The Wall on Broadway - in conjunction with Cirque du Soleil?
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 08 September 2005

Back in March, we gave you an update on the deal that was struck to bring Pink Floyd's seminal album The Wall, created by Roger Waters, to the theatre stage in New York City's Broadway. We have some more on this show for you today.

Canadian newspaper Le Soleil are reporting that Roger is hoping to team up with Cirque du Soleil, the highly-regarded, artistic circus troupe that put on world-class shows that inspire and intrigue, as well as entertain, to bring the show to Broadway.

The article in Le Soleil quotes Roger as saying that he has discussed it with the head of Cirque, Guy Laliberte, with the hopes of the collaboration: "I love these people - I think that they are stuffed full of talent!"

The article continues by mentioning that it would be beneficial for Cirque, not least because they want to try and get a permanent base in New York. It would be the company's second musical project - next summer, a production based on the music of The Beatles is due to open in Las Vegas.

The project has been in the making for some time now - Roger has long wanted to bring it to the stage, and lighten the tone of at least some of the story. It has provided him with a distraction on long, boring flights over the years; Roger has been taking a notebook onto planes to work on the musical and refine it into an entertaining and accessible work for the general public, who might not even have heard the album. Said Waters of the planned Broadway show, "Now I can write in some laughs, notable by their absence in the movie."

As more detail becomes available (including dates and venues) we will of course bring them to you. Our thanks to Bernard Barbeau for his help in bringing you this story.