Cirque du Soleil acquires Blue Man Group
A Walt Disney World favorite is hooking up with a popular Universal Orlando attraction, in a move that will affect the entertainment business far beyond Orlando.
Cirque du Soleil announced today that it has acquired the Blue Man Productions, the company behind the Blue Man Group shows.
Both organizations might be familiar to theme park fans, as Cirque du Soleil has produced the La Nouba show at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) since 1998, while Blue Man Group has performed at Universal Orlando's CityWalk since 2007. Cirque du Soleil announced earlier this year that La Nouba will close on Dec. 31, but another Cirque production is expected to replace it next year.
These are two of the most wide-reaching and popular theatrical production companies in the world. Cirque du Soleil mounts resident productions in Las Vegas and Mexico, in addition to the Walt Disney World show and touring productions around the world. Blue Man Group has productions in New York, Boston, Chicago, and Berlin, in addition to its Vegas, Orlando, and touring productions.
Blue Man co-founder Chris Wink said in a statement, "We have big ideas for the future. Only a global creative powerhouse like Cirque du Soleil could help us achieve our vision. Their commitment to artistic quality and originality is unparalleled and their creative resources are vast. It is an honor to join forces with their organization."
First Marvel, now this. Pretty soon, Disney will be in charge of 2 Orlando resorts.
/\ Disney doesn't have anything to do with this. This won't change anything in Orlando, it will likely mean more Blue Men Group shows around the world.
Will Bob have Disney buys Cirque du Soleil? ;) That would be fun: Universal will pays royalties to Disney for Marvel and Blue Man Group... Next step: Nintendo? ;)))
James -- Disney does not own Cirque du Soleil, nor does Universal own Blue Man Group. Cirque du Soleil is an independent company that just bought Blue Man Group. Also, Disney cannot force Universal to remove the Marvel section from Islands of Adventure.
Remember - It was Comcast that tried to buy Disney once.
To all, I am aware Disney doesn't own Cirque. I just find it funny that two properties associated with Universal in Orlando have been bought out by companies associated with Disney.
James -- you're using the term "association" very loosely.
Now they only have to link up with Stomp to make the most annoying show in the world.
Let's associate Starbucks with Disney and Universal. James Cameron is associated with both.
If Seaworld's stock price continues to fall, I wouldn't be surprised if Universal acquires it just to get more land on I-Drive
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