“Cavalia”, the dreamy horse-and-acrobat show under the White Big Top in Atlantic Station, had its 100,000 attendee in Atlanta today.
Atlanta has been its most successful market outside of Canada, doubling its planned run from five weeks to 10, and selling out for 31 of its 56 shows so far. After it closes in January, it will move on to Miami.
Michael Diamantides, general manager at Atlantic Station, said the show was on track with expectations, but hadn’t drawn audiences as strong as Cirque du Soleil’s — a difference he chalks up to name recognition. He also “Cavalia” will likely return to Atlantic Station in 2010 or 2011, and Cirque will be back, too, with a new show.
Still, the show was a win for some retailers, and especially restaurants, who enjoyed the dinner-and-a-horse-show crowd. Diamantides said word-of-mouth was good for the show, and they still get calls about it every day.
“It’s a great site. The tents are really wonderful – Camelot-ish,” he said. “It had a very positive effect.”
When it opened in October, I offered up a brief take on the show, and my colleague Howard Pousner wrote a glowing review. Now that 100,000 of you have seen it, what do you think? Was it what you hoped for? Have any of you seen it more than once? Would you go again?
Want to go? “Cavalia” continues in Atlanta through Jan. 6. $39.50-$199.50. Under the White Big Top at Atlantic Station, 241 20th St. N.W., Atlanta. 1-866-999-8111, Cavalia.net.