A new limited engagement show opened yesterday in Busch Gardens’ Moroccan Palace Theater. Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy is an exotic encounter inspired by nature’s unpredictable creations, brought to life by an international cast of aerialists, contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and musicians.
In addition to the astounding feats performed in the show, are enhanced many elaborite costumes, which were nominated for an American Theatre Wing Best Costume Design Award. From the butterfly ballet and flipping monkeys to the hopping frog jugglers and stretching lizards, this display of athleticism and Broadway theatrics should entertain audiences of all ages.
“Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy will bring to audiences what fans have come to love and expect from Busch Gardens – incredible stage shows, the likes of which cannot be found at any other theme park in the nation,” said Busch Gardens’ president Jim Dean.
“Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has set the bar high with quality entertainment productions in the past, which compliments my passion and the global expansion of our Cirque Dreams Brand,” said creator Neil Goldberg. Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy has accomplished one groundbreaking feat after another and will do so again when presenting this caliber show in partnership with Busch Gardens.”
The Broadway storyline will remain intact in Busch Gardens’ shortened rendition of the show. The lead character, Mother Nature, leads her jungle boys through an adventure of sound, light and movement. Some highlights include artists trained at the State School of Contortion in Mongolia reenacting flexible lizards; rhythmic jugglers from Cuba and Russia portraying frog musicians, and manipulation and aerialists from Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan soaring as butterflies displaying feats beyond belief.
Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy debuted at the Broadway Theatre in June 2008 and is the first and only show of its kind to ever perform on Broadway. The show again gained critical acclaim when Debbie Gibson, 1980s pop icon, recently performed the leading role of Mother Nature at the MGM Grand Theatre, Foxwoods, Conn. More than 20 million fans have attended a Cirque Dreams show throughout the U.S. and abroad in the past five years.
The show is scheduled to run at Busch Gardens for the next 10 months. Viewing is included with park admission.
Here’s a look at the show and a couple of cast interviews.