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The little circus that could.

NEW YORK CITY: If it's winter and the little big top can be seen rising above the trees of Damrosch Park in New York, the Big Apple Circus has surely come to town. The twist this year, though, goes beyond the cotton candy wrapped around a stick. Not only does this one-ring circus have a new show to Celebrate! through Jan. 13--a new exhibition of materials tracing the 30-year-old troupe's history is also on view through Jan. 17 at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.


The show-and-tell part gathers posters, photos, programs and original music manuscripts, revealing the circus's growth from a small tent show in Battery Park, founded by Paul Binder and Michael Christensen (they met while performing with the San Francisco Mime Troupe). The focus is on Michael Valenti's musical compositions, the backbone of six consecutive Big Apple shows. (Valenti scored Tennessee Williams's last play, Clothes for a Summer Hotel.)

In Celebrate! Valenti's bright score buoys the intimate menagerie of top-notch clowns, wire-walkers, jugglers, acrobats and nutty regulars. Visit and

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Title Annotation:NEWS IN BRIEF; Big Apple Circus' exhibit entitled Celebrate!
Publication:American Theatre
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Jan 1, 2008
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