ZIEGFELD MIDNIGHT FROLIC
TRANSFORMS TIMES SQUARE’S
LIBERTY THEATER FOR
ZIEGFELD MIDNIGHT FROLIC
ZIEGFELD MIDNIGHT FROLIC
"An evening of dark revelry” - The New York Times
''Von Buhler infuses the evening with a louche and lively glamour'' - The New Yorker
"Like being inside a Baz Luhrmann movie" - TheaterMania
"A glorious romp" - NY Daily News
"Thrilling and unique" - TheaterMania
"A spangly, slithering web of dreams" - Talkin' Broadway
"Dizzyingly elaborate" - Talkin' Broadway
"A creatively altered universe" - Viewing NY
"The darker side of the American Dream" - Where NY
(March 5, 2015 – New York, NY) This spring, a former Broadway theater just off Times Square will be resurrected as the lavish and risqué playground of Florenz Ziegfeld and his Follies for SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE: ZIEGFELD’S MIDNIGHT FROLIC, the third interactive show in the Speakeasy Dollhouse series from author, artist and playwright Cynthia von Buhler.
From April 18 – May 9 at the Liberty Theater (accessible only through a secret entrance located at the back of the Liberty Diner at 234 West 42nd Street), guests can step 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 Dresier's novel Sister Carrie, ZIEGFELD’S MIGNIGHT FROLIC explores a starlet's transition from hopeful anonymity to disenchanted fame.
Audiences will be free to follow the story on their own by wandering throughout an expansive environment. Choose your corruption at Montmartre’s Cabaret du Néant while a garish garcon regales you with tales of guillotines and deadly bacteria. Sleuth the luxury suite at Hotel Ritz Paris where Pickford allegedly tried to save the Follies’ star, after she drank poison. Take a gander at the glories and gutters that created the American Dream. In addition to Thomas, Pickford and Ziegfeld, 1920s stars such as Fanny Brice, Josephine Baker, Eddie Cantor, Billie Burke, Will Rogers, Marilyn Miller, Mary Eaton, Dorothy Mackaill, Alberto Vargas, Mr. Gallagher, Mr. Sheen and the Ziegfeld Girls will be represented in the cast. Guests will be 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’S MIDNIGHT FROLIC’s music arranger is Alphonso Horne, a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars, the band that played nightly for the Broadway musical After Midnight. Chris Pattishall and Jennifer Vincent are the co-music directors of the show.
Cynthia von Buhler is the writer, director and set designer of ZIEGFELD’S MIDNIGHT FROLIC. Von Buhler's first play in the Speakeasy Dollhouse series, The Bloody Beginning, has been running continuously in New York City since 2011. Chris Fink will serve as associate director, in addition to playing Eddie Cantor. FX’s The Americans star Alison Wright will serve as Directorial Consultant. Delysia La Chatte will be the choreographer for the dance and burlesque. Aerial was choreographed by Anya Sapozhnikova from House of Yes and Melissa Aguerre. Puppetry will be created and performed by Erin Orr. Billy Butler, the silent film explicator, will be writing original songs for the show, and Czech photographer and filmmaker Bibiana is creating silent films for the play that will feature the cast and the Liberty Theatre.
Bespoke cocktails will be created by Bootleg Greg, mixologist at the Dean James Max farm-to-table restaurant Parallel Post in Connecticut.
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.
SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE: ZIEGFELD’S MIDNIGHT FROLIC will be presented every Thursday through Saturday evening, from April 18 – May 9, 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 back entrance in to the world of ZIEGFELD’S MIDNIGHT FROLIC. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are priced as follows:
Dewdropper (General Admission, 8pm) Dewdroppers wander and explore -- they don't need a seat. They receive a role, a passport and an unforgettable experience. Please note: This ticket level isn't guaranteed a seat unless they reserve the prix fixe dinner with their ticket. You may reserve dinner by emailing email@example.com
Bees Knees (VIP Admission, 7:30pm) Showgirls escort you to VIP-only ''champagne orgy'' at ''The Hotel Ritz in Paris.'' You receive a luxurious stage side reserved seat, a celebrity role, a passport and an unforgettable experience. If you choose the dinner option you enjoy your dinner at a premium table.
There will be a separate $65 prix fixe dinner option for guests during the show featuring traditional 1920’s American cuisine with pescetarian, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. The dinner includes an appetizer, a salad, an entree, a dessert and a cocktail or wine. Reservations for dinner may be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about dinner and the menu, call 212-997-0009 M - F from 10am - 5pm.
Tickets are available by phone at 1-866-811-4111 or online at
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