Review: Don’t miss “The Nance” at ArtsWest now through Nov 19

The Nance plays ArtsWest in West Seattle now through November 19.

Review by Jeanne Kinley Deller:

Artistic Director Matthew Wright has produced another undaunted winner in The Nance! As 1930s burlesque and “pansy shows” come to life on stage, the audience is provided a close-up glimpse into historical atrocities of that period. A most hypocritical culture it was – accepting and portraying gay lives as entertaining and comedic, all the while persecuting those who chose a gay lifestyle.

Chauncey Miles (performed poignantly by Richard Gray) is a flamboyant gay burlesque performer, weaving his way through life under the guise of a straight entertainer. The irony of his predicament is not lost on those who strive to support him in his endeavors to perform as a nance while in the midst of a relationship with a young homeless man (solidly portrayed by Drew Highlands).

Accolades to Jeff Steitzer in his straight-man supporting role – his impeccable delivery and timing add fearless comic relief throughout. A thank you to ArtsWest for a timely, dynamic line-up this season – so educational, so heartfelt, so powerful, and ever so welcome to our Seattle theatre community. Tickets here.

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ArtsWest 2017-18 The Nance

Photos by John McLellan

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Review: “Ragtime” shines at The 5th Avenue Theatre

Ragtime plays The 5th Avenue Theatre now through November 5, 2017 in downtown Seattle. Review by Jeanne Kinley Deller:
Hats off to “Ragtime” choreographer, Kelli Foster Warder, for her unique and strikingly remarkable choreography that so vividly orchestrates this production. Foster’s unusual presentation of actors, amid a minimalist backdrop, serves as a perfect setting for characters’ clever introductions—and so much more.

As fictional personalities intertwine with those of real-life historical figures, the audience is transported back to devastating diversity and prejudice at the turn of the 20th Century, not unlike many obstacles encountered in today’s world.

Ragtime’s New York City melting pot is blessed with a host of fascinating characters you won’t want to miss.  Among them: Coalhouse Walker (Douglas Lyons), as a young musician with a most extraordinary piano and zest for life; Tateh (Joshua Carter), a strong-willed, highly creative Jewish immigrant; and, Mother (Kendra Kassebaum), a forcefully determined matriarch and advocate. A grand diversity of personalities entertain the audience throughout the captivating performance. In addition to the cast, the transitioning piano deserves its own accolades.

Ragtime will be at the 5th Avenue Theatre to challenge your senses and inspire you now through November 5. Tickets here

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Photos by Mark Kitaoka.

GIVEAWAY: Kitten N’ Lou present CREAM! Starring Milk from RuPaul’s Drag Race at The Triple Door

One of my favorite contestants of all time from RuPaul’s Drag Race is coming to Seattle to perform with some of the best burlesque performers of all time, Kitten N’ Lou and The Atomic Bombshells! Keep reading to find out how you can enter to win a pair of tickets to see this show at The Triple Door in Seattle.

About the show:

Kitten N’ Lou Present: CREAM!
A Spanksgiving feast of decadently sickening burlesque, drag, and cabaret
Starring RuPaul’s Drag Race megastar MILK!

November 16-19 & 21-22 at The Triple Door in downtown Seattle

Featuring:
MILK (RPDR star, season 6)
The Atomic Bombshells Burlesque
Kitten N’ Lou (Voted #1 Burlesque Act in the World)
Mr. Gorgeous (NYC Boylesque Star of Epic Proportions)
CHERDONNA (certified dance Genius)
…and surprise guests!

“Returning this November: Whet your Thanksgiving appetite with an eye-popping cornucopia of internationally acclaimed drag and burlesque superstars! After last year’s sold out smash run, this year’s show has been extended, giving you 6 nights of decadent magic! Starring RuPaul’s Drag Race superstar/NYC club kid genius MILK, this outrageously glamorous confection of a show has enjoyed sold out runs three years in a row at Southern Decadence festival in New Orleans, and finally returns to Seattle this fall! Featuring a smorgasbord of top-shelf superstars like Cherdonna, Kitten N’ Lou, and The Atomic Bombshells, CREAM promises to leave you satiated and wallowing happily in a glittery sugar high.”

Want to enter to win two tickets? ENTER HERE! 

Tickets here. 

 

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Check out this video from a previous year of “Cream!”

 

GIVEAWAY: Century Ballroom’s Halloween Disco Dance on Friday 10/27

If you love disco, soul, Motown & funk music, mark your calendar for Friday 10/27 for Century Ballroom’s Halloween Disco Dance! Century’s Hallie & Alison will teach special lesson before the dance–come learn to dance the Hustle! Dress in disco theme or wear whatever Halloween costume your heart desires.
Learn more about the party here and keep reading to find out how you can enter to win two tickets.
About the party, in their own words:
“Join us on Friday, October 27 for a special Halloween Disco Dance! 21+
Costumes encouraged!
8:30pm Hustle Lesson with Hallie & Alison
9:30pm-1am Disco Dance (Disco, Motown, Funk & Soul) with DJ Dana Dub (who DJ’ed the Pride Tea Dance and the Timberline Tea Dances!)

