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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

News: Porgy and Bess director helms new Cirque Show

Diane Paulus, the controversial director of Porgy and Bess, now playing on Broadway, will be taking on the task of bringing themes from Shakespeare's Tempest to the new Cirque du Soleil show Amaluna.

Paulus recently received a lot of ink for "adapting" the Gershwin opera for a Broadway run - notably, criticism came from Stephen Sondheim. However, Paulus also mounted a successful revival of Hair on Broadway in 2009 (winning the Tony for best revival). Ms Paulus is the artistic director of The American Repertory Theatre (where Porgy and Bess was road-tested). (GLC)

Amaluna opens in Montreal April 19, prior to a tour.

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