On Sunday night, while most people were watching the Oscars, I was taking in the new circus dance performance Queen of the Night. Why, might you ask, would I give up all the fun that goes along with critquing red carpet dresses and watching live as John Travolta flubbed Idina Menzel's name? Because (as I can now officially confirm), Queen of the Night is truly the hottest ticket in town!
Set at the beautiful Diamond Horseshoe (a legendary underground club from 1938-1951) at the Paramount Hotel (a historic hotel with a trendy twist) in Times Square, it's an experience like no other from the moment you enter the performance space until you stumble out into a cab.
Upon entering and being ushered down a stairway of champagne flutes that have seen better days and crystal chandeliers crashed on the floor, perfomers immediately probe you with titilating questions like "What's your sexual fantasy?". Those who choose to respond (discretely, of course) are awarded special treatment (and a special cocktail) as they enter the magnificent venue, where a mad scientist theme at the bar meets ornate light fixtures and plush tufted seating, modern neon lights, textured wallpaper and tables built around an extended theatrical stage. In three words: It's f*cking cool.
After being seated around a table with other curious guests, dance performances, circus tricks, juggling, illusions and feats of great physical strength and precision are performed right in front of your very eyes. I won't give away too much, but what some of these performers can do with thier bodies is just mind boggling. In one scenario, a man does back flips and propels himself into the air to land directly through a hoop at least 6 feet off the ground. Every part of the show, loosely based on the Magic Flute by Mozart, will have you guessing How did they do that, even the dinner course of whole lobsters, suckling pig and beef ribs which is served and later cleaned up in a unique way by all of the performers.
The night I attended, design guru Nate Berkus was in attendance, and other notable guests have included Mexicana Jessica Alba (pictured here with a performer from the show), Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne.
The show is currently booking through early April (But if I was to guess, I'd say its run is going to be extended) and you can watch a preview video below, but it doesn't reveal too much (as it shouldn't) because Queen of the Night is truly a see-it-to-believe it experience: