Ironically, the biggest crowdpleaser opening night was very simple and required no skill beyond comic timing. It was also a crowd-user and required only one performer on stage. Five members of the audience were recruited, handed bells of different tones, and distributed in front of the stage. We've seen this sort of thing before, but rarely done this well. Like a droll schoolmaster, the wonderful Martin Lamberti wordlessly instructed, critiqued, chastised, and praised as we laughed and appreciated.

This was appreciated by, as the expression goes, children of all ages. Kids in the audience were vastly outnumbered by gleeful grown-ups.

Since 1993, more than 50 million people have seen Cirque Dreams shows, in theaters and theme parks, in casinos and on cruise ships. How convenient to not have to travel far to see what all the fuss is about.

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