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    BIG APPLE CIRCUS presents Play On!

    Presented by at Under the Big Top on City Hall Plaza

    April 4 - May 10, 2009


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    BIG APPLE CIRCUS presents Play On!

    The spectacular Big Apple Circus is back in town for its 31st season with Play On! - a brand new, magical music box of a show! Play On! is a circus symphony of astonishing acts and side-splitting laughter, propelled by a jazzy mix of classical, soul and rock & roll from the best circus band in the land! While the title is from Shakespeare (If music be the food of love, play on!), Play On! is pure circus, featuring the world's finest...

    The spectacular Big Apple Circus is back in town for its 31st season with Play On! - a brand new, magical music box of a show! Play On! is a circus symphony of astonishing acts and side-splitting laughter, propelled by a jazzy mix of classical, soul and rock & roll from the best circus band in the land! While the title is from Shakespeare (If music be the food of love, play on!), Play On! is pure circus, featuring the world's finest artists under a classic Big Top tent, performing in the intimate setting of a single ring! There are high-spirited Colombians on the flying trapeze; an acrobatic Chinese ballerina, pirouetting on top of her partner; jazzed up juggling twins from America; Russians springing skyward from their Russian barre; a talented troupe of Italian dogs; and the breath-taking exploits of Big Apple Circus equestrians vaulting onto galloping horses. Not to mention our incomparable paragon of love and laughter, Grandma the Clown! No seat under the Big Top is more than 50 feet from the ring, so even if you're very small you won't miss a thing - it's the finest family entertainment around! Artistic and Creative Directors Paul Binder and Michael Christensen have gathered an amazing cast of extraordinary performers, who bring thrills and delight from eleven countries around the globe:

    -From England, Carrie Harvey, sensational international ringmistress - from Spain's Circo Mundial to France's Cirque Amar to England's Hippodrome - returns to host Play On!

    -From America, our beloved Grandma (Barry Lubin), iconic clown of Big Apple Circus's Department of Laughter, and International Clown Hall of Fame inductee!

    -From Russia, the award winning Rodion Troupe amazes with startling, soaring leaps and flips from a bar that is only 5 inches wide in a Russian Barre act!

    -From Italy, Luciano Anastasini and his Pound Puppies, rescued from animal shelters, deliver doggone delight!

    -From America, clowns Glen Heroy and Mark Gindick take us on a quest to reconstruct an extraordinary music box in a magical adventure full of merry mischief!

    -From Belgium, renowned mime and comedian Olivier Taquin is joined by company member Valdis Yanovskis (Russia) in a whimsical, playful and endearing act that takes us back to the silent film era!

    -From America and Kazakhstan, Christine Zerbini and Sultan Kumisbayev are joined by their equine partners in a thrilling vaulting display around the ring!

    -From China, the Nanjing Acrobats combine world class acrobatics and classical ballet to create unforgettable images of unparalleled skills and grace!

    -From Colombia, an astounding, heart stopping trapeze act, The Flying Cortes!

    -From America, flashy identical juggling twins the LaSalle Brothers, Jake and Marty, are double the trouble and the fun!

    -From Germany, Sarah Schwarz vibrates with playfulness and elegance on her tight wire as she dances to musical inventions and variations!

    -From China, Guiming Meng returns to the ring with unequaled equilibrium, jauntily juggling colossal ceramic jars! 

    -From Russia, the lovely Regina Dobrovitskaya swings stylishly high above the ring in a breath taking trapeze act!

    -And, completing the cast, the extraordinary and multi-talented artists of the Big Apple Circus Company: Andrey Mantchev (Bulgaria), Virgile Peyramaure (France), Christian Atayde Stoinev (America)!


    Under the Big Top on City Hall Plaza

    One City Hall Square
    Boston, MA 02201

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    Admission Info:
    Tickets for Play On! range in price from $20 to $65 for Saturday, Sunday and Patriots Week shows, from $20 to $62 for weekday evening shows, and from $20 to $28 for 11 AM weekday matinees. Premium seating for $100 is available for Saturday, Sunday and all Patriots Week (4/21 - 4/24) shows. Besides on the phone and online, tickets may also be purchased at the Community Box Office in the lobby of Boston Children's Museum from 11 AM to 2 PM daily; there is a $1 per ticket service charge. The Circus Box Office in front of the Big Top opens Wednesday, March 18th; hours are Tues-Fri, 10 AM-8 PM; Sat-Mon, 10 AM-6 PM. The Big Top is heated in cold weather and air-conditioned in warm weather for all-season comfort. For group sales, inquiries about wheelchair-accessible seating or for any additional information please call the Ticket Info Line at (800) 922-3772.


    General Day and Time Info:
    Sat, Apr 4, 12:30 PM & 4:30 PM
    Sun, Apr 5, 12:30 PM & 4:30 PM
    Tues, Apr 7, 6:30 PM
    Wed, Apr 8, 11 AM & 6:30 PM
    Thurs, Apr 9, 11 AM & 6:30 PM
    Fri, Apr 10, 1 PM & 6:30 PM
    Sat, Apr 11, 12:30 PM & 4:30 PM
    Sun, Apr 12, 12:30 PM & 4:30 PM
    Wed, Apr 15, 11 AM & 6:30 PM
    Thurs, Apr 16, 11 AM & 6:30 PM
    Fri, Apr 17, 11 AM & 6:30 PM
    Sat, Apr 18, 12:30 PM & 4:30 PM
    Sun, Apr 19, 11:30 AM
    Tues, Apr 21, 1 PM & 6:30 PM
    Wed, Apr 22, 1 PM & 6:30 PM
    Thurs, Apr 23, 1 PM & 6:30 PM
    Fri, Apr 24, 1 PM & 6:30 PM
    Sat, Apr 25, 12:30 PM & 4:30 PM
    Sun, Apr 26, 12:30 PM & 4:30 PM
    Wed, Apr 29, 11 AM & 6:30 PM
    Thurs, Apr 30, 11 AM & 6:30 PM
    Fri, May 1, 11 AM & 6:30 PM
    Sat, May 2, 12:30 PM & 4:30 PM
    Sun, May 3, 12:30 PM & 4:30 PM
    Wed, May 6, 11 AM & 6:30 PM
    Thurs, May 7, 11 AM & 6:30 PM
    Fri, May 8, 11 AM & 6:30 PM
    Sat, May 9, 12:30 PM & 4:30 PM
    Sun, May 10, 12:30 PM & 4:30 PM

    Phone: (888) 541-3750


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    • Event Name: BIG APPLE CIRCUS presents Play On!
      2.5 out of 5 stars rating "Not bad...but not great"
      Review posted by: BraintreeMom from Braintree, MA, May 06, 2009

      This was our first Big Apple experience and we took our 2 year old daughter. Overall, I found it to be just so-so. The "in between" acts were long and boring and I felt myself getting fidgety and... Expand

    • Event Name: BIG APPLE CIRCUS presents Play On!
      2.5 out of 5 stars rating "Not the old Big Apple Circus"
      Review posted by: 20 years fan from NH, May 05, 2009

      The acts are not what they used to be. Short and lackluster. Most of the show is based around Grandma. A drummer in center stage? Not a circus act. We enjoyed our night out, but do not think we will... Expand

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