Tag: Cirque du Soleil

Hot Tickets: Dec. 19, 2019

Billy Joel greets his fans during a show at NYC’s Madison Square Garden. (Getty Images) Two top spots for MSG Live shows MSG Live-promoted shows topped two of the categories on this week’s Hot Tickets chart. Billy Joel led the way, with a show at NYC’s Madison Square Garden landing on top of our More Than 15,000 Capacity chart. Joel grossed $2,433,563 and played to 18,462 fans. The ticket range was $65.50-$149.50. Cirque du Soleil’s entrance into the holiday market with “Twas the Night Before” is a success. Nine shows at the Chicago Theatre earned $2,248,527, which landed the new touring family show at No. 1 on our 5,000 or Less Capacity chart. Over 31,000 fans attended the shows, which had a ticket range of $30-$125. HOT TICKETS is a weekly summary of the top events and ticket sales as reported to VN Pulse via Pollstar. Following are the top […]

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Grilly Increases Role at Cirque

Eric Grilly. (Courtesy Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group) Cirque expands VStar CEO’s duties Eric Grilly is the new head of studio alliances for Cirque Du Soleil Entertainment Group. Grilly is CEO of VStar Entertainment Group, which was bought by Cirque Du Soleil Entertainment Group in 2017. His new responsibilities will include developing business opportunities with Hollywood studios, IP providers and other license owners to increase the company’s global opportunities. Grilly has been on a roll lately, securing strategic partnerships with Nickelodeon and NBCUniversal for VStar. This fits squarely into Cirque’s mission to acquire more properties and turn itself into the Live Nation of the theatrical business, a mandate that comes from the investors, led by TPG Capital, which bought Cirque du Soleil in 2015. Blue Man Group and The Illusionists are other Cirque-owned brands. Grilly will retain his title as CEO of VStar, which produces family shows, such as “PAW […]

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VStar, Nickelodeon Enter Exclusive Deal

VStar and Nickelodeon are upping their partnership starting with “Move to the Music.” Character-packed Nick Jr. Live “Move to the Music” to be first show from stepped-up agreement VStar Entertainment and Nickelodeon have entered into a five-year deal that will see VStar be the exclusive live touring partner for Nickelodeon’s broad portfolio of family-skewing properties. Nick Jr. Live “Move to the Music,” a new live show that will incorporate characters from multiple hit Nickelodeon preschool animated series, including “Bubble Guppies,” “PAW Patrol,” “Dora the Explorer,” “Shimmer and Shine,” “Blue’s Clues & You!”, “Blaze and the Monster Machines” and “Top Wing,” will be the first show born from the deal, which is being announced this morning. The companies have had a relationship since 2016, when they partnered to bring PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” to the stage, the first live stage show based on Nickelodeon’s popular PAW Patrol. That […]

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