Scott Levy Circus 1903 at Madison Square Garden.
Thursday, July 6, 2017|2 a.m.
Lastly, Simon Painter is returning to Las Vegas. “I carried out 15 years earlier as a fiddle player in Las Vegas,” says the producer behind Circus 1903, which will debut at Paris Las Vegas on July 25. “I resided in the Golden Nugget for 9 months while I was with Spirits of the Dance, which was a lower-tier Irish dance show. I had another life as a fiddler.”
That was a long period of time ago. In recent years Painter and his Works Entertainment business has actually been producing massive, visiting theatrical programs, but his latest will be the first time one of them has actually landed in Las Vegas. “These shows have actually done extremely well in many different parts of the world and much of them have actually been more commercial and would fit Vegas well, however for whatever factor, timing or touring, we have actually never managed to do this, so it’s rather amazing,” he states.
Circus 1903 is interesting for Vegas on several levels. Coming off successful runs in Los Angeles, New york city and Chicago, the production is unlike anything on the Strip. “This is not some dreamy, heavenly proscenium entertainment, created to take advantage of the perennial appeal of Cirque du Soleil. This is dat-dat-dada-dada-dada circus,” writes Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune in a show review.
It’s called Circus 1903– The Golden Age of Circus since it’s set in that time period and showcases the gritty, extreme, Turn of the Century age of showbusiness; the opening acts feature trucks, props and rigging as the circus camping tent and flagpoles are raised to the roofing of the Paris Theater. “We wanted to take the circus back to its roots and concentrate on showmanship,” Painter states. “There is a beginning, a middle and an ending, however there is no story, it’s just precisely like the program in 1903 was, as close as we can get with modern production aspects to provide it some grandeur.”
The most buzzed-about component of the show– which ends its North American tour this weekend however will release a 2nd touring unit next year as the initial production continues in Las Vegas– is the elephants. You can’t have a circus without elephants. There’s a ringmaster, naturally, and daredevil acts running on the only tour-able high wire rig in the country, however the performing African elephant and her baby have garnered the greatest emotional response, inning accordance with Painter and numerous evaluations. The producers teamed with the award-winning puppeteers from War Horse to develop and develop massive elephant puppets that have been hailed for their style and expression as the mom teaches her calf the tricks of the trade.
“We are meticulously positive that we’ll have a terrific run since of the show’s individuality and how new it is, and we remain in a truly terrific location centrally placed on the Strip,” Painter states. “Among the important things that makes me feel maybe more positive than I must is how significantly well this program does by word of mouth. With all the online reviews these days, Vegas consumers are very smart about what they see, and audiences are pretty fast to mention when they do not like something. We’re going to offer it our finest shot.”
Tickets begin at $49 and are on sale now for Circus 1903, which will dip into 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, in the Paris Theater at Paris Las Vegas beginning on July 25.