Clown for a New Day

Clown for a New Day
Dagwood might make it in today's emasculated circus

Friday, August 14, 2009

Friday Nite L’Amyxery: Cirque Insects S.F. Bound; Bolivia Circus Animals Banned; Barnum Headed for Silver Screen; Museum Glory, for Hugo ...

I can’t wait, I think. Cirque du Soleil’s newest darling named OVO, the one about insects, is San Francisco bound. This latest Montreal offering sounds and looks, in snippets, suspiciously cerebral, but who knows? I'm game; I'll take out another mortgage on my one bedroom rental to pay for a plank in the Gods ... Did 'ya know, by the way, that Bolivia, per an AP report I have right here from a certain Don Covington, is the first country to ban all circus animal acts? .. I say send over the Pizza Whisper guy to intervene. Yes, I’d buy a best-of DVD of this character’s inanely hilarious tender conversations with pizzas about to be served ...

Okay, you didn’t like that. How about this: Broadway actor Hugh Jackman to play P.T. Barnum in a movie in the planning stages, The Greatest Showman on Earth. I can hear Irvin Feld, six or sixteen feet under or over, crying out loud: why not ME? .... Sorry, Mr. Feld, You were perhaps the world’s greatest circus press agent, but you failed to convert your name into iconic status. There will only ever be only one P.T. And I'm hoping they get this script right. They'd do better skipping music and lyrics, and playing it as straight drama with songs. Please, Hollywood, stay away from the contrived Broadway musical.

... Closer to littler, Carson & Barnes landing national publicity on Good Morning America, which went to Columbus, Wisconsin to film a segment themed "the traditional American Circus." Well, okay, I suppose. Footage to air sometime this October ... Hugo, as in Hugo, Oklahoma, finally ramping up its cultural credentials. City fathers and various circus-connected devotees having purchased a two story house across East Jackson Street from the Choctaw County Public Library, to establish Circus City Museum. At one time or another, 22 circuses have winter quartered in Hugo. Okay, will I get to meet Mr. Peterson Peanut himself? Yes, yes, not a nice dig. I’m all for a toast to Dory Miller, who in his heart of hearts strove to keep alive the 20s multi-ring big top. Some of his shows were mini epics, especially when he had a bundle of cracking good windjammers blowing across the sawdust ... Even a Ringling now walks the town! ...

That on again, off again, Russian horse show named Artania, it seems, has found a kind of angel to keep it on life support. Down there somewhere in Texas. God bless the poor liberated Soviets, who once counted on a lush government treasury to keep them in circus rings the year around, pensions promised too ...

Enough tea pot refills. Call it a bad day in Bolivia wrap.

2 comments:

Logan Jacot said...

Carson & Barnes wasn't in Ohio.

Showbiz David said...

Thanks, Logan. I'm going to try Wisconsin.