The live TV event follows 2013’s ‘The Sound of Music Live’ starring Carrie Underwood and last year’s ‘Peter Pan Live!’
After taking us to Salzburg in 2013, then flying us off to Neverland last year, NBC will next be taking us on a trip down the yellow brick road for a live television production of musical ‘The Wiz’. Working with NBC to bring the musical to life on the small screen with be Cirque Du Soleil’s new stage theatrical division, which will produce alongside the network.
Diana Ross starred in the film version of The Wiz in 1978
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who produced NBC’s previous two musical ventures, The Sound of Music and Peter Pan, will be returning as executive producers. While famed Broadway director Kenny Leon will be directing the project.
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What we know so far about the plan to tour Avatar as a performing arts arena spectacular.
As if producing the biggest grossing film of all time wasn’t enough, James Cameron has announced that his technologically ground-breaking and multi-award winning sci-fi epic will embark on a series of huge arena shows in collaboration with Cirque Du Soleil, the spellbinding mix of circus arts and street entertainment. After grossing a mind-boggling £1.6 billion ($2.7 billion) across the globe and scooping three Oscars, the cinematic phenomenon will be interpreted into the field of performing arts in what surely promises to be a visual spectacle that simply cannot be missed.
James Cameron has stated he will film the three Avatar sequels simultaneously.
The show is expected to tour towards the end of 2015, before the arrival of the three Avatar sequels, the first of which is due at the tail end of 2016. Following on from Cameron’s previous stint with the world-famous performing arts group in 2012’s 3D film World’s Away, the upcoming Avatar show looks set to be a visual extravaganza that promises to be nothing short of break-taking. Announced on Thursday by Cameron and Daniel Lamarre, CEO of Cirque Du Soleil at the C2MTL Commerce and Creativity Conference in Montreal, the live show promises to be as ground-breaking and awe-inspiring as the film itself.
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After the Cirque du Soleil lost one of its most experienced acrobats, and two children their mother in a horrific stage fall, the coroner's report has been released to determine whether anyone should be blamed
As if this weekend's news wasn't tragic enough on its own, the coroner's report has now been released for the death of the Cirque Du Soleil Acrobatic performer, 31 year-old Sarah Guillard-Guyot. As reported by the Las Vegas Sun, French-born Guyard-Guillot - or 'Sasoun' as she was known by fellow performers - "died from multiple blunt force trauma suffered Saturday when she fell approximately 90 feet during a performance of "Ka" at MGM Grand," in a statement from the Clark County Coroner's Office on Tuesday (2nd July) evening.
Cirque Du Soleil Acrobat, Sarah Guillard-Guyot Lost Her Life After A Fall.
The incident has been determined an accident but no official information has been released yet regarding the circumstances that led to her falling from her hoist. The coroner's news release said an investigation was being carried out by the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration into the incident which could take up to six months to complete.
Sarah Guyard-Guillot, a performer in Cirque du Soleil's "Ka", died tragically during a performance in Las Vegas. The mother of two fell around 50 feet onto the stage below. Despite regulations put in place to protect entertainers and performers, accidents do happen, and deaths whilst performing are more common than one would expect.
Cirque Du Soleil's performance of "Ka" was cut short on Saturday (29th June 2013) following the death of one of the troop's performers Sarah Guyard-Guillot. The 31-year-old performer seems to have slipped from her harness, during a performance in Las Vegas, and fallen around 50 feet to the stage below.
An acrobatic performer during Cirque du Soleil's Alegria in Birmingham, UK, in 2012.
Guyard-Guillot was a veteran performer. She was one of the original performers of "Ka", having been in the show since 2006. Her death is not being treated as suspicious. However, authorities are working with the Cirque in order to gain a complete picture of the events leading to Guyard-Guillot's untimely death.
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