In 2005, at a Broadway industry conference in NYC, Neil Goldberg proposed to many theatre colleagues the concept of producing an affordable, family friendly holiday stage show that would be able to tour and perform virtually in every city throughout the United States. The idea was initially met with reluctance as audiences were deemed to be in the celebratory holiday spirit the months of November and December only, making both the investment and scale of any potential production a challenging business venture. At that time, there were limited holiday theatrical entertainment options, mostly local productions of classics and an occasional big city touring show. Neil Goldberg was determined to bring to theatres across the country a holiday show inspired by his lifelong ornament collection, talent from around the world, and the resources of the rapidly growing and popular Cirque Dreams entertainment brand…a holiday stage spectacle that would become the greatest variety show on the planet.
With perseverance and the 2008 success of Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy on Broadway, the concept of Cirque Dreams Holidaze had growing interest and promise. Cirque Productions initially invested $1.5 Million to produce the first touring production of Cirque Dreams Holidaze in 2008. The show exceeded all expectations and continued evolving over the years with production enhancements including new sets, elaborate costume additions, original and licensed music, larger scale production numbers, bigger casts, and a medley of diversified talent from around the world. Every element of the show celebrated the holiday season combining tradition, spectacle, and imagination with song, variety, and amazement.
As audiences continued to flock to Cirque Dreams Holidaze shows in cities throughout the country from local performing arts centers to The Kennedy Center, popularity and demand grew evolving into multiple simultaneous touring productions. Today, the show is in its tenth anniversary season and features some of the best, never-before-seen, unique and diversified artists from around the world, along with astounding variety acts of all kinds, many of which have been featured on America’s Got Talent and similar TV talent shows in other countries. The show, artists, scenes, costumes, music, and everything celebrated in the holiday season continues evolving while Cirque Dreams Holidaze airs as a made for PBS television special throughout the country.
With unparalleled critical acclaim and millions of fans across the country celebrating their holiday season at a Cirque Dreams Holidaze show, the dream of producing the greatest variety show on the planet has become a reality and iconic annual holiday event for families and audiences everywhere.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze is affordably priced from $29 to $69 and will perform two shows at the Saroyan Theatre 12/19 and 12/20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Fresno Convention Center box office, ticketmaster.com, or via phone at 800-745-3000 or on the Broadway Fresno website.
For more information, visit www.cirqueproductions.com.
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