The Sunday Giveaway: Two Tickets to La Soirée!

La Soiree
Genre bending entertainment is the theme lately here at the Sunday Giveaway, with Fuerza Bruta last week, and this week . . . ooooh la la, La Soirée!

La Soirée is a “heady cocktail of cabaret, burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety” which has been seen all over the world, from Paris to London to Sydney. (I actually saw the production in Sydney when I was there for My First Time, and I’m still in awe – think Cirque de Soleil produced on a slightly dirty dime – which makes it even that much more impressive.)And it’s going to be at the Union Square Theatre here in NYC for a limited engagement beginning October 29th.

Want to win two tickets to see it before it heads back to Sydney?

Let’s take a simple little poll.  Did you go to the circus when you were a kid?  If so, which one?  Let’s see what % of Producer Perspective readers attended a circus, any circus, while growing up.  And if any of you have clown phobias as a result, tell us that too.Yes or no to attending a circus in the comments below gets you entered to win!  Go!

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  • Brian says:

    Yes I went to Barnum and Bailey Circus at Madison Square Garden. I was afraid of the clowns.

  • David says:

    Yes, many Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circuses in NYC and Massachusetts as a kid. Also Big Apple Circus but my favorite was the Clyde Beatty Circus. I even still have the program.

  • Yes! Circus Oz, a famous Australian circus.
    I love clowns. I want to be one when I grow up.

  • Liz Wollman says:

    Yes, Barnum and Bailey. Clowns rule, dude.

  • Meredith says:

    Barnum & Bailey defined my childhood circus experience. Saw La Cirque in Edinbrgh and that defined my adult circus experience.

  • Rafi Levavy says:

    Yes, I did. I went to Ringling Bros. when it was at Madison Square Garden. Additionally, less frequently I went to a much smaller one in the suburban town that I grew up in.

    And I don’t believe that I ever had a clown phobia. I even worked at a clown school (as a stage manager, not as a teacher/clown) a few years ago.

  • Dan says:

    I think we only went once or twice Ringling Bros. when I was a kid at MSG or Nassau Coliseum. I was never afraid of clowns; I think I was always more afraid of choking on a circus peanut shell!

  • Scott Briefer says:

    Definitely a circus guy. Growing up it was always Ringling Brothers. Now, as an adult, its Cirque du Soleil (spelled incorrectly in your blog). Love clowns – when their good. Hate them when they’re boring.

  • Randi says:

    Does it count as going to the circus if I protest outside of them? 🙂 Ha, nope, as a long-time animal rights activist, I’ve avoided circuses that use and abuse animals (the majority of the big name circuses), except for the aforementioned protesting. So a circus-like event without any animal abuse sounds awesome!

  • Teri says:

    Yes Ringling Brother Circus

  • Kathleen Smith says:

    I went to the circus at times. It was usually in Tucson. I do not remember what circus. My step grandfather loved the circus. Whenever there were guests, he would take us. He went often with 46 step grandchildren.

  • John P. says:

    Yep, Ringling Brothers as a kid. Happily no fear of clowns.

  • Kyle Abraham says:

    Ringley Bros. and Barnum & Bailey as a kid. No fear of clowns.

  • Leslie Rosenberg says:

    Another vote for Ringling Brothers-Barnum Bailey Circus while growing-up- no clown terrors!
    More recently I saw the Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson Tribute Show- the first, touring one-
    It was stupendous!!

  • KENI FINE says:

    Yep. B & B.
    (ps the elephants are mistreated, sign something online)
    I have a phobia about candy apples and clowns in tutu’s… not necessarily in that order.

  • Roger Gindi says:

    Ringling Bros. many years, and the Clyde Beatty Circus a few times.

  • Elisa Christina Clayton says:

    Yes, our family attended Ringling Brothers in Denver, Colorado when my twin sister, who’s a fantastic artist, entered and won a contest where you had to draw a clown and the prize was free tickets to the circus.

