Slava’s Snowshow Envelops Audiences In A Joyful Blizzard They’ll Never Forget

The fantastical show returns to Broadway for eight weeks only

Slava’s Snowshow is a riveting piece of theater that transports audiences to a winter landscape and envelops them in an indoor blizzard they’ll never forget. (Photos by Veronique Vial)

Though the weather outside is frightful, the weather inside the Stephen Sondheim Theatre is purely delightful while Slava’s Snowshow is in production. Unlike any other show on Broadway, the theatrical classic creates a fantastical winter setting and stirs up a childlike wonder in all who experience it.

Developed by performance artist Slava Polunin in his home country of Russia, Slava’s Snowshow first made its debut in America in 2004 and became an instant sensation in New York City. Those who witnessed it back then are thrilled to see it return for a limited engagement ending on Jan. 5. Polunin and his cohorts utter not a word while on stage, but speak a universal language that everyone can understand. They take the art of clowning to a new level with moments of curiosity, poetry, wistfulness and humor.

The special effects make a trip to the theatre a true adventure. From simulated rain, to fog, to a breathtaking blizzard, the snow show is remarkably interactive in a way everyone, young and old, will find magical. Slava and the cast don’t rely on the slapstick variety of clowning. Instead they use effective optical illusions that immerse you in a dreamlike world where snow is plentiful and your imagination can run wild. Every moment is completely captivating and conjures the holiday spirit without using traditional holiday imagery.

The troupe of clowns, in their peculiar costumes and painted faces, improvise scenes and interact with the audience in unexpected ways each night, allowing you to dive deeper into the surreal atmosphere they create.

Set to a soundtrack of enchanting music, the show features beautiful pieces including “Yumeji’s Theme” by Shigeru Umebayashi, “Edges of Illusion” by John Douglas Surman and Beethoven ‘s “Moonlight Sonata,” as well as the upbeat “Mas Que Nada” by Jorge Duilio Lima Menezes, the haunting “La Petite Fille De La Mer” by Evanghelos Papathanassiou and the whimsical tune “Blue Canary” by Vincent Fiorino.

The finale is not to be missed. It is pure, unadulterated fun and thoroughly unforgettable, as is the whole show.

Slava’s Snowshow has earned more than twenty international accolades, including an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment, a Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award nomination.
Families will love to experience Slava’s Snowshow together. Due to the interactive nature of the show and the special effects, it is recommended for children ages 8 and up. It is 100 minutes long with a 15-minute “intermission” that you’ll want to return to your seats for early.

Slava’s Snowshow is open through Jan. 5 at Stephen Sondheim Theatre, 124 W. 43rd St., NYC. For tickets visit or call Telecharge at 212-239-6200.

Kimberly Dijkstra
Kimberly Dijkstra is the web editor for Anton Media Group, a writer for Long Island Weekly and recipient of several Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) and New York Press Association (NYPA) awards.

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