Recorded live during a performance in September at HERE Arts Center's Dorothy B. Williams Theatre, Arias with a Twist finds the drag chanteuse performing Led Zeppelin covers as well as original songs composed by Alex Gifford of Propellerheads, the late Klaus Nomi and Griff Williams.
Blending a mix of live vocals, pre-recorded orchestrations and existing material, Arias with a Twist bills the unique recording as a soundtrack, rather than a cast album.
The critically acclaimed exotic fantasy of song and puppetry is currently playing an extended run through New Year's Eve at HERE Arts Center's Dorothy B. Williams Theatre. The production began performances June 12.
Credited with turning drag into high art, Arias returned to New York in Arias with a Twist, following an extended run headlining the Las Vegas production of Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity. Innovative puppet designer Basil Twist collaborated on the newly conceived production that conjures "ecstatic desires, lavish nightmares and bizarre premonitions in a bejeweled cabinet of curiosities that could only be found in one of downtown's last enclaves for bohemian New York style."
The track listing for Arias with a Twist follows:
"Jungle of Eden"
"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
"Within You Without You"
"Clair de Lune"
"I’ll Take it to My Baby"
"All By Myself"
"You Gotta Pull Strings"
"Ooh, What a Feelin’" Bonus Tracks:
"Use Me, Abuse Me"
"Harmonics Mood in Jazz Blue"
"All By Myself"
The recording, priced $14.99, is available by visiting AriaswithaTwist, and at HERE Arts Center.
Basil Twist also directs Arias with a Twist, which features a marionette band of musicians, an alien abduction, poisonous snakes, a Busby Berkeley sequence — and a trip to hell.
Arias with a Twist features costume concepts by Thierry Mugler, costume execution by Chris March, musical arrangements by Elliot Douglass and Jean-Francois Houle, musical production by Jean-Francois Houle, sound design by Greg Duffin, lighting design by Ayumu "poe" Saegusa and video design by Daniel Brodie. Alex Gifford penned original songs ("Lately" and "The Jungle of Eden").
The original work was developed through HERE Arts Center's Dream Music Puppetry Program, which is now celebrating its tenth year nurturing new puppetry techniques and incorporating new opportunities for puppetry artists through interdisciplinary collaborations.
Arias with a Twist plays 9 PM Wednesdays-Saturdays, with additional midnight performances on Saturdays. Sunday performances are at 6 PM and 9 PM.
Tickets are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or by visiting HERE.
HERE Arts Center is located at 145 Sixth Avenue in Manhattan.