Big Apple Circus cancels arena tour dates

The Big Apple Circus was to make its nationwide tour debut at the Albany Civic Center on July 3. Officials have announced that the show has been canceled.

ALBANY — The Big Apple Circus shows that were to take place next month at the Albany Civic Center have been canceled.

All of the season’s upcoming arena tour dates have been canceled as part of a move that officials said would allow them to “reconceive” the tour.

Katy Fleming, marketing director for the Spectra Venue Management Flint River Entertainment Complex, of which the Civic Center is a part, released a statement from Big Apple Circus on the cancellation.

“Big Apple Circus is postponing this summer’s arena tour in order to reconceive the tour so that it focuses on the essential elements that have distinguished the institution — the finest acts in the world in an exhilaratingly intimate setting — for the past 42 years,” the statement said. “Because of this, Big Apple Circus needs to postpone the 2019 arena tour and cancel this season’s upcoming arena tour dates. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

“Your tickets will be refunded in full. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.”

On the heels of its most successful season ever and ahead of World Circus Day, officials with Big Apple Circus announced in April the show’s first-ever national arena tour, which was to stop in Albany July 3-7. In partnership with Spectra, the circus was to feature a bevy of real-life “Wonder Women” led by ringmaster Stephanie Monseu, including the “strongest mom in the world,” Virginia Tuells; the “Spicy Circus” trampoline act; a trapeze act with a stunt accomplished by only two other people in the world; fan favorite animal trainer Jenny Vidbel and many others.

The circus was founded by Paul Binder and Michael Christensen in 1977. It is modeled after the traditional European “One Ring” circus, in which no audience member is more than 50 feet away from the ring.

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