Mad Apple | A revolution through humor at Cirque du Soleil

(Las Vegas) With Mad Appleits sixth show presented in Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil has decided to take completely new paths by inviting comedians on stage.

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Indeed, the show inspired by New York nights – and presented as a matter of course at the New York-New York hotel-casino – is distinguished by the presence of comedians and an improvising rapper who share the stage with acrobats. . The words, in English only, therefore take a prominent place in the show.

Simon Painter, co-creator of Mad Apple, explains: “It was time to try something different and Cirque management supported us from the start. What we offer is a festive show, with acrobats, yes, but also stand-up comedians, musicians, an illusionist. »

There is no narrative line, no common thread in the show. We want to offer the best party in town, inspired by what you can see at night in New York.

Simon Painter, co-creator of Mad Apple

To do this, the creators have chosen comedians who already attract a large audience in the United States, starting with Brad Williams. The comedian, born with achondroplasia, has appeared on several hit TV shows (including The Tonight Show) and appeared several times in Montreal as part of the Just For Laughs festival. New Yorker Harrison Greenbaum also participates in the humorous component of Mad Apple. As for Chris Turner, this freestyle rapper from England, he improvises in situ a rap from the suggestions of the public. Wednesday, during the presentation to the media, he showed the extent of his talent by rapping in particular on NSYNC and the trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

“A refreshing and different approach”

Music also occupies a prominent place in this show, which brings together a cast of 48 artists. Among the musicians is Quebec saxophonist Jean-François Blais, who played for 18 years in the now defunct show Zumanitywhich was presented in the hall of New York-New York.

“90% of the songs that are played in the show are known to the public. It goes from Gershwin to Billy Joel, via Aaron Copland or hip-hop artists. All the songs have a New York connection. »

What does he think of this new genre show, where comedians take center stage?

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Quebec saxophonist Jean-François Blais is part of the group of five musicians (to which are added five singers) of Mad Apple.

It’s a refreshing and different approach. Circus purists may be disappointed that there aren’t as many acrobatic elements as usual. But with comedy and musicians live who go into the crowd, the atmosphere is different. And the remaining acrobatic elements are super strong, super effective.

Jean-François Blais, saxophonist

On Wednesday, the media were treated to a number of Icarian games with a very high degree of difficulty. While a carrier made an acrobat twirl with his feet, the stage and the room were invaded by the five musicians of the orchestra. Wheel of death and aerial acrobatics are also on the program.

Another difference between Mad Apple and its predecessors on the Strip: the show is exclusively for ages 16 and up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. “It’s not a show for children,” says Simon Painter. Comedians have no constraints, except to be funny. People who are easily offended are likely to be offended here too! The show’s co-creator adds that over time, the comedians on stage will change. “I already have calls from comedians of international caliber who express their interest. Everything is possible. If Dave Chappelle is in town one night and he wants to come and offer a five-minute number, why not? »

Short, Mad Apple wants to be a small (even a big) revolution for the Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. It remains to be seen if this new genre show will have a better fate than RUNwhich intended to be groundbreaking with its stunt cast, but died a beautiful death after just four months on the Luxor stage.

Transportation and accommodation costs are paid by Cirque du Soleil.

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Mad Apple | A revolution through humor at Cirque du Soleil


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