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Nick Jr. Live! "Move To The Music" U.S. Theatrical Tour To Debut Fall 2019 | New Cities & Dates Added

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Nick Jr. Live! "Move To The Music" U.S. Theatrical Tour To Debut Fall 2019

Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group, Part of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, Present First Live Entertainment Stage Show of Expanded 5-Year Deal

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 27, 2019 -- Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group, part of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, today announced the U.S. debut of the live theatrical production Nick Jr. Live! "Move to the Music." The brand-new musical spectacular will feature, for the first time ever on one stage, characters from multiple hit Nickelodeon preschool animated series, including Bubble Guppies, PAW Patrol (produced by Spin Master Entertainment), Dora the Explorer, Shimmer and Shine, Blue's Clues & You! (premiering in November 2019), Blaze and the Monster Machines and Top Wing. Exclusive ticket pre-sale opportunities will be available to fan club subscribers beginning Wednesday, March 6, and tickets are available to the general public beginning Friday, March 15. Audiences can sign up for the fan club at where they will also have access to exclusive tour updates and ticket notifications for their city.

Nick Jr. Live! "Move to the Music" marks the first of several productions to debut as part of an exclusive live theatrical touring partnership between Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group. The partnership includes collaboration on several Nickelodeon intellectual properties to deliver new theatrical touring productions over the course of the exclusive 5-year deal. The relationship between the family entertainment brands kicked off in 2016 with the co-production of PAW Patrol Live! "Race to the Rescue," the first-ever live stage show based on Nickelodeon's top-rated preschool series, PAW Patrol (produced by Spin Master Entertainment). Since that time, the two have added PAW Patrol Live! "The Great Pirate Adventure" and Bubble Guppies Live! "Ready to Rock" to the growing list of production collaborations. In the short time since the debut of the original show, an impressive 3 million PAW Patrol Live! tickets have been sold worldwide.

"Nickelodeon's partnership with VStar Entertainment has been an incredibly successful one, and has become an integral component as we continue to expand our burgeoning global location based business," said Sharon Cohen, Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon Experience. "With the latest addition to the lineup, we've mined Nickelodeon's library of preschool hit shows to create Nick Jr. Live! "Move to the Music," an engaging and vibrant musical showcase, featuring some of our most beloved characters."

"As VStar continues to evolve into a leading producer of live family entertainment, having Nickelodeon, the leading children's entertainment brand, entrust additional top-rated intellectual property to VStar speaks to the confidence and trust we've established," said Eric Grilly, CEO, VStar Entertainment Group. "We are thrilled to have Nickelodeon as our partner and look forward to the opportunity to continue entertaining audiences with even more beloved Nickelodeon characters."

Nick Jr. Live! "Move to the Music" follows Dora and her PAW co-hosts, Marshall and Rubble, as they invite their Nick Jr. friends to come together for a one-of-a-kind music-filled production. Bubble Guppies' Molly and Gil, Rod and Penny from Top Wing, Shimmer and Shine, and even Blue from the new Blue's Clues &You! are throwing a Nick Jr. celebration. The show will transport audiences to familiar Nick Jr. locations, including Bubbletucky and Zahramay Falls, and includes two acts, along with an intermission. The unforgettable musical adventure will feature live appearances, special on-screen guests and audience participation to engage the whole family.

With innovative costuming and a Broadway-style set, Nick Jr. Live! is a perfect way to introduce theater to young children. The show is split into two acts with an intermission and will include original music as well as familiar tunes from Nick Jr. shows. A limited number of V.I.P. packages are available for each performance and feature premium show seating, VIP merchandise item, an exclusive photo opportunity with Blaze from Blaze and the Monster Machines, as well as a post-show Meet & Greet party with Dora the Explorer and Rubble from PAW Patrol.

Nick Jr. Live! "Move to the Music" Tour Dates

Paramount Theatre
Cedar Rapids, IA
Sat, September 7

Orpheum Theatre
Sioux City, IA
Sat, September 14
Sun, September 15

McCaw Hall
Seattle, WA
Sat, September 21
Sun, September 22

San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
San Jose, CA
Fri, September 27
Sat, September 28
Sun, September 29

Rabobank Theater
Bakersfield, CA
Tue, October 1
Wed, October 2

Dolby Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
Sat, October 5
Sun, October 6

Fox Performing Arts Center
Riverside, CA
Tue, October 8
Wed, October 9

Memorial Auditorium
Sacramento, CA
Sat, October 12
Sun, October 13

Comerica Theatre
Phoenix, AZ
Sat, October 19 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sun, October 20 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center
Midland, TX
Sat, October 26
Sun, October 27

Memorial Civic Center
Lubbock, TX
Tue, October 29
Wed, October 30

Selena Auditorium
Corpus Christi, TX
Sat, November 2
Sun, November 3

McAllen Performing Arts Center
McAllen, TX
Tue, November 5
Wed, November 6

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
Houston, TX
Sat, November 9
Sun, November 10

Rosa Hart Theatre
Lake Charles, LA
Tue, November 12
Wed, November 13

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
San Antonio, TX
Sat, November 16
Sun, November 17

The Theatre at Grand Prairie
Dallas, TX
Fri, November 22
Sat, November 23
Sun, November 24

Robinson Performance Hall
Little Rock, AR
Tue, November 26
Wed, November 27

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
Memphis, TN
Fri, November 29
Sat, November 30
Sun, December 1

