The Big Apple Circus is returning to New York City for a two-month engagement with a brand new show, Big Top Doo-Wop, which pays homage to the 1950s. The Big Apple Circus, a non-profit institution, has been a staple of the American performing arts industry for 24 years. The Circus’ one-of-a-kind programs including the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit and Circus For All, designed to provide both fun and educational opportunities to disadvantaged children. The program Circus For All, for example, donates over 50,000 tickets every year to handicapped and financially disadvantaged children at substantially discounted prices or for free.
On Nov. 2, the Circus will host its Opening Night Gala. The evening will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet dinner and a performance of "Big Top Doo-Wop." Celebrity supporters of the Big Apple Circus, including Michael Bloomberg, Betty Buckley, Harrison Ford and Meredith Viera, are scheduled to make appearances, with co-Chief Operating Officer of AOL Time Warner, Richard D. Parsons, as the special guest of honor. Parsons will be recognized for his generosity in contributing to the Circus and for his general devotion to the promotion of the arts in New York City.
Money raised from the Opening Night Gala will go to help preserve the Circus’ various beneficial programs like Circus For All. Paul Binder, Founder and Artistic Director of the Big Apple Circus, notes in a statement that "As a result of the generous contributions received independently and through our Gala, the Circus is able to make a difference in children’s lives each year."
Performances of Big Top Doo-Wop at Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center (at West 62nd Street) run through Jan. 6, 2002. For tickets, visit the box office in front of the Big Top or call Centercharge at (212) 721-6500 or Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100. For additional information call (800) 922-3772.
- by Chris Reichheld