September 21, 2019

‘Slava’s Snowshow’ to Storm Back to Broadway

‘Slava’s Snowshow’ to Storm Back to Broadway


It’s too early to tell if New York will see a White Christmas this year — outside, at least. Inside Broadway theaters, the holiday offerings are already piling up.

At the Lyceum Theater, a new stage adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” will have a limited run during the holiday season. “The Illusionists,” too, will try to attract a seasonal audience with its “Magic of the Holidays” spectacular. (And let’s not forget the Rockettes’ annual high-kicking pageant at Radio City Music Hall.)

Now, there’s a new addition: “Slava’s Snowshow” — a surrealist children’s show packed with dreamlike scenes, clowns and, yes, snow — will join the holiday lineup with a run at the Stephen Sondheim Theater from Nov. 11 through Jan. 5, 2020.

The show will open after “Beautiful,” the long-running Carole King musical and the theater’s current tenant, closes at the end of October.

The antics-filled “Snowshow” was created by Slava Polunin, a clown from central Russia who starred in the original production in its first Broadway stint at the Helen Hayes Theater. That run, also a limited holiday appearance, earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Special Theatrical Event and was preceded by a successful two years Off Broadway.

A New York Times review in 2008 said the production had no shortage of the fluffy white flakes audiences were expecting: “It was falling on every part of the dark central section, on the balcony, falling softly upon the first rows. It lay thickly drifted on the aisles and on the floor, on the delighted faces of the littlest children, on the coat-covered laps of their parents.”

And if the total blizzard of a finale in “Snowshow,” or the rest of this season’s holiday offerings, still don’t quite fill your appetite for blankets of white confetti? “Frozen” at the St. James Theater down the block still has plenty.



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