When it closes, the unique non-verbal clown and movement show — which climaxes with a blinding blast of "snow" that piles in the aisles — will have played 995 performances.
In a statement producer Ross Mollison said, "The show has been a phenomenal success in New York which has now generated a huge number of touring opportunities in both America and Internationally. So it is with sadness that we announce the closing of the New York Production. I have been delighted to produce this spectacular show in New York.” Slava's Snowshow will tour the United States, South America, Canada, Italy and China in 2007.
Slava's Snowshow will also play four weeks at UCLA's Royce Hall, Dec. 12-Jan. 7.
Slava's Snowshow is produced by David J. Foster and Ross Mollison, by arrangement with Slava and Gwenael Allen. Created by Slava Polunin, considered by many to be the world's greatest clown, Slava's Snowshow "is a magical theatrical experience that melds the unbridled hilarity, and the unexpected poignancy, of the art of clowning with stunning spectacle and awe-inspiring visual images and fantasy…" It won the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience in 2005.
The spectacle has been seen in over 80 cities around the world, including Toronto, Paris, Sydney, Rome, Lisbon and Barcelona.
The outlandish non-verbal Russian-created clown show has been drawing both American and international audiences to the Union Square. It opened Sept. 8, 2004.
Internationally acclaimed, the theatre piece is unlike anything seen on a New York stage at the moment: Massive balloons scud into the air, beleaguered clowns trudge through Sisyphean rituals, a giant gauzy "spider web" is pulled from the stage and entraps the entire audience and, for the finale, uncounted pounds of "snow" blow into the house in a blinding blizzard effect, filling the aisle with ankle-deep white. Theatregoers inevitably find leftover snow in their clothes hampers, collars, cuffs and purses long after the experience.
Performances play Mondays at 8 PM; no performance on Tuesdays; Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 PM; Saturdays at 4 PM and 8 PM; and Sundays at 2 PM and 5:30 PM. Ticket prices are $62.90 to $67.90. For tickets, call Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100, or the Union Square Theatre box-office at (212) 505-0700, or go on line at www.ticketmaster.com.
For more information, visit www.snowshowusa.com.