Topeka Performing Arts Center
Topeka, KS
Tue, December 3
Wed, December 4

Old National Events Plaza
Evansville, IN
Sat, December 7
Sun, December 8

Victoria Theatre
Dayton, OH
Sat, December 14
Sun, December 15

Orpheum Theater
Omaha, NE
Coming Soon

Old National Centre
Indianapolis, IN
Sat, January 4
Sun, January 5

Sangamon Auditorium
Springfield, IL
Tue, January 7
Wed, January 8

Stifel Theatre
St. Louis, MO
Sat, January 11
Sun, January 12

Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
Pittsburgh, PA
Fri, January 17
Sat, January 18
Sun, January 19

State Theatre
Minneapolis, MN
Fri, January 24
Sat, January 25
Sun, January 26

Veterans Memorial Auditorium (The VETS)
Providence, RI
Sat, February 1
Sun, February 2

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Burlington, VT
Tue, February 4
Wed, February 5

Academy of Music
Philadelphia, PA
Fri, February 7
Sat, February 8
Sun, February 9

Meridian Hall (formerly known as Sony Centre)
Toronto, ON
Sat, February 15
Sun, February 16

Shea's Performing Arts Center
Buffalo, NY
Sat, February 22
Sun, February 23

The Chicago Theatre
Chicago, IL
Sat, February 29
Sun, March 1

Fox Theatre
Detroit, MI
Fri, March 6
Sat, March 7
Sun, March 8

Boch Center - Wang Theatre
Boston, MA
Sat, March 14
Sun, March 15

The Bushnell Performing Arts Center
Hartford, CT
Sat, March 21
Sun, March 22

Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
New York , NY
Sat, March 28
Sun, March 29

Milwaukee, WS
Coming Soon

Cleveland, OH
Coming Soon

Syracuse, NY
Coming Soon

Louisville, KY
Coming Soon

Kansas City, MO
Coming Soon

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About VStar Entertainment Group
VStar Entertainment Group is a leading entertainment company and producer of unforgettable live experiences for audiences in the U.S. and internationally. From concept through activation, VStar imagines and creates custom tours featuring original content, and licensed, branded tours that provide highly engaging entertainment for fans of all ages. With nearly four decades of expertise in all aspects of event production and management, VStar delivers turnkey, in-house solutions for theatrical shows, interactive exhibits and brand activations. VStar also creates custom-fabricated mascots and costumes, large-scale sets, scenery and 3-D installations, serving as a valued resource for professional sports teams, Fortune 500 companies and experiential marketing agencies.

Acquired in 2018 by global live entertainment leader, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, VStar has presented more than 39,000 live performances across 40 countries and entertains nearly two million guests annually. Current VStar tours include PAW Patrol Live!, and Cirque Dreams. Previous VStar (formerly VEE Corporation) productions include Sesame Street Live, Barney, Bear in the Big Blue House, Curious George, Dragon Tales, Discover the Dinosaurs: Time Trek, and Kidz Bop Live! For more information, visit

About Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group
Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is a world leader in live entertainment. On top of producing world-renowned circus arts shows, the Canadian organization brings its creative approach to a large variety of entertainment forms such as multimedia productions, immersive experiences, theme parks and special events. It currently has 4,500 employees from nearly 70 countries. Going beyond its various creations, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group aims to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet with its most important tools: creativity and art. For more information about Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, please visit

About Nickelodeon
Now in its 39th year, Nickelodeon is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids' basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

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VStar CEO Eric Grilly said that the deal started to come to fruition about a year ago and that the deal was signed last fall. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Sharon Cohen, executive vice president of the Nickelodeon Experience, said the producing partnership between the two companies for specific projects has morphed into a strategic partnership “because it felt like it was time to solidify the partnership and have in place the blueprint to launch more shows.”

Her division, which aggregates all of Nickelodeon’s intellectual property, was created two years ago and has a 30-member staff. Other Nickelodeon shows include “Double Dare Live” and the SpongeBob SquarePants musical.

Creating “Move to the Music” “was a very collaborative process,” Grilly said. “We looked at how their IP was performing on social media platforms, linear platforms, consumer-product platforms, B2B platforms, and we assessed the cultural relevance and made decisions based on those and other factors.”

Cohen expects the target audience for “Move to the Music” to be preschoolers and their parents. She also expects the road going forward will be a “true collaboration between the two companies. VStar is a fabulous partner and we recognize VStar’s knowledge in creating live theatricals.”

Grilly expects the tour to have cast of 10-12, which is in line with the existing PAW Patrol shows and will need three trucks. Music will be a combination of original music and music from the various Nickelodeon series that the characters populate. The music will be tracked.

The strength of Nickelodeon’s global business is the primary reason VStar was keen on upping the partnership; Nickelodeon’s rich, deep archive of content was another; and the success of their working relationship led VStar to want to strengthen it as well.

VStar was acquired by Cirque du Soleil in 2018. Non-Nickelodeon tours include Cirque Dreams and Discover the Dinosaurs: Time Trek. Previous VStar (formerly VEE Corp.) was the home of the Sesame Street Live and Barney franchises.

“VStar being bought by Cirque makes them that much more of a compelling partner for us,” Cohen said. “They’ve added additional capabilities.”

Cohen anticipates “many more productions over the five years of the umbrella deal.”

Tour dates and the venues that “Move to the Music” will play are still being determined.


Nick Jr. Live! "Move to the Music" is directed by Cape Fear Regional Theatre artistic director Mary Catherine Burke.

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Originally published: Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

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