First produced in 2005 at the Storefront Theater in Chicago
Three Clowns welcome the audience into a musical celebration of action-based performance and improvisation that would make Fezziwig proud, complete with a holiday toast, gift-giving and original live music written by John Fournier. A three-piece band cranks out Fournier’s songs of family, commercialism and peace on earth, while the Clowns clamor through their holiday party in search of the meaning of Christmas.
The amount of fun to be had can only be measured in tons.
- Time Out
- "Fearless, fresh and funny. This is a non-traditional holiday show that deserves to become the next big Chicago holiday tradition… With music and lyrics by composer-lyricist John Fournier (who also conducts the band), a trio of performers brings in the right amount of energy, audacity, agility and laugh-out-loud comedy. They sing holiday-themed punk and pop rock songs while climbing, jumping and swinging from various areas of the theater. It’s the kind of evening where it’s impossible to remain a passive audience member. All the world truly is a clown’s stage, and spectators are as much a part of the show as the clowns."
- Chicago Sun Times
- "A delightful and dark piece...Precision and wit...A perfect antidote to holiday overload"
- "Unless your inner Scrooge is more highly developed than most, prepare to to be thoroughly charmed and amused by 500 Clown’s infectious and anarchic take on Christmas...For an hour and change 500 Clown offers a vision of the utopia that holidays almost never really live up to. My only real complaint was that it all ended a little too soon."
- New City