The Blizzard Is Over: Limited Broadway Run of Slava's Snowshow Ends

News   The Blizzard Is Over: Limited Broadway Run of Slava's Snowshow Ends
The Olivier Award-winning Slava's Snowshow, the Off-Broadway hit known for its climactic blizzard and its wordless clowns who roam a wintry landscape, ends its limited run on Broadway, at the Helen Hayes Theatre, Jan. 4.
Slava's Snowshow star Slava Polunin
Slava's Snowshow star Slava Polunin Photo by Veronique Vial

Previews began Dec. 2 toward a Dec. 7 opening. For weeks after attending the downtown run of the show (at Off-Broadway's Union Square Theatre, September 2004–January 2007), theatregoers would find "snow" still stuck in their coat pockets.

Accompanied by blinding light and breathtaking wind, the "snow" blows into the auditorium and drifts around your ankles before the blackout. The show played 1,004 performances Off-Broadway before moving on to other dates around the world.

The new run was billed for this engagement as Slava's Snowshow on Broadway. Next up at the Hayes, starting Jan. 21, is the comedy caper The 39 Steps, which moves into the theatre after a run at Broadway's Cort Theatre.

Tickets are available through or or by calling (212) 239-6200.

* Created and staged by Slava Polunin, considered by many to be one of the world's greatest clowns, Slava's Snowshow "is a sensory whirlwind for the entire family, combining theatrical spectacle with the unbridled hilarity and heart-warming poignancy of the art of clowning." A cast of ten appears in "a series of breathtaking stage images that need to be seen to be believed," and the show "culminates in a stunning coup de theatre finale — a joyous, swirling snowstorm that sweeps across the stage, filling the theatre and engulfing the audience."

The production had its world premiere in October 1993 in Moscow and has since toured extensively, playing over 25 countries.

Slava's Snowshow is the recipient of London's Olivier Award for Best Entertainment, New York's Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience, Edinburgh's Festival Critics' Award, Moscow's Stanislavski Award, and Australia's Sir Robert Helpmann Award, among others.

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A scene from <i>Slava's Snowshow</i>
A scene from Slava's Snowshow Photo by Veronique Vial
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