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Cirque du Soleil will bring its production of "CORTEO" to Pinnacle Bank Arena in May. 

Cirque du Soleil will return to Pinnacle Bank Arena for the third time next year with six May performances of the show “CORTEO.”

The return of the circus-rooted theatrical company is as notable for Lincoln and the arena as was getting an initial performances three years ago.

“They’re not everywhere, not everyplace that wants them gets them, so it is a big deal” said arena manager Tom Lorenz. “Lincoln has responded very strongly. It’s great to work with Cirque, to know they like the market, they like the building and they get a great response. I would think they lean toward coming back here every two years and bringing a new, exciting show.”

In 2014, the first Cirque production to come to the arena was “The IMMORTAL Tour,” an unusual Cirque show in that it used an end stage and was devoted to the music of Michael Jackson. Last year was a classic Cirque show “TORUK -- The First Flight.”

“CORTEO,” which played to more than 8 million people during its 64 cities in 19 countries under the big top run that began in 2005, has been revamped for arenas. The show, which has a cast of 51 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors, is a festive parade as imagined by a clown, who is envisioning his own funeral.

“This one is a very classic-type Cirque with a circus theme,” Lorenz said. “The seating will be east and west. It will be very intimate in just the lower bowl.”

Six performances of “CORTEO” will be presented at the arena May 17- 20 with two shows daily on May 19 and 20

Tickets for “CORTEO,” which start at $39, go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 8. Tickets will be available at,, the arena ticket office and by phone at (800) 745-3000.

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Entertainment reporter/columnist

L. Kent Wolgamott is an entertainment reporter and columnist.

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