Published on February 10th, 2013 | by Greg0
Gazillion Bubble Show: Soapy Fun!
It’s been running for several years now as an off-Broadway show, but we were still excited for a chance to see one of the most simply-named shows in the city. After all, it’s hard not to get a little bit pumped up to be surrounded by bubbles. Even if you’re a hard-bitten, cynical New Yorker, you can’t help but feel a childish glee at such things. And in an audience surrounded by youngsters, it’s even easier to work up enthusiasm for the fun, sixty minute experience.
Which is to say: the Gazillion Bubble Show definitely hits that old saying: fun for kids of all ages. We went in a bit skeptical, but walked away satisfied. After all, the promise is fairly explicit: there will be bubbles, and lots of them. Add lights and fans and you have a recipe for a good afternoon- and we haven’t even talked about the most interesting part.
Signs had labeled this “The Next Generation” of the act, and our featured performer was Deni Yang, son of Fan Yang (who holds 11 records for, you guessed it, bubbles and even has a line of bubble solution named after him). It was essentially a one-man show, and the kid was pretty spectacular. There was even a touching highlight reel showing him growing up in the business from the age of 4, and apparently it’s a family affair, as the performers rotate between him, his father, mother, uncle, and sister.
Volunteers were called onstage, and encased in giant bubbles. At a few points, the audience was bombarded with more bubbles than seemed possible. And there were pretty nifty tricks with smoke, which made even the locals ooh and aah. Granted, the show had some weak parts- the videos could definitely use some remastering and editing, as some of them seemed to have been filmed with a potato. Also, it was a bit weird for it to be a solo show- adding some other people to the stage would have livened things up and added some variety. Though we suspect that the best part of the show was probably a particular strength of Deni’s- one of the best laser routines that we’ve seen. It felt slightly out of place amongst all of the translucent spheres, but was quite impressive on it’s own.
As a way to spend an hour, the Gazillion Bubble Show is cute and entertaining. As a family event, it’s ideal. For adults on a date or looking for an offbeat activity… well, it certainly helps to bring a good sense of whimsy and to really like kids. At list price ($49.50-$69.50 or $100 for VIP treatment), it definitely feels a bit hard on the wallet, especially considering the fairly short length (and seemingly low cost of operation). But if you can find a deal or want to impress your niece or nephew, this is a great choice. Runs Friday at 7PM, Saturday at 11, 2 and 4:30, and Sunday at noon and 3, at the New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street.