Despite the use of trapeze arts in entertainment, the contraption was originally conceived as a way to speed up postal delivery by enabling mailmen to traverse from tree to tree. Indulge in the recreational variation of this repurposed apparatus with today's deal to see Cirque du Soleil's Alegría at Thompson-Boling Arena (up to a $70 value). Choose from the following options:
- For $40, you get one adult ticket on Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. (a $70 value).
- For $20, you get one child ticket on Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. (a $56 value).
- For $40, you get one adult ticket on Friday, March 25 at 3:30 p.m. (a $70 value).
- For $20, you get one child ticket on Friday, March 25 at 3:30 p.m. (a $56 value).
- For $40, you get one adult ticket on Friday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. (a $70 value).
- For $20, you get one child ticket on Friday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. (a $56 value).
- For $40, you get one adult ticket on Sunday, March 27 at 5 p.m. (a $70 value).
- For $20, you get one child ticket on Sunday, March 27 at 5 p.m. (a $56 value).
Fly solo to witness the aerial circus feats, or buy multiple Groupons and sit with friends, loved ones, or casual acquaintances. All seats are located in the reserved 100-level seating areas (sections 107–119).
Alegría, which is Spanish for "jubilation," is a classic, touring Cirque du Soleil performance, utilizing arenas' cavernous spaces to embellish the high-flying antics that made the show a hit in the first place. Although the big top is gone, the circus spirit remains in the form of clownism, trapeze routines that frequently transform the artists into motion blurs, synchronized somersaults, and contortionists, just to name a few. Feel as vibrant and alive as Lydia the Tattooed Lady while watching masterful performers flip, flop, bend, and undulate in intricate, glittering costumes, all set to evocative Grammy-nominated music.
A Cirque du Soleil performance is an ideal outing for a family, an invigorating conversation piece for an awkward first date, and an inspirational tableau for neglected tree-deprived gibbons. Although Alegría does not have a concrete narrative, the breathtaking physical displays present a number of themes, including the trickle of power from generation to generation, a sense of youth, and the pulse of fresh-baked life. Characters from fairies and nymphs to fools and aristocrats are set against this Pollock-esque backdrop of ideas, navigated by othered clowns operating outside the passage of time and the social mores that come with earth-bound hours.
The Alegría soundtrack spent 63 weeks on the Billboard world-albums chart in 1994, peaking at no. 2. The restaged show received 3.5 stars from the Chicago Theater Blog and high-flying praise from Lincoln Journal Star and Hartford Courant. Eighty-nine percent of more than 5,700 Ticketmasters give the show an average of 4.4 stars.
- Cirque du Soleil's "Alegria" is in town, and it's as amazingly breathtaking as advertised. – L. Kent Wolgamott, Lincoln Journal Star
- …a big part of this show’s power is in its music. Réné Dupéré’s original score rings with majesty and mystery, with multilingual lyrics that add to the exotic flavor of the show. – Leah A. Zeldes, Chicago Theater Blog