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Benoit is currently hard at work on the next mega-production by Franco Dragone tentatively called The Han Show in Wuhan China and just finished writing the music for the nightly parade at the LOTTE World theme park in Seoul.
His most recent productions include an exciting new 3D film called World’s Away featuring the very first collaboration between Cirque du Soleil and James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic) which features the theme song Calling performed by Eels singer E. He aslo composed and produced the music for the show A Muse by Les 7 doigts de la main that recently opened in Mexico City in 2012.
The collaboration between Benoit and Franco Dragone continued with a massive 300 million dollar production, The House Of Dancing Water, for which Benoit composed the score à. The show opened in Macau in 2010 to rave reviews at the City of Dreams.
Benoit wrote the music for the Glow in the Park Parades, which debuted to great applause at Six Flags parks in Mexico, New England, New Jersey, Dallas, Chicago and St-Louis. Created in 2008, Glow in the Park Parades celebrated 1300 performances in July 2010. More than 10,000,000 people have now seen the parade throughout North America making it one of the most successful theme park parade in North America.
Albums for Cirque Du Soleil shows, Mystere, “O”, Quidam and La Nouba have now sold over 1.7 million copies. Congratulations Benoit, “O” has sold more than 500 000 copies! “Let Me Fall” the haunting and evocative song from “Quidam”, was recorded by Josh Groban on his self-titled debut album, which went double-platinum in the US selling over 5 million copies.
Benoit was commissioned to compose three original pieces for the Concert of Hope celebration at Yankee Stadium in honor of Pope Benedict XVI in April 2008.
Michaël Girard’s debut album Il Tempo executive produced by Josélito Michaud, is enriched by two very special Jutras songs—Lasciatemi Cadere and Non Cercare Lontano. Il Tempo was certified Gold in Quebec selling over 50,000 copies.
Benoit composed the soundtrack for the film Borderline directed by Lyne Charlebois and produced by Roger Frappier and Luc Vandal. Released in February 2008, the critically acclaimed film received 6 Jutra award nominations and the film soundtrack was nominated at l’ADISQ in 2009. The soundtrack includes Thin Skin written and performed by Brad Roberts (“Crash Test Dummies”).
Benoit scored the TV film Wind in the Willows, a joint BBC/CBC production starring Bob Hoskins, Matt Lucas & Imelda Staunton and directed by Rachel Talalay.
Le Rêve, the resident show created for the multi-billion dollar megaresort Wynn Las Vegas, is another of the more recent projects undertaken by Benoit Jutras and his third production running concurrently in Vegas. Directed by Franco Dragone (Celine Dion’s A New Day). This unique and extraordinary show premiered, and is currently running, in its own 2,000-seat theater.
Benoit has been one of Cirque du Soleil’s premier composers for the past 20 years. Critically acclaimed productions include “O”, the resident show at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, (which celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2014 and for which the CD has now reached 500,000 copies sold), La Nouba, the resident show at Walt Disney World in Florida, and Mystère at the Treasure Island in Las Vegas (celebrating 20 years of performances in 2013), not to mention his earlier production Quidam, which is now touring arenas all over the planet.
Benoit Jutras also composed Francesco, Il Musical with book by Vincenzo Cerami (Life Is Beautiful), a modern musical based on the life of St. Francis of Assisi, which opened in it’s own custom-built theater in Italy in May 2000.
In addition, he composed the original movie soundtracks for Robert Lepage’s Far Side Of The Moon, Cirque’s Alegria the Movie, for which he earned a Claude Jutra Award for Best Original Score, and the IMAX 3D films Journey of Man and Ultimate G’s: Zac’s Flying Dream.
His music is not confined to this world; it wafted through space in the spring of 1999 when Canadian astronaut Julie Payette brought two of his compact discs, “Quidam” and “O”, aboard the space shuttle Discovery. The musical note on Payette’s crest is a reminder that humans distinguish themselves by their creativity, sensibility and adaptability—qualities that are present in all of Jutras’ compositions.
Benoit’s musical tastes are as eclectic as the Cirque’s many shows – classical, trip hop, electronic, pop, world beat – and he fuses these styles and loves to compliment images, whether for film or the stage.