By Geek Mama Amanda Gurall
Last weekend I took my daughter to see Bello Mania at the New Victory Theater and the first thing I want to tell you about the show is to stop reading and buy tickets now. Seriously. Then come back and read!
The show plays through April 20th and I really feel it is a must see for kids over the age of 4 and their adults. You may have seen the tall haired Bello around, he has been performing worldwide for many years and has performed in NYC numerous times, most recently at the New Victory last spring. He has won just about every related honor and award and his family has been mastering the art of circus performance for an amazing 7 generations.
My daughter giggled the though nearly the entire show and we were wowed and a little bit scared by some of the feats he and his performers accomplished such as climbing up and doing tricks from the top of a 40 foot pole anchored in the orchestra section. I actually covered my eyes at one point! Bello’s daughter did a beautiful arial performance, there was a very talented lasso swingin cowboy from the Bronx and a very funny host. Thrilling and funny from start to finish and it is absolutely one of the best shows I have been able to take my daughter to as we were both completely entertained and smiled throughout.
There are evening and matinee performances in the awesome New Victory. If you haven’t been to this theater you will be pleased with their organization and how well they cater to the needs of families. Snacks are reasonably priced and they offer many healthy options, there is room for the kids to wander and play with some of the toys in the gift shop area downstairs. Bello Mania has set up three funny paintings the kids can stick their faces in for a photo and he meets people after the show, something not every performer takes the time to do.
We arrived about half an hour early which was just enough time to use the restrooms, sit with a drink and play around a bit before heading to our seats. There is a 15 minute intermission in the 90 minute show and the seating is comfortable. They even offer foam booster seats for the children which was a tremendous help in making sure everyone could see, although I think everyone saw Bello when he was flying 20 feet in the air! Enjoy the show!
Bello Mania at the New Victory theater
Tickets $14-38 – Now through April 20
209 West 42nd st., NYC
I was provided two tickets to review the show but as always all opinions are my own.