Trivia / Alegría

The show:

  • Milestone Celebration: It was launched as the 10th anniversary show for Cirque du Soleil and almost made it to the company's 30th anniversary!
    • The show itself was revived as a tent tour in 2018 to mark its 25th anniversary.
  • Reality Subtext: In the book 20 Years Under the Sun, set designer Michael Crete said the story of a battle for power was partially inspired by the murder of Jamie Bulger.

The movie:

  • Executive Meddling: Originally, the story wasn't going to involve a romance — the film company insisted upon one to make it more appealing to audiences. It didn't quite do that (see Audience-Alienating Premise), but it doesn't come across as a Romantic Plot Tumor either.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: It's hard to tell with the makeup, but the "baby" clown is played by Whoopi Goldberg. (She was in a relationship with Frank Langella when the film was being shot, and wanted to participate in some way.) Goldberg currently performs stand-up comedy in Las Vegas several times a year in the theatre at Treasure Island on Friday nights, when its usual tenant — Cirque's Mystère — takes one of its regularly scheduled nights off!
  • Playing Against Type: The lovelorn, bitter barman Old Taps is played by Brian Dewhurst, a veteran wire-walker and Non-Ironic Clown whom Cirque fans will recognize as the Great Chamberlain in Nouvelle Experience and Brian Le Petit in Mystère; this film role came between those two, during a period when he was working behind the scenes at the company. Director Franco Dragone had worked with him on both shows and was thus aware of his character acting abilities, but admits on the DVD Commentary that he didn't expect his performance to be as moving as it is. (Dewhurst had done stuntwork for films and TV earlier in his career, but this was his first speaking role.)