Review by Jeanne Kinley Deller:
Now at The Paramount in downtown Seattle, beloved George and Ira Gershwin music and lyrics come to life with the delightful production of “An American in Paris, A New Musical“. Opening scenes take the audience to post World War II in Paris—a chilling reminder of Nazi occupation and all that contributed to the downfall of so many European countries.
On the upside, as time and characters move beyond war-torn Parisian survival mode, Jerry (played by McGee Maddox) and Lise (played by Sara Esty) weave their way into, through, and out of a tangle of triangulated affairs.
Bob Crowley’s brilliant set and unique costume designs not only compliment director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s endeavors, but add a bright, new dimension to this energetic production. Riveting, unforgettable musical numbers Fidgety Feet and An American in Paris alone, are worth the price of the ticket.
“An American in Paris: A New Musical” plays The Paramount now through May 14th. Tickets available here.
Photos by Matthew Murphy.
Photos by Navid Baraty via Seattle Repertory Theatre
Through the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland returns to The Triple Door April 26-30.
To enter to win a pair of tickets, comment on this blog post, then fill out our giveaway form here.
About the show:
Now in its ninth consecutive season at The Triple Door, Through The Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland follows Alice as she discovers what wonders lie beyond the velvet rope at Wonderland’s most exclusive nightclub, The Looking Glass, and tries to beat the evil Queen of Hearts to become the next ruler of Wonderland. New this year, Verlaine and McCann’s Alice boasts a fresh set design by Footlight Award-winning scenic designer Julia Welch.
“Last year, we added incredible costume pieces and this year we are taking a big leap forward in scenic design,” Lily Verlaine commented. “As new artists take on a character, we let the artists’ strengths inform the character. For instance, Tory Peil’s stoic/manic performance of the Cheshire Cat role differs greatly from prior artists’ performances, and the Tribellas’ (Maiden Egypt, Ivy D’Vine, Juwana Heart) Flamingoes number now showcases their signature fusion belly dancing.”
The complete cast stars Lily Verlaine (Caterpillar, Red Queen); Jasper McCann (White Rabbit); Miss Indigo Blue (The Mad Hatter, Tiger Lily, The Duchess); Babette La Fave (Jabberwocky, Tweedle Dee, Cook); Dreamy Tangerine (Alice); Cookie Bellini (Alice); Tory Peil (Cheshire Cat, White Queen, MaryAnne); Paris Original (Knave of Hearts, Door Mouse); Trojan Original (March Hare, Caterpillar Cavalier, Cook); Maiden Egypt (Queen Of Hearts); Juwana Heart (Tweedle Dum); Ivy D’Vine (Flamingo, Mushroom); Isobella Bloom (Drink Me); Britt Hobson (Eat Me); Tom-Tom The Phenomenon (Paraffin the Chandelier); and from New York City, Lena Foxe (Brass the Chandelier).
Long-time readers of my blog know how much I love the work of Kitten LaRue & Lou Henry Hoover. If you are fan of burlesque, you’ve likely seen them in Atomic Bombshell productions such as J’Adore, Cream, and Lost in Space, or in DeLouRue’s production of Homo for the Holidays. Perhaps you saw Kitten N’ Lou’s production of “Camptacular” last summer.
Well, Kitten N’ Lou are back with a blasphemous show: “Holier Than Thou.”
Whether you’re a huge fan already or are excited to see them for the first time, don’t miss “Holier than Thou” at Century Ballroom’s West Hall May 4-6. That’s right, there’s only 3 nights to see this show! Tickets here.
“…the “show-stopping, costume-laden, full-out-camp, gender-bending, queer-positive retooling of the Bible you never knew you needed!” (The West Australian)
LET’S GET BIBLICAL. Fresh from a critically-acclaimed smash run at Fringe World in Australia, everyone’s favorite gay-married superduo drag darlings return home to Seattle with a brand new glitter bomb of award-winning dance, irreverent striptease, and surreal comedic magic that’s been called “BRILLIANTLY DERANGED” by Time Out NY. Expect to be converted and shouting “YAS GAWD!” May 4th, 5th, and 6th at 8pm at West Hall (915 E. Pine St in Seattle).
Holier Than Thou features vocal characterizations by RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 Winner Jinkx Monsoon and her partner in crime Major Scales.
“Kitten LaRue and Lou Henry Hoover gave me life, and I wasn’t alone in my joy – this is the first Fringe show I’ve seen that elicited a unanimous standing ovation…Go see it. Revel in it.” (Xpress Magazine) 9.5/10 stars
“These two astonishing women will touch your heart and your funny bone.” (OUT in Perth 2016) ★★★★
Photo via Kitten N’ Lou Facebook Page.