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Cirque Jungle Fantasy at Broward Center

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There is nothing like a blond god to draw an audience, as evidenced by opening night of Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy at the Broward Center last night. Despite the show’s kid-appeal, only about 10% of the audience were youngsters.

Being the gay mecca of the country, the main appeal of the show for many theatre-goers is the 6 foot-five actor with the perfect blond hair and body to match. My companion for the evening labelled him “exquisite.” His role as the violinist is designed to set the pace of the action on stage, which includes everything from circus-style juggling acts to a mime routine.

If this reminds one of the Ed Sullivan show, one would not be too far off the mark. Several theatre critics have commented on the parallels since the show was created in Pompano Beach by Neil Goldberg. It ran on Broadway to good reviews in 2008 and has since been seen in ten countries.

The most popular scene was one in which a guy came out of a pod filled with water. His performance was both seductive and sensual, and ended with a rubber ducky. How cute!

Costumes are a big part of the show. The best ones are the ostrich, zebra and giraffe. For the ostrich the actor’s hand is used to emulate the beak. I heard one member of the audience saying he would tell his friends he saw two ostriches “getting it on at the Broward Center.” That should generate some conversation at a dinner party!

Fans of other Cirque shows will note the limitations of this one. All the action is strictly above the stage. In the large Cirque shows, held in tents, they literally fly through the air over the audience.

But the non-stop action is still there, with animals and plants running back and forth all the time. The skaters were “outrageously awesome” according to my companion, who had never seen a Cirque show before. He was also enamoured with the aerial acts. In one, an acrobat worked on a limp wire, doing tricks that amazed the audience.

The only bad part of the show is that it will only be here until July 27, so get your tickets fast!

www.browardcenter.org

 

Show background:

 

Proclaimed, “The grandest circus spectacle east of Vegas” by New York Magazine, CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY debuted at the Broadway Theatre in 2008 and is to date, the first and only show of its kind to ever perform on Broadway. The show furthered its critical acclaim in 2010 when pop princess icon Debbie Gibson, performed the leading role of Mother Nature at the MGM Grand Theatre, Foxwoods, Connecticut.

 

CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY received the 2011 Brass Ring award for live entertainment excellence at Busch Gardens Tampa and recently returned from a United States
Armed Forces world tour entertaining over 100,000 troops and their families at 17 military installations throughout 10 countries. In 2013, the show was redesigned into a modern dinner theatre experience in partnership with Norwegian Cruise Lines Breakaway, sailing year-round from NYC and voted “Best Show at Sea” by Porthole Magazine.
Clifford Cunningham

Dr. Clifford Cunningham is a planetary scientist. He earned his PhD in the history of astronomy at the University of Southern Queensland, and has undergraduate degrees in science and ancient history from the University of Waterloo. In 2014 he was named a contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica. He is the author of 14 books on asteroids and the history of science. In 1999 he appeared on the TV show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Asteroid 4276 was named in his honor in 1990 by the International Astronomical Union based on the recommendation of its bureau located at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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