It Can’t Really Be Any Less Legit Than Cats, Can It?

An effort to build a permanent home in New York City for the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil has stalled after opponents objected to the location and questioned whether the project was an appropriate use for civic money designed to prop up struggling local companies. One state assemblyman went so far as to declare that Cirque, which puts on shows around the world, is not ‘legitimate’ theatre. Organizers “originally planned to [build] a classical music center that would have been overseen by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. But the developer instead decided to create space for House of Blues, a large nightclub and music hall. When that proposal ran into opposition at the City Planning Department and Community Board 4, [planners] turned to the idea of Cirque.”