Seattle TravelGram took some phenomenal photos from their Return to Paradise visit! Oh, and they also wrote a smashing review that is both quick and glorious (delightful).
Here’s a snippet:
“Teatro ZinZanni, Seattle’s beloved dinner theater / comedic cabaret / vaudeville revue in an historic circus tent, has cooked up one of the best ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle. The atmosphere is jovial, while the tent is intimate and the show up close and personal. You share a table or booth with others and are served a four-course meal by smiling, dancing servers, who are also actually skilled, knowledgeable servers. The steak made my table ecstatic, the soup was divine and the wine flight was varied and delicious.
The cast, however, is what makes this show. Hostess Gracie Hansen, played by Christine Deaver, is a star of many a show at Teatro, who never disappoints. Her wit and comedic timing, paired with her singing voice and larger than life presence, makes her a star among us. “
The Sun Break is still reeling from their trip to Paradise. Return to Paradise, that is! Hey-o!
Anyhow, here are some highlights from the review (written by Tamara Vallejos):
“(Christine) Deaver’s personality oozes into every inch of the tent when she takes the spotlight, in over-the-top—but completely fantastic—sequined dresses that probably share a relative with a disco mirror ball somewhere. Her snappy storytelling and quick wit can keep a crowd in stitches, even when delivering those often cheesy (but usually endearing) ZinZanni zingers.”
“Something about the hypnotic, erotic “vertical tango” performed by husband-and-wife duo and former Cirque du Soleil Saltimbanco performers Sam Payne and Sandra Feusi is enough to make a diner drop their fork in favor of gaping at the two performers sensually reaching for each other as they twist, turn, and climb up and down a pole in the center of the tent.”
“… Cirque performer Ling Rui (Dralion, Delirium) with his breathtaking flying on the aerial silks, and the impressively-muscled Christopher Phi, aka: Bruce Lee, whose carefully-controlled hand balancing act blends physical grace with stunning strength and agility.”
“Some 285 guests, four nights a week, are served a five-course dinner (well-paired with matching wines) by a troupe of actors (the “Galaxy Girls”) while the entertainment unspools: music, pop songs from the Sixties, PG-rated jokes, suggestive dances and the spectacular aerial acts.”
“… these are professional-level athletes, up close and astonishingly personal.”
This party features oodles of gratuitously sexy performances, luchadores clashing in a battle royale, fantastic cerveza, and dancing! This spectacle of spectacular is hosted by a trifecta of tremendous talent: the Mexican Elvis El Vez (Robert Lopez), the tallest caballero this side of the border “Big Mike” Geier, and Mexican blonde bombshell Christine Deaver. See these three lo-co hosts as you’ve never seen them before: late at night and uncensored!
Late night shows are crazy popular and lines to enter can get long close to show time. If you are attending, be muy inteligente and arrive here right before 11 PM. Don’t forget your ID, you must be 21 or older to witness the ESPECTACULAR!
At long last they are here! We have the official ¡Caliente! live photos. Catch a glimpse into our spicy new show with these saucy shots taken by Michael Doucett.
Also, check out this most excellent review from Drama in the Hood, written by the lovely Emma Chambers. This review has one of the best summations for the finale: “… if you have ever wanted to see a very large man dressed up as the Statue of Liberty, surrounded by slices of cake while servers wearing cabaret-style mini dresses parade about with flags from a range of countries—not just the US and Mexico—now is your chance.” Guilty!
We sum up these photos and that review with one word: ¡Caliente!
“¡Caliente! stars Christine Deaver and Robert Lopez who play the brother/sister duo, Tres and Cinco who work in the kitchen. It appears that the tent is being sold and the kitchen crew is the last to know of this news. It’s up to the pair, with the help of the rest of the crew, to literally save the show. Each member begins to live out their own show biz fantasy, trading in their kitchen uniforms for circus costumes.
With a Latin flare, the “Mexican Donnie and Marie” are joined by the very tall singer/songwriter “Big Mike” Geier and the very short Chinese acrobat, Ling Rui, the Argentine Malambo dancer, clown and percussionist, Ann Bernard, Ukrainian contortionist, Vita Radionova and the French acrobatic trio, Les Petits Freres. It’s sort of a wide world of circus with a vaudeville accent. Every performer appeared to be flawless in their crafts.”
Well, we like to think this, but we are biased. No, this headline comes direct from CultureMob.com. Here it is again with a truly glitzy intro:
Teatro ZinZanni Does Everything Right
by Tom Mohrman
“¡Caliente!, the new show at Teatro ZinZanni, is completely over the top. You’ve got your acrobatics, your dancing, your jokes. There’s songs, sparklers, cabaret, an amazing five course dinner, and custom cocktails. The conceit for this season’s show is that the kitchen has been fired, but instead of accepting their pink slips, they stay for one last night, and put on the show of their dreams. Starring Christine Deaver and Robert Lopez (aka El Vez), the three and a half hours spent inside the spiegeltentis full of laughs and moments of wonder.”
We just love the sound of that word. ¡Caliente! It just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? It means hot in Spanish, and boy is this show ever caliente. Check out the photos from ¡Caliente!‘s wildly successful run in our San Francisco tent (photos courtesy of Mark Kitaoka and Tracy Martin) and read more about the performers here.
Big Mike Geier, Mr. Otis in our soon-to-open show ¡Caliente!, braved the icy slush for a costume fitting. Costume fittings are part and parcel for new show preparations, only with snow added into the mix arriving here turns into more of an extreme sport. Luckily the tent never lost power!
Big Mike’s dress is still being built, as you can see from the photos, but is slated to be fabulous when finished (and is not too shabby now). While Big Mike towers over most at a staggering 6 foot 8 inches tall, he still had to stand on 2-foot risers for the fitting. Making his first-ever performance with Teatro ZinZanni, Big Mike hales from Atlanta, where he and his wife write and record music for the Cartoon Network and Adult Swim.
See him in ¡Caliente¡ opening February 2nd (goodness that is soon)!