Show Business: Cossacks And Tigers And Bears, Oh, My!

After a ten-year absence, the Moscow Circus returns with a spectacular 14-city U.S. tour

Corn and kitsch mesh seamlessly with art and virtuosity. Suspended from a swinging chandelier, a voluptuous houri, trailing clouds of veils, undulates to the music of the Ave Maria -- with a disco tom-tom backbeat. Down in the ring, a dozen brown bears juggle, jog and tumble, saucily hugging floral bouquets. Eighteen tigers dance in a chorus line, and a wild horde of horsemen charge around the ring. If this were Oz, Dorothy would certainly say, "Cossacks and tigers and bears, oh, my!" The wizards of the Moscow Circus have finally returned to the U.S.

Frozen out by a decade of...

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