  • christine kromer says:

    Yes. Went to a local circus that use to come every summer to Forest Park in Woodhaven. That stopped though the year the lion got loose and was running along the Jackie Robinson Pkwy (Interboro back then). Imagine the drivers faces as they were driving alone and there is a lion running next to you. I still have the picture somewhere in the house. And that was the end of our circus fun. LOL

  • Wayne Paul says:

    Yes! Saw Ringling Bros. a few times when I was a kid, a traveling circus in Paris when I was in my twenties, and the last time, later, I saw the Moscow Circus in San Francisco. I have ventriloquist dummies so o fear of clowns at all.

  • Imani says:

    I went to many different circuses as a kid but my favorite was the UniverSoul Circus! It was incredibly creative, so much fun, and there were very limited creepy clown appearances if my memory serves me correctly, which was great. I wouldn’t say that I have a fear of them exactly, more of an intense aversion.

  • Rick Shulman says:

    I went to the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus in Washington, DC several times as a kid and then Cirque du Soleil as an adult. Clowns don’t scare me.

  • LARRY ABRAMSKY says:

    ‘OLYMPIC PARK’, AN AMUSEMENT PARK IN IRVINGTON, NJ, 1955. MY FIRST LIVE CIRCUS AT TWO YEARS OLD, EVERY SUNDAY. THEY HAD THREE DIFFERENT ‘ACTS’ EVERY WEEK, ONE OF WHICH WAS ALWAYS A TRAPEZE ACT. MY FATHER LOVED THE CIRCUS, SO HE TOOK THE FAMILY TO THE RINGLING BROTHERS & BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS AT THE OLD MADISON SQUARE GARDEN. WE ALSO WATCHED DON AMECHE’S ‘INTERNATIONAL SHOWTIME’ CIRCUS TV SHOW EVERY WEEK TOGETHER. WHEN HE WAS 80 TEN YEARS AGO, I RETURNED THE FAVOR BY TAKING MY FATHER TO THE RINGLING BROTHERS BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS AT THE ‘NEW’ MADISON SQUARE GARDEN. HE ATE POPCORN AND CANDY AND BOUGHT A TWIRLY WHIRLY FLASHLIGHT LIKE ALL THE OTHER 8 YEAR OLDS !!! I HAVEN’T THOUGHT ABOUT THAT EVENING IN YEARS AND YEARS. THANKS! MY FATHER JUST TURNED 90 ON OCTOBER 13TH. I THINK ITS TIME TO TAKE HIM TO THE ‘BIG APPLE CIRCUS’ THIS YEAR IN HIS WHEELCHAIR!!! HE’LL LOVE IT!

  • Bryan Austermann says:

    Nope. I don’t think I’ve ever been to the circus.

  • Francie-Sue Rothstein says:

    Oh Yes!!!!! The circus was a constant source of enjoyment in my younger days. We went as a family to Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers, Ringling Brothers-Barnum Bailey and the Royal Hanniford Circus. As an adult, most recently Cirque de Soleil and Cirque Dreams on Broadway and also on a cruise ship! No fear of clowns here!

  • Paula says:

    I’ve been to the circus many times now and
    years ago. My first experiences were at the
    Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey shows. I’ve been
    to Sarasota and visited the Ringling Museum there.
    I’ve attended Big Apple and Cirque du Soleil
    performances too. No clown phobia but amazement at
    the number of clowns exiting a mini car. Attended
    an all day clown workshop for teachers. Fun!

  • Laurie says:

    I used to go to the Ringling Bros. Circus at Madison Square Garden! No clown phobias here but I swear Cotton Candy ruined my life! I think I used to go through 4 or 5 of those things! High blood sugar much?

  • Rebecca says:

    I think it was Big Apple Circus…it’s a little fuzzy…I was already scared of clowns at this point. I also saw 2 different Cirque De Soliel.

