The scoop on Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria opening in Honolulu, Oct. 15

Posted: August 24, 2010 by Nathan Kam in Hawaiian Islands, Oahu, Random Raves & Rants
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I first fell in love with Cirque du Soleil after watching Mystere at Treasure Island in Las Vegas years ago. Since then, I’ve seen Zumanity, Ka, and the traveling show Saltimbanco. Mind-blowing stuff and something everyone should experience at least once in their lives.

I had the incredible opportunity to interview Cirque du Soleil’s Senior Artistic Director Michael G. Smith while he was in Honolulu back in June. He was here to help announce the coming of Cirque’s show Alegria which will open at Honolulu’s Neal S. Blaisdell Center on October 15, 2010. Aside from being a charming fellow who is obviously passionate about his job and the arts, Michael gives me the scoop on:

  • what someone who’s never seen a Cirque du Soleil show can expect
  • what the typical reaction is by those who see Cirque for the first time
  • how a road show is different (but as entertaining) from the stage show in Las Vegas
  • how Alegria is different from Saltimbanco
  • whether there’s any other show in Hawaii right now that comes near the Cirque experience
  • the best way to enjoy a Cirque show filled with tons of color, movement, and amazement
  • why Alegria is a great value and experience for the entire family

I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I enjoyed making it. Alegria opens October 15 and runs through October 31 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena. Tickets are available through

For show updates, you can also follow Cirque du Soleil’s exclusive Hawaii account on Twitter.

We’ll definitely be there. Hope to see you at the show too!

Disclosure: The agency I work for (Anthology Marketing Group) is assisting with the public relations for Alegria in Honolulu. I do not work on the account. This interview was done for this blog.


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  1. AWESOME! I had no idea this was coming. My wife will be so excited! We are going to Vegas and will see one of the other Cirque shows, but Allegria is not showing there.
    thanks for the info! Definitely will be there!

    • Nathan says:

      @Aloha Tony: Mahalo for stopping by…can’t wait for this show to arrive. Loved Saltimbanco here a couple years ago…and love the Vegas shows. Have fun!!

  2. baby says:

    We been there love it!

  3. Tino says:

    Just got a mailer from Hawaiian Telcom offering $20 off tickets for their customers. There’s a website on the mailer.

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