‘Slava’ leads off slew of one-person shows

Russian mime/clown show headed for Gotham

Broadway is becoming a mime field. “Slava’s Snowshow,” the Russian mime/clown show named for its star, Slava Polunin, is headed for Gotham. The show will do a limited 13-week-to-15-week Broadway run this October, according to sources.

“Slava’s Snowshow,” which played the Kennedy Center and Toronto last year to great acclaim, is a sort of darkly comic one-man show (though it contains a sidekick, also Russian, Sergei Chachelev) exploring life’s unexplainable and macabre situations, and features stilts, blasts of deafening music and seatback-walking mimes.

While a deal is not yet signed with a theater for the novel show, insiders say it will likely land at the Shubert-owned Belasco Theater. A deal is expected to be reached by the end of the month, with Dodger Endemol Prods.’ Michael David producing.

Executives at the Shubert Organization declined to comment.

Several one at a time

“Slava’s” is one of a host of other one-man shows this season, a trend perhaps accelerated by the success of this season’s Tony-nominated “Freak,” the John Leguizamo show that was one of only two hits on Broadway this year (the other being “Art”).

Other upcoming Broadway solo stands include opera singer B.J. Ward’s “Stand Up Opera,” which opens at the Lyceum Theater in October, and Sandra Bernhard’s “I’m Still Here … Damn It!” at the Booth. Bernhard’s stand follows Jerry Herman’s one-man show, “An Evening With Jerry Herman,” which bows next month.

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