CIRQUE DREAMS “POP GOES THE ROCK” is the 15th show produced in Dream Studios since its creation in 1993. Since then the Cirque Dream Team has entertained more than 50 million people worldwide under the artistic direction of founder Neil Goldberg. Cirque Dreams shows have appeared in theaters, casinos, theme parks, at sea and on Broadway and have garnered international critical acclaim from USA Today, The New York Times, The Associated Press, CNN, The Today Show, Fox and Friends to name a few. Fifteen shows, twenty scores, dozens of stage sets, thousands of variety acts and 10,000 award winning costumes have been produced at Dream Studios.
POP GOES THE ROCK is the newest musical stage spectacle from Cirque Dreams and is being presented at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall after 2 years of intensive development. This one-of-a-kind variety show unites generations through a melding of gymnastics, dance, music, acting, fantasy, and lights. The show’s stage wizardry blends an international cast of astonishing Cirque Dreamers who transform a carnival fun house into a rock n roll party that’s movin’ and groovin’ to an original live band. Music and fantasy ignite the fun house when Jack pops out of his box and catapults the artists into feats of impossible grace, athleticism, mayhem and uncontrollable sensory spectacle that doesn’t stop until Jack’s back in the box.
The producers have looked at 10,000 songs from the Sony Library and chosen 24 from the 1940′s to the present time. “We re-orchestrated them in the carnival fun house with aerialists, live band and live singers,” stated founder and artistic director Neil Goldberg. The songs for POP GOES THE ROCK are presented and performed live accompanying over 14 variety acts, more that 100 costumed characters, elaborate lighting, special effects and more. Songs include Call Me Irresponsible,” “King of the Road,” “Womanizer,” “Beautiful,” “Zoot Suit Riot,” “She Bangs,” “The Heat is On,” “In the Summertime,” “Let it Ride,” “Apologize,” “No More Nice Guy,” “Never Gonna Let You Go,” “Like A Prayer,” “Right ‘Round,” “Jump,” “Rappers Delight,” “I Love the Nightlife” and many more. This is music that ignites all generations in a laser show that ignites all senses.