Sunday, June 05, 2016

The Big Apple Circus Experiences Challenging Times in 2016

I live right near Lincoln Center in New York City which has been the home to the Big Apple Circus for many years now.  The Big Apple Circus has been entertaining audiences with its most unique and family friendly circus entertainment at its main Lincoln Center location as well as in Queens, New York too.

Right now The Big Apple Circus, which many people don't realize, is a 38 year old non-profit organization which is in financial trouble and is trying to raise $2 million so that it can continue operations.  The Big Apple Circus is currently playing in Queens, New York through June 12, 2016 and is hoping to be able to mount its Fall/Winter circus schedule which right now is expected to play from October 19, 2016 through January 8, 2017 at its Lincoln Center home in New York City.  The show has said its financial issues are a result of the past economic crisis, Hurricane Sandy, the 2014 Blizzard as well as very expensive touring expenses.  These issues have affected tens of thousand of businesses throughout the country for many years now so the Big Apple Circus's current challenges are quite understandable.

The current Big Apple Circus production is called The Grand Tour, a circus spectacular set in the 1920's and is made up of various acts from all over the world.  A 7 piece band plays at more than 100 performances while the circus features jugglers, clowns, aerialists and acrobats from the four corners of the world.  In addition the audience will get to see domestic and rescue animals assist circus performances while ensuring that a fun and exciting experience is enjoyed by all Big Apple Circus ticket holders.

The Big Apple Circus runs for 1 hour and 50 minutes.  My hope is that they'll be able to raise the $2 million and be able to run its regular schedule in Lincoln Center for its Fall/Winter 2016-2017 schedule.  It's been such a mainstay for local New Yorkers for such a long time now it would be a shame to see it close up operations.

Cheers and good luck to our friends, the cast and creative team at the Big Apple Circus.  I hope you enjoyed my blog post today.  If you'd like to stay in touch with theatre and entertainment news in New York City I hope you'll consider subscribing to the Applause Tickets News blog.

Take care
Rich Gladstone
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