Slava's Snowshow, a Russian clown act featuring Slava Polunin which has played London and Toronto, will open at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Sept. 9, where it will play through Sept. 27.
A spokesperson at the center said it was her understanding the engagement was part of a pre-Broadway run. The production had been scheduled to move into the Belasco Theatre Oct. 13 for a run through Dec. 27 (opening Oct. 27), but a production spokesperson at the Boneau Bryan-Brown press office told Playbill On-Line (Aug. 18) the show has been indefinitely postponed, though discussions are still underway to bring Snowshow to New York.
From Denver, Slava will travel to the Royal Alexander Theatre in Toronto, where it will play Dec. 29, 1998-Jan. 17, 1999. There are also tentative plans for a following Seattle engagement.
Among Polunin's many visual feats are one in which he boards a train and then becomes the train, with smoke billowing out of his top hat. In another, he gets stuck in a web of unspun cotton and clambers over the seats in the auditorium, taking the web with him, until it envelopes much of the audience. In the show's most talked-about scene, he tears a letter into pieces, the bits turn into snow flakes, the flakes become a blizzard and gradually the entire auditorium becomes a raging, whirling, blinding storm that engulfs the audience knee-deep in snow.