By – Cirque du Soleil
At – WaMu Theatre, Madison Square Garden, NYC
This is a tale of a young boy named Wintuk. Wintuk goes in search of snow and adventure with his companions, a female shaman, the shadow of a girl and a timid man. He lives in a city where there are extreme cold, long nights and shadows but no snow. This is a family oriented show. Children will find it interesting.
This is the first time Cirque du Soleil has teamed up with MSG to present a production exclusively made for the
theatre at MSG. Cirque du Soleil is a Canadian entertainment company. They started as a group of 20 street performers in 1984. Today they employ more than 3500 people and perform in over 100 countries. They are head-quartered in Montreal.
Cirque du Soleil is famous for their fantastic sets and acrobatics. There couldn’t be anything better than this group in such productions. But somehow that magic is missing in “Wintuk”. The first half was not impressive. Only three items seemed interesting in the first half – the balancing cyclists, the rag doll act and the acrobat balancing on an assortment of spindles, balls, planks and what have you. They could have avoided the juggling, the rope walking and some other fluff. When one thinks of Cirque du Soleil one imagines better things. Juggling? Naa… In fact they spent about 7 minutes or more on this. The set was good. The talking puppets and the adorable singing lampposts were fun. The lampposts with their long lashes and eye movements proved the group’s attention to detail.
The second half is good. The culmination was also good with paper stars falling over the audience imitating snow. But if you have watched other Cirque du Soleil shows like that in Las Vegas etc. you will be left a little disappointed.
The WaMu Theatre is a semi circular one with seats well staggered upwards so that the person sitting in front does not obstruct your view. The stage is also semi circular. The best seating would obviously be the ones spanning in a cone shape from the stage (front centre orchestra). The seats at the two ends would not afford a good view – but naturally! A view from the side is given here.
Coupon codes / discount codes / promo codes for Cirque du Soleil are available from various coupon sites like Groupon.
The ticket prices range from about $40 to $100. It is available at www.Ticketmaster.com
How to get to Madison Square Garden –
i) NJ Path or N,R,Q,W,B,D,F and V to 33rd station. Walk towards 7th Ave. – MSG right across the road.
ii) 1,2 or 3 to Subway Penn Station
iii) 1 to 28th street (on 7th Ave.)
iv) LIRR (Intercity Rail) or NJ Transit to New York Penn Station (busiest Amtrak Station in the U.S)
v) Number of parking garages are available in the area, some are given below –
Meyers / Indoor 230 W 31st (7th/8th) (212) 736-8233
Kinney / Outdoor 109 W 31st (6th/7th) (212) 971-0704
Central Parking 33rd St (7th/8th) (212) 563-1131
It ran for 10 weeks in the winter holiday season from 2007 to 2011.