BigTop JoJo and his Phenomenal Phantasmagoria
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BigTop JoJo and his Towering Show of Wonder premieres
PHENOMENAL PHANTASMAGORIA at EXCALIBUR
Friday, JULY 30, 2010
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm through August 28, 2010
WHAT: BigTop JoJo and his Towering Show of Wonder dissolves the wall between center ring and sideshow as he transforms Excalibur into his Phenomenal Phantasmagoria, a mystical midway bursting with audacious entertainments, mythical creatures, and thrilling acts of virtuosity!
WHY: BigTop JoJo celebrates the freak inside each of us with the premiere of Phenomenal Phantasmagoria, where a Family of Freaks and other curiosities from BigTop JoJo's caravan unite with a revolving roster of celebrity performers and specialty acts from the worlds of circus, burlesque, theatre, comedy, performance art, music, and more. This new invention in entertainment from the Chicago-based creators of Carpenters Halloween and Diva Brunch offers adventurous audiences an experiential extravaganza of magic and music, dancing and dreamscapes, comedy and curiosities.
HOW: Premiering July 30, 2010, BigTop JoJo and his Towering Show of Wonder brings his Phenomenal Phantasmagoria to Chicago's landmark nightclub Excalibur for a limited engagement. The Phenomenal Phantasmagoria is a newly-developed, innovative evening of both center-ring and sideshow entertainments interwoven with fantastical storytelling, puppetry, original music, and a revolving roster of celebrity performers and specialty acts from the worlds of circus, burlesque, theatre, and music.
BigTop JoJo is the fictitious ringmaster of the Towering Show of Wonder. He is an entertainer of exaggerated proportions who embraces the freak in everyone and celebrates the freak within him. In his travels, he has met the magnificent and terrifying souls who are now permanent companions on his journey: the turtle boy, the mermaid, the woman made of lava rock, the emperor from a land where human and plant life comingle, and others. Their stories compose the spectacular phantasmagoria on which The Towering Show of Wonder revolves.
The mythology of the fictional BigTop JoJo and his Family of Freaks who travel the world with their caravan of curiosities is being developed by producer/creator Jonny Stax with theatrical director Cheryl Snodgrass, a core ensemble of performers and puppeteers, a diverse team of designers led by The Scooty & JoJo Show's Scott Bradley, and with contributions from selected writers and composers from around the country.
632 N. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60654
|Minimum Age: 21
|Kid Friendly: No
|Dog Friendly: No
|Wheelchair Accessible: No