Neil Goldberg is bringing the holiday Broadway hit combining cirque acrobatics and an elaborate 300 costumes to Indy for the first time this year. The show Cirque Dreams Holidaze has been in existence for over 23 years, toured in over 300 cities, and comes with a million-and-a-hal-dollar production price tag.
The show began when Goldberg was 8 years old, walking home from Hebrew day school, picking up discarded tree ornaments. Today he has a 10,000-piece collection. Eight years ago he brought the collection into his studio and asked his design team to start making costumes based on the decorations. From there they built a story and eventually the show.
NUVO: What is your favorite costume in the show?
Neil Goldberg: Wow. I am really partial to the tree-topper, the ornament that sits on top of the tree. I am not quite sure the audience would ever be able to figure this out, but there are probably no less than 300 Swarovski crystal rhinestones on the costume itself. I think at this time of year any entertainment product, or show, or scene, or product or costume needs to sparkle and dazzle like the holiday season.
NUVO: It sounds very Nutcracker.
Goldberg: A little bit. I will be honest, there have been others that have made that reference. I think the difference is unlike Nutcracker, the Grinch and White Christmas, you never know what is going to happen next. I think that's what keeps audiences coming back year after year, and certainly sitting on the edge of their seats. This show is so fast-paced. It's 100 minutes in two acts with an intermission.
NUVO: When was the first time you saw an acrobat or this kind of performance?
Goldberg: I went to see my first Broadway show when I was 6 years old. It was The Miracle Worker which was the Helen Keller story. I was fascinated by what happens on the stage. That ignited a spark within me to pursue that sort of artistic lifestyle and inclination. Honestly, I was not a fan of the circus as a kid. Because it was too noisy and too distracting. I remember my mom would take us, me, my brothers and sisters, to the circus, it was more so to keep us occupied and out of trouble.
Dec. 15-20. Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., $28-$98, indianapolis.broadway.com