By Daniel Skora
“The circus is in town…the circus is in town!” and not only has it stopped at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre, it’s traveled all the way from the year 1903.
1903 was one of those years from the Golden Age of circuses and “Circus 1903” is filled with traditional circus entertainment all done with a turn-of-the-century flavor. It’s got high wire (Los Lopez), juggling (The Great Gaston), a Dislocationist (Senayet Assefa Amara), an incredible balancing act (The Sensational Sozonov), aerial ballet (Elena Gatilova billed as “Lucky Moon”), and elephants from the same people that gave us “War Horse”. And that’s just part of the show.
It’s got the best Ringmaster there ever was. Willy Whipsnade is played by the incomparable David Williamson. Williamson is a show unto himself, a barker extraordinaire, a magician unparalleled, and totally unflappable when dealing with those toughest of crowds, children.
The show gathers acts from all over the globe: The Cycling Cyclone (Florian Blummel) from Germany; Duo Flash (Yevgeniy Dashkivskyy and Yefrem Bitkine) acrobats from Kiev; Fratelli Rossi (Alejandro and Ricardo Rossi) foot jugglers from Spain; The Flying Fins (Artur Ivankovich, Petter Vatermark and AJ Saltalamacchia) teeterboarders from several European countries; and Les Incredibles (Anny Laplante and Andrei Kalesnikau) aerial acrobats from Russia.
“Circus 1903” is thrilling, astonishing, and spectacular. It’s got humor and excitement and it’s fantastic family entertainment. About the only thing you will find missing is the sawdust.
“Circus 1903” is a MagicSpace Entertainment Production, whose “The Illusionists” was such a hit two years ago at The Fisher. The show runs through March 19th. Tickets are available at the Fisher Theatre box office in the Fisher Building, by phone at 1.800.982.2787, and online at www.TicketMaster.com. Information is available online at www.BroadwayinDetroit.com or by phone at 313.871.1132. The Fisher Theatre is located at 3011 West Grand Blvd. in Detroit.