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The Magic of Circus Vasquez; Plus, Broadway Actor and Singer Michael James Scott

Members of the family-owned circus discuss its legacy; Plus, the Broadway actor explains how he’s helping the stars of tomorrow.



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For over 50 years Circus Vasquez has been entertaining audiences of all ages as the largest family-owned circus in the U.S.

We are joined by circus artist Jose Alberto Vázquez, a 4th generation Vázquez performer, who discusses growing up in the family circus, his love for juggling, and what audiences can expect at Circus Vázquez.

We also hear from Semen Shuster, aka Housch-ma-Housch, an award-winning clown, who explains what inspired his iconic appearance and commitment towards entertaining audiences through his diversity of skills from juggling, magic, pantomime, and more.

Circus Vázquez will be in Houston May 5 – 14, 2023, at Almeda Mall. For more information, click here.

Then, we are joined by actor and singer Michael James Scott, who is currently starring as The Genie in Disney's Aladdin on Broadway, having played the role around the world.

Scott discusses his role as the host for the 2023 Tommy Tune Awards, which recognizes the best musical theater talent in Houston. He also shares his reactions to the recently released nominations for the 76th Tony Awards.

The 2023 Tommy Tune Awards, presented by Theatre Under the Stars, will be held on Thursday, May 4, at 7pm CT at the Hobby Center for Performing Arts. For more information, click here.



Jose Alberto Vázquez

Semen Shuster aka "Housch-ma-Housch"

  • Award-Winning Clown and Comedian

Michael James Scott

  • Actor & Singer
  • Currently Starring as The Genie In Disney's Aladdin on Broadway

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