  • nancy cohen says:

    I grew up in rural Penna. and I remember the day the circus came to town… you see I was raised by the movies, my dad had the bijoux, and I must have seen Walt Disney’s Toby Tyler at least six times. I, too, wanted to run away to the circus, but not on my own…with Toby Tyler. So when the real circus, a rather small affair, actually showed up, I was disappointed that no one wanted to abduct me. In lieu of that thrill, I fell in love with elephants’ giant toenails, the wonderful dolls on a stick that parents had to buy their kids, and the red mouthed clown who performed with his little poodle. The clown wasn’t so funny, but the dog was a scream.

  • Cheryl Dzubak says:

    Yes. I have attended Ringling Bros./Barnum and Baily Circus several times. No clown phobia, but I do have a phobia about their alleged cruel treatment of the animals who perform. Knowing what I now know, I will not ever attend another circus again. I do feel guilty about attending the circus in the past and feel like I contributed to circus animal cruelty.

  • Matt says:

    Yes. I believe i went to Barnum and Bailey. And I love clowns.

  • Yes! It was Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey. I don’t remember much about the scary clowns, but I remember the circus had a bunch of acrobats from China who were amazing.

  • Alan B. says:

    I got to see Emmett Kelly in person at The Garden.It was like seeing the Babe Ruth of clowns!

  • Dave says:

    In Canada it was the Shrine Circus that came through every year, and we’d get free tickets in school. Of course, the parents who took us there had to pay, plus they’d sell loads of food and toys and stuff. Nowadays we seem to have Circus Gatti coming every year. And clowns? Never a problem.

  • Madison Decker says:

    Ringling Brothers! All I remember is getting shaved ice in a cool elephant cup.

  • Stewart E says:

    Yes ringling brothers

  • Rick Hinkson says:

    yes, RBB&B circus when i was a kid. cirque du soleil and big apple circus as an adult.

  • Yes, we went to Barnum & Bailey every year and I always remember the smell of the elephants, the taste of the circus peanuts and the twirly, clackety noise makers. This sounds much more palatable for adults!

  • Ed Ertle says:

    Yes, to the local rinky-dink circus that came to my small Ohio town once every other year. They pitched a tent in the mornimg and were gone the next day. You were literally in the middle of the action.
    I liked clowns. In fact, until I was 7 or 8, I actually believed they were a race unto themselves, not just everyday people dressing up.

  • David says:

    Yes! Went to many ringling bros tours at the staples center in LA. I also remember seeing “kalidascape” a cirque show.

  • Jeannie Z says:

    Ringling at Madison Garden many times.

  • Mary M. says:

    Yes, Barnum & Bailey, plus a local traveling circus that set up a tent in the mail parking lot in the suburbs 🙂

  • Tom L says:

    Ringling Bros @ MSG as a kid– LOVED clowns. Find them creepy now.

  • Stuart Green says:

    Throw my hat in the ring with both the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus as well as the Big Apple Circus. Also Cirque du Soleil if you want to throw that into the mix!

  • Fran says:

    Two Stories:
    First: It was Ringling Brothers at MSG. I loved all the spectacle, including clowns. Was a theater major and took stage make-up as an elective.

    After I graduated, I worked for Macy’s for a while and signed up for the parade. I wanted to be a clown. They asked if I could do a somersault or handstand. I said no but I could do the makeup.

    When I got my assignment, I was a balloon handler, assigned to Underdog, if that wasn’t ironic! It was windy that year and I got blown down most of Central Park West. Saw many clowns; no one did a somersault or handstand.

    Second – it’s an old joke that I love, here it is as well as I remember it:

    A guy graduates college as an actor. He’s living at home. His parents want him to get a job; he keeps going on acting interviews,, but doesn’t get anything. Parents really start to pressure him.

    Then he gets a callback. And he gets hired… for the circus! His parents are appalled. They plead: please stay home; we’ll double your allowance; you don’t have to find a job; please don’t join the circus. The guy goes off with the circus.

