It’s a fact: kids love bubbles. So it’s a pretty safe bet that if you have kids, they will love the Gazillion Bubble Show, which delivers on its promise of at least a gazillion bubbles.
The hour-long show features Deni Yang, a member of a family that has been performing bubble shows and setting bubble-related world records for more than two decades. Yang has been wowing audiences since he was a kid, and it shows. His Gazillion Bubble Show is playful, light-hearted and never stops upping the bubble-based ante.
Yang created big bubbles, tiny bubbles, long bubbles, smoke-filled bubbles, bubbles within bubbles, bubbles orbiting other bubbles, square bubbles and bubbles that seem to defy the laws of physics. He makes the bubbles float, dance, spin and pop. And to keep the pace up for kids who might not thrill to every little detail, Yang regularly punctuates his performance with onslaughts of bubbles by the ton that get everyone in the audience jumping out of their seats to grab and pop them.
The audience also factors into the show plenty—several kids were brought on stage to help with tricks, including being encased in giant bubbles. They all looked like they were having fun, and Yang knows how to make little ones comfortable with being part of the act.
In fact, Yang’s bubble artistry (and yes, that’s a thing) is so solid that some of the interstitial videos and voice-overs oversell the show a little. I mean, he’s really good at entertaining people with bubbles, which can speak for itself.
But he also throws in a laser-light sequence that mixes music, movement and lots of lasers (though not quite a gazillion…). It’s not quite a perfect fit with the bubble bits, but every kid in the audience was mesmerized, and my son said that without a doubt the lasers were the best part. You can’t argue with that.
Gazillion Bubble Show is pretty much a can’t-miss proposition for entertaining kids from age 1 to probably about 10. And unlike a lot of kid-friendly shows, this one is fun for parents and grandparents, too. After all, kids love bubbles, and former kids tend not to totally outgrow them either.
Gazillion Bubble Show is at New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, every Friday (7pm), Saturday (11am, 2pm, 4:30pm) and Sunday (12 noon and 3pm). For more information and tickets, visit gazillionbubbleshow.com.