‘Paramour’ is thrilling theater

Linda Armstrong | 7/21/2016, 11:38 a.m.
In the audience, you get to experience a captivating story, phenomenal singing and some of the most stunning, graceful and ...

‘Paramour’ is thrilling theater

In the audience, you get to experience a captivating story, phenomenal singing and some of the most stunning, graceful and lovely acrobatics you’ve ever seen. Creative guide and creative director Jean-Francois Bouchard has succeeded in combining the worlds of Broadway theater, with engaging story lines of success, ambition and love, with film presentations and soaring, over-your-head acrobatics!

One aspect of this production that I absolutely loved occurred when the lead actors were singing about their love and struggles. While they sang, acrobats who represented their characters emerged onstage and performed fantastic acrobatics that illustrated the meaning of the words and lyrics. The audience just sat in awe. We were totally silent and incredibly captivated by how entertaining this production is. What Bouchard has done here is nothing short of magnificent. He is brilliant! This unique, original presentation has mesmerizing direction by Philippe Decoufle, and the delightful acrobatic scenes are the work of Acrobatic Creative Director and Acrobatic Designer and Choreographer Shana Carroll.

The story involves Indigo, an aspiring actress, who is discovered by A.J., a film director, who casts her as the star of his new movie, “Paramour.” A.J. also hires Joey, a composer, to compose the music for the film. The film depicts a number of scenes involving two men, each trying to win the love of one woman. And that story line also mirrors what’s happening in the musical.

“Paramour” is an experience you will never forget! It is so daring that it will influence the boundaries set by Broadway shows in the future. “Paramour” stars Ruby Lewis as Indigo, Jeremy Kushnier as A.J. and Ryan Vona as Joey. Other cast members include Bret Shuford, Sarah Meahl and Kat Cunning.

The production has a marvelous live band positioned on both sides of the theater in the balcony boxes. There is also a delightful scene with many performers, in addition to the main cast, performing acrobatics by jumping on different trampolines situated on the stage in a building roof scene. This scene was immensely fun to watch.

Make plans to take children of all ages to see “Paramour.” For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/paramour.