    Six months later, the parents get a postcard: (I told you this is an old joke, before email!!) The circus is coming to MSG next month. I’ve got two tickets for you at the box office.

    The parents are overjoyed. They tell all their friends: My son the actor is playing MSG.

    The day comes and the parents get all dressed up and head to MSG. They get their tickets and ask if they can see their son. Someone points them in the right direction. They pass several animal cages. Then they finally see their son. He is shoveling elephant manure.

    They are stunned, They plead with him: come home. Your room waits for you. We’ll give you your allowance, … The son stops shoveling and just stares at them, then says:
    What? And give up show business?

  • Mary M says:

    I did go to the circus: Ringling Bros/Barnum & Bailey. I don’t have any clown phobias. My favorite RB/B&B act was always the motorcycle ball o’death-they retired it for a while & I was so happy they’ve brought it back!!

  • Kate says:

    Yes, Barnum & Bailey! …no fear of clowns though.

  • Sue says:

    YES! Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, in Boston, at the Garden. My sister and I won a local contest that involved decorating sandwiches with olives, carrot sticks, cheese triangles, and so on to look like a face, I think. Our family went to the circus for the first time, and we went back for many years. I love clowns!

  • Cara says:

    Yes. Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey

  • Alex Bishop says:

    Yes! Ringling Bros as a kid! Favorite part was the huge tent

  • Ryan McCurdy says:

    I actually never made it to a circus until I was 18 and worked in FOH for a summer on Cirque’s Quidam.

  • Rosie says:

    Yes, I went to Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus at MSG. I loved clowns and used to draw them as a child. I used vibrant colored pencils to render their faces. They were all happy looking. I tried to draw the Emmett Kelly type sad clown, but it made me cry, so I stuck to the happy faces.

  • Ellen Orchid says:

    Coles Circus in Brooklyn – Coney Island and Ringling Brothers at MSG and the Big Apple Circus in Damrosch Park, by Lincoln Center. Love the clowns, especially “Grandma” from Big Apple Circus. Love the circus and the feats of courage like trapeze and tight-rope walking. I like Cirque de Soleil, but my friends and I always joke, “It needs animals”.

  • Ging says:

    My family was too poor to go to the circus when my siblings and I were kids.
    We got to see the Ringling Bros. Circus when we were adults and none of us have any fears of clowns.
    I have seen three different Cirque du Soleil shows but I don’t think of them as a circus; no animal acts and no clowns.
    If one considers clowns to be a major element of a circus, then the biggest circus is in Washington, DC. Those clowns put Ronald McDonald, Clarabelle and Bozo to shame.

  • Yes, and as with so many baby boomer kiddies, it was the iconic Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey at MSG that initiated me….then after my parents refused to let my dog sleep in my room, I tried to run away and join the circus with my doggie, I truly believed my dog could run rings around Lassie, and we could get an act together, the circus folks would be so glad to have us, and we could live in a colorful trailer .. so it was goodbye cruel world!
    Needless to say, I barely made it two blocks, I had no idea how to get to Madison Square Garden and my dog barely knew the “sit” command..ah, youth!

  • yes I went when I was a kid to ringling brothers ,it was so exciting I loved all of it and the clowns make the circus special.

  • Jeremy C says:

    Yes. Ringling Brothers, and Barnum and Bailey’s at the old Boston Garden.

  • Patrick Varner says:

    Yes! Barnum and bailey several times throughout my childhood. Instilled my deep fear if clowns.

  • My mother took me to the Barnum & Bailey Circus when I was about 5 or 6. She claims I hated it, cried, mental break down, therapy. All I remember is the kid sitting next to us had a fun light-saber-ish glow wand-like toy.

  • Emily Herschbein says:

    Yes, I’ve been to the circus. It’s perhaps the only place where there’s no judgement passed.

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