Lesson: $16
Dance: $10 (FREE with Lesson)

Plus join us in The Tin Table for a cocktail and dinner beforehand. Reservations: TheTinTable.com” 

Want to enter to win a pair of tickets? Here’s how:

1. RSVP “Interested” or “Going” to the Halloween Disco Dance Facebook event page.

2. Post a comment and tag a friend on my Facebook giveaway post.

 

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That’s it! Seattle Pockets giveaway ends Monday 10/23/17 at 11:59pm. Winner must be 21+. Full info about the event here. 

Looking for something to do on 10/31 (actual Halloween)? Century Ballroom is hosting a Halloween Tango Carnival. Details here.

 

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Can Can’s “This is Halloween” Dance Multimedia Spooktacular at The Triple Door

It’s true, Seattle Pockets should be called “Spooky Pockets” during the month of October because of all the Halloween fun I have to share! For those of you who love live music and performance, “This is Halloween” is the perfect Seattle Halloween Tradition. Performed at the gorgeous venue The Triple Door in downtown Seattle, this original production by Can Can is the adaptation of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” which is one of the best Halloween movies of all time. This show, a “Live Music & Dance Multimedia Spooktacular,” plays October 20-31, 2017 with early shows for ages 17+ and late shows for ages 21+. I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing this production before but am SO excited to step into the world of Jack, Sally, and all the characters of “Christmas Town” in this “dark fantasy musical.”
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About the show: Follow the misadventures of Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king and most-acclaimed citizen of Halloween Town in “This is Halloween,” Can Can’s original, dark fantasy musical adaptation of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Weary of his usual terrifying antics and no longer seeing a point in scaring people, Jack takes a walk through the forest that will change Halloween Town – and Seattle — forever! When Jack stumbles upon Christmas Town, full of beautifully decorated trees and a warm spirit, the plot thickens. Featuring live orchestral music and vocal performance, cabaret, burlesque, all new scenic design, and video projections inspired by the original Tim Burton classic,this Halloween extravaganza is choreographed by Fae Phalen (former Seahawks Seagal and Heavenly Spies), with video design by TJ Davis (Bassnectar, Decibel Festival) – prepared to be spooked!
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Review: Don’t miss hilarious Tony-nominated musical “Something Rotten!” now thru 10/1

Review by Jeanne Kinley Deller:

Frivolity! Foolishness! Fanfare! All the aforementioned in abundance for those 5th Avenue Theatre-goers who partake of “Something Rotten! It’s easy to understand why this outrageous play about the “world’s first musical,” directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, earned 10 Tony Award Nominations, including Best Musical.

The loud, boisterous, enormously talented cast members had command of the stage and the audience from the start with  “Welcome to the Renaissance.” The most outstanding crowd pleaser, “A Musical,” delivered hilarious tidbits of song and dance from a plethora of musicals we theatre goers know and love. For those Shakespearean buffs in the audience, references to the Bard’s works, throughout, delightedly added yet another layer of insight and sophisticated humor.

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The dynamic Bottom brothers, played by Rob McClure and Josh Grisetti, delivered with tremendous strength and vocal range. Nostradamus, played by Blake Hammond, stole the show repeatedly with his wry humor and wacky predictions of all things musical to come in Renaissance theatre. Don’t miss this show, on now through October 1 at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Tickets here and check out the video on The 5th Avenue Theatre’s website.

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Photos by Jeremy Daniel

Giveaway! Burlesco DiVino: Wine in Rome

Lily Verlaine & Jasper McCann (the team that brings us the Burlesque Alice in Wonderland and Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker) return this month to The Triple Door with their “newest spectacle of ecdysiastic pageantry,” Burlesco DiVino: Wine In Rome, a celebration of wine, liberation, beauty, and frivolity in The Eternal City. This show features a great cast, including one of my favorite performers, The Luminous Pariah.

This show runs for five performances over three days, September 21-23, at The Triple Door. Tickets here.

Want to enter to win a pair of tickets? Here’s how:

  1. RSVP “Interested” or “Going” to the Burlesco DiVino Facebook event page.
  2. Post a comment and tag a friend on the Seattle Pockets Facebook post.

That’s it!

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More about the show:

The first and only burlesque production commissioned by The Triple Door, Burlesco DiVino takes the audience on a wild trip across Rome in 1963 with American choreographer Babs Lawson and her friend, Italian musician Lanzo Travaglio. After disappointing their widowed patron Donatella Chianti with a work of avant-garde dance, Babs and Lanzo are in over their heads. With a deadline looming and Babs’ visa on the line, they search for inspiration in the streets, at a wild party, and get a morning after they’ll never forget, thanks to a lot of wine and a little advice from feminist icon Helen Gurley Brown. Will their new show be a tragic failure, or will they be able to charm the citizens of Rome to get into the act and lift Donatella out of her grief? Inspired by the great costume epics Quo Vadis and Satyricon, and the mid-century visions of Rome La Dolce Vita and Roman Holiday, this show mixes classical music, jazz, and Italian go-go rock with the traditional music of ancient Rome. Priestesses, paparazzi, Vespa-girls, fire dancers, and fashionistas all take their turn in the spotlight as the ensemble weaves belly dance, go-go, and ballet with comedy, striptease, glamour, and song! Burlesco DiVino: Wine In Rome is the intoxicating theatrical burlesque mélange that you’ve come to expect from Verlaine, McCann, and company. Join us in the Bacchanal!

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Photos by Angela Sterling.

Giveaway ends Saturday, September 16 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Winner will be contacted via Facebook.