second act, the three very uncharismatic leads and their generic tunes have definitely worn out their welcome…Wonderful is a chase across Manhattan rooftops. It’s most wonderful because the three leads are now gone completely...The number puts much needed bounce back into 'Paramour'...'Paramour’ features one of the most outlandishly awful big musical numbers ever. Yes, ever!" Full Review

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NorthJersey.com

"The production is a bumpy, swerving ride. It begins with an assault on the senses, with vast musical routines...If the goal is disorientation, the numbers succeed splendidly...The tone of the story, which has groaningly awful dialogue, veers uncertainly between broad satire and semi-seriousness...'Paramour' gives the sense of being created by a group, with everyone tossing in something." Full Review

65
The Associated Press

"Sometimes overstuffed and awkward but it always finds its footing when it highlights its soaring, rubber-bodied stars…Unlike other Cirque shows, this one does a really fine job of integrating the acrobats into the narrative…It's thrilling stuff…It's got a cliche-ridden, lumbering plot and dialogue that veers from leaden German operatic to kiddie jokes…A lot of 'Paramour' looks like too many cooks were tossing in ingredients…When the show works, it works." Full Review

60
WNBC

"A hybrid musical combining a conspicuously familiar plot with a series of genuinely thrilling athletic sequences…'Paramour' goes heavy on the company’s signature stunt sequences to our relief, because there isn’t much to be extracted from the often eye-glazing book and score…Kushnier makes the most of his cliché-ridden role, exuding confidence and hubris as needed. Lewis has a beautiful voice and gamely follows the worn path laid out ahead." Full Review

55
Woman Around Town

"The directorial credo of 'Paramour' appears to be more is better. Scenes are overstuffed with competition for our attention, perhaps in order to distract from a thin book and bland/utilitarian songs, few of whose lyrics are intelligible...For anyone particularly interested in the medium, however, the show is a must on the basis of both imagination and technical expertise...All in all a spectacle the sum of whose parts are not larger than the whole." Full Review

75
TheaterScene.net

"Philippe Decouflé hasn’t managed to make the plotline gel into a sensible, dramatic whole, but he certainly keeps the pace up with the help of the lighting designs of Patrice Besombes and Howell Binkley, the projections of Olivier Simola and Christophe Waksmann and Pierre Masse’s rigging and acrobatic equipment which had to be carefully—and safely—integrated into the scenery." Full Review

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72
Avg Score

70
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy great acrobatic routines, cliched stories.

Don't see it if You are seeking a meaningful plot, fresh score, strong acting, etc.

23
Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated, Slow

See it if you like shakily-performed cirque du soleil stunts

Don't see it if you like musicals, good plot, good music, good actors, good singers

50
Ambitious, Dizzying, Quirky, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if you get a free ticket

Don't see it if you are looking for a well crafted new Broadway musical, because you will be DISAPPOINTED.

Also When it was announced that Cirque du Soleil was creating a Broadway mu... Read more Read less

75
Enchanting, Disappointing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if If you like acrobatics and great singing.

Don't see it if If you want a strong story line

82
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you like romances

Don't see it if you don't like romances

75
Absorbing, Masterful, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you enjoy see good looking people doing impossible things such as acrobatic tricks, good singing, and a show with a light plot.

Don't see it if if you want a dramatic plot, hate acrobats, don't like musicals

85
Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Surprising

See it if you love non-stop visual old-Hollywood fantasy escapism. The singing's pretty great too. Open you mind, sit back/relax, enjoy the spectacle.

Don't see it if you like the usual cirque-de-so-blah stuff. There's a story here so if you don't want to pay attention, this ain't for you.

64
Ambitious, Dizzying, Romantic, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if You like Cirque du Soleil and romance.

Don't see it if You like well-told stories.

71
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy cirque du soleil. This show is more entertaining for the acrobatics than the story. Unique show.

Don't see it if you want to hear incredible signing and see outstanding acting. Again, this is mostly entertaining because of the acrobatics.

64
Ambitious, Dizzying, Entertaining, Great staging, Uneven

See it if you're drawn to the show primarily for the impressive acrobatics and spectacle - it's worth seeing for this aspect of the show

Don't see it if you're expecting a high quality Broadway musical; the story is lacking and isn't an effective backdrop for the physicality of the show

81
Ambitious, Dizzying, Cliched, Entertaining, 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.

95
Delightful, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like cirque du solei and musicals. good to see a cirque show presented in English.it was wonderfull

Don't see it if cant think of a reason not to

78
Ambitious, Dizzying, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if You like Cirque shows, enjoy circus acts, aren't looking for a strong plot. Revamp has more story than the original. Great Gatsby-era feel.

Don't see it if You need a strong plot, you hate random circus acts, you find the director-falls-for-girl-steals-from-boy-makes-her-a-star story line tired.

70
Entertaining, Great singing, Better than expected, Easy to watch

See it if You want a crowd pleasing simple story that is embellished by excellent cirque de soleil acrobatics, and fine singing. A big production!

Don't see it if you are a discriminating sophisticated theatregoer who really does not like cirque de soleil type performances.

77
Entertaining, Cliche, Trivial-story-telling, Mesmerizing performances, Mindless-froth

See it if you've seen everything on Broadway and want to put your mind away and enjoy the physical feats of the performers. Don't come for a story.

Don't see it if you're seeking something remarkably thought-provoking or even new in story-telling. It's all about the spectacle. The Cirque troupe stuns.

90
Enchanting, Great staging, Jaw dropping

See it if The music is fun and classic 1920s Hollywood, the actors are gorgeously dressed; what you see will SHOCK YOU.

Don't see it if You don't like acrobatics.

57
Ambitious, Dizzying, Riveting, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if you want to be dazzled my amazing acrobatics and INCREDIBLE staging. Full use of theater and amazing costumes

Don't see it if you want a thought-provoking, innovative storylines, or are looking to be surprised by the ending.

Also The acrobats were AMAZING. I sat there in awe and sometimes fearful fo... Read more Read less

25
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you don't mind a completely unoriginal story (if it can even be called a story), sub-par circus acts, and bad singing that doesnt make sense

Don't see it if you want a plot, good theater, don't want your experience of Cirque to be ruined by a horrible show, you want to be entertained.

Also It was horrible. I was excited to see it because I love Cirque de Sole... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if Want 2 hours of escapism.

Don't see it if Want musical that rivals the finest

70
Entertaining, Great acrobatics, Cheesy story

See it if you enjoy Cirque du Soleil and aerial acrobatics.

Don't see it if you want a story with a well-developed plot.

87
Absorbing, Indulgent, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you love over the top staging and production value. A unique take that feels like a movie, Cirque du Soleil show & musical all wrapped in 1.

Don't see it if you dont like death defying acrobatics, old hollywood references and cliche love triangles

55
Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if You want to see half of something. It's half a broadway musical and half a Cirque show.

Don't see it if You want something that feels full. I recommend just seeing a Broadway musical or a Cirque show. Not this hybrid of the two.

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

65
Disappointing, Slow, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want to see acrobatic stunts. A bit boring in parts, but some stunts were wonderfully choreographed.

Don't see it if you're expecting something new from Cirque de Soleil. They really did not present anything new they haven't done in their standard shows.

54
Ambitious, Delightful, Great staging

See it if you're a fan of Cirque du Soleil and impressive acrobatics.

Don't see it if you want an interesting story.