Zarkana

I saw Cirque du Soleil's Zarkana recently. I had never seen a Cirque du Soleil performance before, so I didn't really know what to expect. Plus, I was particularly interested in seeing the performance in Radio City Music Hall, which

I had never been to before.

“”Zarkana is an acrobatic rock opera that blends circus arts with the surreal to create a world where physical virtuosity rubs shoulders with the strange.The story follows Zark, a magician who has lost his powers – and the love of his life – in an abandoned theatre populated by a motley collection of off-the-wall characters and incomparable acrobats. He runs into the Mutants, four sirens as sinister as they are fabulous, who are determined to divert him from his quest.

Zarkana is a visual vortex set in a slightly twisted musical and acrobatic fantasy universe where, little by little, chaos and craziness give way to festivity and love regained.””

I loved how dark Zarkana is, and to be honest, I don't think I would have liked it as much if it weren't as dark. It was like an adult version of the circus. My favorite acts were the handbalancing and the wheel of death. I was definitely captivated by the show the entire time I was there. I was also in awe over the grandness of Radio City. Radio City Music Hall has a fabulous history:

“”When the stock market crashed in 1929, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. held a $91 million, 24-year lease on a piece of midtown Manhattan property properly known as

“”the speakeasy belt.”” Plans to gentrify the neighborhood by building a new Metropolitan Opera House on the site were dashed by the failing economy and the business outlook was dim. Nevertheless, Rockefeller made a bold decision that would leave a lasting impact on the city's architectural and cultural landscape. He decided to build an entire complex of buildings on the property-buildings so superior that they would attract commercial t

enants even in a depressed city flooded with vacant rental space. The project would express the highest ideals of architecture and design and stand as a symbol of optimism and hope.

The search for a commercial partner led to the Radio Corporation of America, a young company whose NBC radio programs were attracting huge audiences and whose RKO studios were producing and distributing popular motion pictures that offered welcome diversion in hard times. Rockefeller's financial power and RCA's media might were joined by the unusual talents of impresario S.L. “”Roxy”” Rothafel. Roxy had earned a reputation as a theatrical genius by employing an innovative

combination of vaudeville, movies and razzle-dazzle decor to revive struggling theatres across America. Together Rockefeller, RCA and Roxy realized a fantastic dream – a theatre unlike any in the world, and the first completed project within the complex that RCA head David Sarnoff dubbed “”Radio City.”” Radio City Music Hall was to be a palace for the people. A place of beauty offering high-quality entertainment at prices ordinary people could afford. It was intended to entertain and amuse, but also to elevate and inspire“” (Radio City).

Before the show, I grabbed a drink with my friend at Forty Four in the Royalton. I don't have drinks at nice hotel bars nearly as often as I should. Forty Four is a great place to meet with a friend. The sitting area is cool and dim, clean and spacious, and the drink menu has good cocktails. Overall, I had a fantastic evening out–a New York City kind of evening to be exact 🙂

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