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(July 1, 2015 – New York, NY) SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE: ZIEGFELD MIDNIGHT FROLIC, the third interactive show in the Speakeasy Dollhouse series from author, artist and playwright Cynthia von Buhler opened April 18, 2015 and has been extended through the summer.

The show is held at the historic Liberty Theater in Times Square (accessible only through a secret portal located at the back of the Liberty Diner at 234 West 42nd Street). Guests are given a faux United States passport, a suggested role to play and a password which grants them entry into a reimagining of Ziegfeld's 1920’s extravaganza The Midnight Frolic, replete with showgirls, burlesque, aerialists and – of course – plenty of spirits. At the center of the story is the mysterious 1920 poisoning death of silent film star and Ziegfeld Girl, Olive Thomas, and the subsequent destruction of her husband, movie star, Jack Pickford. Inspired by Theodore Dreiser’s novel Sister Carrie, ZIEGFELD MIGNIGHT FROLIC explores a starlet's transition from hopeful anonymity to disenchanted fame.

Audiences are free to follow the story by watching an elaborate stage show at Ziegfeld’s Rooftop Theater and or by using their passport to travel to “Paris.” In Paris they choose their corruption at Montmartre’s Cabaret du Néant where a garish garcon regales them with tales of guillotines and deadly bacteria. Or, they travel around the corner to sleuth the luxury suite at Hotel Ritz Paris where Pickford allegedly tried to save the Follies’ star, after she drank poison.

In addition to Thomas, Pickford and Ziegfeld, 1920s stars such as Fanny Brice, Josephine Baker, Eddie Cantor, Billie Burke, Marilyn Miller and the Ziegfeld Girls are represented in the cast. Guests are entertained with dance, jazz, silent films and magic and as with all Speakeasy Dollhouse experiences, guests are expected to ignore the advice their parents gave them as children: they should be nosy and talk to strangers.

ZIEGFELD MIDNIGHT FROLIC’s music director, bandleader and horn player is Alphonso Horne, a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars, the band that played nightly for the Broadway musical After Midnight. Bass is played by Jennifer Vincent, drums by Moses Patrou and keys by Chris Pattishall.

Cynthia von Buhler is the writer, director and set designer of ZIEGFELD MIDNIGHT FROLIC. Von Buhler's first play in the Speakeasy Dollhouse series, The Bloody Beginning, ran continuously in New York City from 2011 - 2105. Chris Fink served as associate director and FX’s The Americans star Alison Wright served as Directorial Consultant. Delysia La Chatte is the choreographer for the dance and burlesque. Carmela Lane created the costumes. Puppetry was created and is performed by Erin Orr. Billy Butler, wrote original songs for the show, and Czech photographer and filmmaker Bibiana created silent films for the play that feature the cast and the show’s sets at Liberty Theater. 

Bespoke cocktails were created by Bootleg Greg for ZIEGFELD MIDNIGHT FROLIC, mixologist at the Dean James Max farm-to-table restaurant Parallel Post in Connecticut, and are mixed and served by the Liberty Theater staff.

Liberty Theater will be offering a $65 per person prix fixe dinner option for guests during the show. Dinner will be traditional 1920's American cuisine (with pescetarian, vegan and gluten-free options) and will include a choice of an appetizer, a salad, an entree, a dessert and one drink (wine, beer, premium cocktail, or one of our specialty cocktails.) The prix fixe menu is posted on our website. Dinner is reserved by emailing

The SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE series is produced by Smoosh & Smoosh Inc., which creates unique experiences by applying audience immersion to theater, fine art, music, events, and business. The company was founded in 2014 by husband and wife duo Russell Farhang and Cynthia von Buhler. Associate Producer PJ Mead joined the company in 2013.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE: ZIEGFELD MIDNIGHT FROLIC will be presented every Friday and Saturday evening, from April 18 – August 29, at the Liberty Theater. To enter the Liberty Theater, guests must enter through the Liberty Diner (234 West 42nd Street), where they will be escorted through a curtained doorway into the world of ZIEGFELD MIDNIGHT FROLIC. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are priced as follows:

Dewdropper (General Admission) Dewdroppers wander and explore -- they don't need a seat. They receive a role, a passport and an unforgettable experience. $75

Bee's Knees (VIP) Showgirls escort VIPs to a ''champagne orgy'' at “Paris.'' They receive a luxurious stage side reserved seat, a celebrity role, a passport and an unforgettable experience. If they choose the dinner option they enjoy their dinner at a premium table. $150

Speakeasy Dollhouse often posts promo codes on their ticketing site offering lower prices. In addition, returning guests are encouraged to bring their first passport back in when they return to the show. Those with the most stamps receive special perks.

Tickets are available by phone at 1-866-811-4111 or online at

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