Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Benedum Center for the Performing Art
December 29 & 30
8 p.m. & 2 p.m.

For those seeking an infusion of holiday magnificence that will delight and entertain the entire family—including any Scrooge in your clan—don’t miss the international theatrical sensation known as Cirque Dreams Holidaze.

300 eye-popping costumes, 30 international performers and 20 choreographed acts will descend on the Benedum when the iconic show rolls into town to celebrate a variety of seasonal holidays.

Originally planned for a two-show run downtown, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has added a third show due to demand.

Equal parts Broadway musical and circus acrobatics—all rolled into one stage show spectacular—the winter-themed production is the brainchild of award-winning Broadway director and producer Neil Goldberg.

Not your standard, old-fashioned holiday affair, Cirque showcases performers from 12 different countries—many who have been featured on America’s Got Talent—undertaking a dazzling array of exhilarating, gravity-defying feats.

Audiences will be on the edge of their seats as gingerbread men flip artfully in mid-air and toy soldiers skillfully march in time along thin wires—while puppets sing carols, and snowmen, reindeer and penguins twirl, bounce and soar across the stage.

New this year are scenes depicting Chanukah and New Year’s holiday traditions. Audiences will watch as colossal candles transform into a glowing, 16-foot-long illuminated menorah. Helping to ring in 2017 will be Chinese ballerinas performing an impressive acrobatic proverb complete with waltz music and revolving mirror balls.

Cirque’s soaring vocalists, choreography and production numbers are all set to music that spans seasonal favorites such as “Winter Wonderland,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “O Holy Night,” as well as original music composed by Cirque Dreams musical director Jill Winters.

The show’s larger than life wonderland scenery is populated by 30-foot trees, towering gifts, massive candy, and costumed ornament characters. The vivid costumes were designed by Goldberg, along with Santiago Rojo and Francisca Reyes.

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...