Archive for February, 2012

84th Academy Awards to celebrate – and amuse

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Send in the clowns.

In a year where Academy Award nominations and box office success seem inversely related, producers for the 84th Academy Awards are trying to drum up ratings with a lineup of notable comedians to spice up the evening. Billy Crystal returns as MC this year, and he’ll be joined by the likes of Will Farrell, Tina Fey, Chris Rock and the cast of “Bridesmaids” among others. What lacked in the box office and excitement department producers appear to be trying to fill with a sheer number of presenters and entertainment value. With attendance at the theaters at an all-time low, the Academy Awards are probably at the bottom of everyone’s minds. Fortunately, show producers and Mike Myers have taken it upon themselves to give us a brush-up course on how to treat Oscar properly:

With few blockbusters nominated for awards, it’ll be interesting to see how this year’s Oscars will pan out. Producers feel it’s best to laugh off a tough year in Hollywood. And of course we’ll be wondering whether The Dictator – aka Sacha Baron Cohen – will show up in light of his snub the show’s executives (look it up on YouTube if you dare). If this all sounds like a circus waiting to unfold, you likely wouldn’t be too far off the mark: Cirque du Soleil is slated to make an exclusive performance live at the awards show.

Check out the complete list of presenters and performers; who are you looking forward to seeing on stage at the Kodak Theatre? What are your picks for this year’s award winners?

Remember that can get you in to see Cirque du Soleil and the best comedy acts out there; we are never sold out!

Harlem Globetrotters keep whistlin’ on

Monday, February 20th, 2012

While Jeremy Lin may be the talk of basketball nowadays, he still has a long way to go before matching the longevity of the Harlem Globetrotters. The modern incarnation of the Globetrotters have been dribbling and dazzling crowds to the tune of Sweet Georgia Brown since 1929, and in 2012 they are still going strong with North American shows scheduled well into April. While the NBA may have the lion’s share of hype in the basketball world, the longevity and cultural impact of the Globetrotters is something to behold.

At the time of their inception in the 1920s, the Globetrotters were a social and cultural game-breaker in the pre-Civil Rights era in the United States. In a period where blacks were commonly referred to as second-class citizens, the athleticism and undeniable skills of the Globetrotters transcended norms and forced a change in attitudes regarding black athletes. Basketball today is a global sport with athletes and fans of all colors and creeds. While ‘Linsanity’ is the latest phenom in the sport, perhaps some of the credit for his emergence – and that of retired player Yao Ming – can be traced back to the days when the Harlem Globetrotters burst onto the court.

In 2005, a documentary chronicling the Globetrotters was released. You can see Part 1 here on YouTube:

What do you think has been the most significant contribution of the Globetrotters to the sport of basketball? What’s been your favorite trick shot that they’ve done over the years?

If you’d like to catch the Globetrotters on their 2012 tour, check out the list of dates on our website. is your way to see all the best shows; we are never sold out!

Celebrating the King of Pop – Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Few in the history of music put on a show and redefined popular music quite like Michael Jackson. Even after nearly three years since the King of Pop’s passing, his star still remains bright in the music world and in the hearts of his countless fans. Befitting of Jackson’s music and exhilarating stage presence, Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour” tribute to the pop icon is an extravaganza of music, costume and breathtaking acrobatic performances. Set to Jackson’s electrifying (albeit recorded) voice and hits such as “Smooth Criminal”, “Thriller”, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, and “Bad”, the show is 22 scenes of Cirque magic that brings the singer’s work to life.

Thus far through the 2011 leg of the tour’s run, reviews have highlighted the production values and immaculate performances so iconic and expected from a Cirque du Soleil production. The most memorable scenes include a rendition of Jackson’s classic “Thriller”, complete with zombies and ghouls busting their moves. Michael’s iconic dance moves are on full masterful display to lively beats of “Smooth Criminal”, “Beat it” and “Jam”. Not just a rock concert, the show also highlights Cirque’s artistic flair in their tributes to Jackson’s messages of love and social justice.

You can read some of reviews published thus far here:

The Vancouver Sun’s Francois Marchand

Los Angeles Times’ Randall Roberts

St. Louis American

The North American portion of the tour wraps up August 15th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles before it moving on to Europe to finish off 2012. The Michael Jackson World Tour began in October 2011; have you seen it yet? For those who have, what did you think of it? How did it measure up to Cirque du Soleil’s other productions?

If you haven’t seen it yet, remember that is your ticket to Cirque’s Michael Jackson World Tour and the hottest shows around – we are never sold out! For a full list of the remaining shows being held in the United States and Canada, be sure to visit our website.