Theater Thursday: Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil

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Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

Last night I checked out my very first Cirque du Soieil show called Zarkana which was honestly one of the coolest things I have seen in a very long time. Basically, Cirque has taken the traditional circus and “glammed” it up with great music, crazy costumes and a classy venue… no big top here! Read on to find out what made this show so cool and why I think it’s something you need to add to your social calendar…

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First of all, who doesn’t want to see a crazy cool circus at the world famous Radio City Music Hall?! Talk about a perfect venue. The show began with a woman doing some of the craziest things with tennis balls I have ever seen. Not quite as insane as the ping-pong ball scene from Priscilla Queen of the Desert… but the trick still left my mouth hanging wide open. And this was how I looked for about half of the show. From the tennis-ball lady to the clowns to the trapeze performers, this show had something for everyone.

Is the show worth the money? I don’t think this show is worth the $250 orchestra seats that they charge. We bought our seats through Groupon or Living Social a while back, so I ended up only paying around $65 a seat. For that price, it was well worth it, (but I would not have been happy if I payed the big ticket price.)

My suggestion  is to check out TKTS before you go; the organization is committed to making theater and dance affordable to all.  TKTS also has a great iPhone and iPad app that you can download and instantly see what shows are available in real-time and what their discount is. You can also check out BroadwayBox.com if you want to grab tickets in advance and don’t want to take the risk with TKTS.

Check out the trailer for Zarkana:

Bottom line: I would definitely check this show out, just not at full price.  Especially if you have kids, taking them to Zarkana is a no-brainer (I heard children laughing the entire time).

Grab (full price) tickets [HERE]

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