Big Apple Circus Returns to New York City

When the Big Apple Circus closed in 2017, we were sad to see a family tradition go. Then when they returned, the pandemic once again stopped the show. But Big Apple Circus is back at Lincoln Center- “making the impossible, possible!” We recently had a chance to attend opening night, and it was so nice to be back in NYC watching magic happen!

Nik Wallenda and his family have created an all-new highwire act for the production and will be joined by the physical comic Johnny Rockett and Ringmaster Alan Silva, who gained notoriety on America’s Got Talent. The Big Apple Circus will return to Lincoln Center on Nov. 11- Jan. 30 for a limited engagement.

There are also now exciting VIP packages where fans can learn some of the circus tricks! This Behind the Curtain Experience includes:

(Available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only)

  • Exclusive post-show circus lesson – learn juggling, balancing, and walk the low wire from the masters themselves! *
  •  Access to the Big Apple Circus VIP Lounge, featuring finger foods, cotton candy, bottomless popcorn, glitter station, and guest appearances from select cast members **
  • A fun variety pack of Big Apple Circus merchandise!
  • VIP commemorative laminate
  • VIP event staff available on-site to ensure an enjoyable evening
  • On-site perks, such as priority check-in and a dedicated customer service phone number on site
  • Crowd free shopping at a dedicated merchandise stand
  • VIP express lane into the venue for ease of entry, with special circus theming and decor

More about the show:

Wallenda has partnered with a team of live entertainment super producers from the circus world, live music and Broadway – Philip Wm. McKinley, Michael Cohl and Arny Granat – to make Big Apple Circus even better, and more exciting by adding a modern flair to this beloved classic. Several months in the making Wallenda, McKinley, Cohl and Granat bringing their extensive credentials to the table:

  • Director Philip Wm. McKinley has directed record-breaking productions from Broadway to Salzburg to Tokyo. He has conceived, directed and staged more editions of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus than any other living person. Known for his direction of spectacle, his work includes the blockbuster Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, the Tony nominated The Boy from Oz and the water spectacular Le Reve at the Wynn Hotel Las Vegas.
  • Emmy and Tony Award winner Michael Cohl is CEO of S2BN Entertainment and the former Chairman of Live Nation. Over his career he has produced and promoted tours for some of the biggest musical and theatrical acts in the world including Moscow Circus Bolshoi, Spiderman Turn Off The Dark, Bat Out of Hell, the Musical, Rock of Ages, Yo Gabba Gabba, Barbra Streisand, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and U2.
  • Arny Granat is CEO of Grand Slam Productions and co-founded Jam Productions, which became one of the largest independent concert promoters in North America. He has won nine Tony Awards for shows including “Spamalot,” and “The Band’s Visit!” and promoted the first ever Farm Aid concert and has worked on tours for Robin Williams, Rolling Stones, Madonna, Eric Idle. Frank Sinatra and the Baseball Hall of Fame traveling exhibit. 

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