Dodger Stages Open Underwater as Symphonie Fantastique Returns to Off-Broadway

News   Dodger Stages Open Underwater as Symphonie Fantastique Returns to Off-Broadway Basil Twist — who provided Off-Broadway's The Long Christmas Ride Home with its handheld cast — will inaugurate the new Dodger Stages complex with a return of his sold-out underwater puppet spectacle, Symphonie Fantastique.

Dodger Stage Holding presents the Tandem Otter Productions work, set to begin previews at a 199-seat theatre at Dodger Stages Aug. 31 towards an official opening Sept. 16.

Crowds filled the tiny 78-seat HERE Arts Center in SoHo to witness the Basil Twist work set in a 500-gallon water tank when it debuted there in 1998. Now Symphonie Fantastique, which "combines the magic of puppetry with the powerful suggestions of dance, film and art, set to the five movements of Hector Berlioz's hour-long 19th-century classic composition," as show materials state, will be performed in a 1,000-gallon water tank for its new run.

A to-be-announced cast will handle fabrics, feathers, vinyl, plastic, dyes, bubbles, flashlights and more to create the underwater ballet which earned Twist an Obie Award and went on to play in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Montreal, London and Munich.

Dodger Stage Holding — currently represented on Broadway by 42nd Street — is comprised of producers Michael David, Robin de Levita, Rocco Landesman, Des McAnuff and Edward Strong. Ticket information and a performance schedule are yet to be announced.

Symphonie Fantastique will perform at the new Dodger Stages, a multi-venue Off-Broadway theatre complex located at Worldwide Plaza, 340 West 50th Street (between Eighth and Ninth Ave.). For more information on Dodger Stages, visit www.dodgerstages.com.

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