EXCLUSIVE: Acclaimed Arias With a Twist Will Return to New York

News   EXCLUSIVE: Acclaimed Arias With a Twist Will Return to New York
 
Arias with a Twist, the heady musical fantasy combining the talents of drag performer Joey Arias and puppet designer Basil Twist, will play a limited five-week New York return engagement in the early fall.

Joey Arias
Joey Arias

The Sept. 14-Oct. 15 run at the Abrons Arts Center promises a "deluxe" version of Arias with a Twist, which dazzled critics when it premiered at HERE Arts Center in June 2008 and played an extended six-month run.

The work has been seen at festivals around the world and played engagements at L.A.'s REDCAT. Arias with a Twist has also spawned a documentary, "Arias with a Twist: The Docufantasy," and a soundtrack preserving Arias' Billie Holiday-inspired vocals.

The madcap production takes audiences on a journey through an alien abduction, encounters with poisonous snakes, a Busby Berkeley sequence — and a trip to hell.

Songs included are "Kashmir," "Jungle of Eden," "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "Within You Without You," "I'll Take it to My Baby," "All By Myself," "Lately," "You've Changed," "Twisted" and "Ooh, What a Feelin.'"

Credited with turning drag into high art, Joey 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. His solo evening Joey Arias: Live at Town Hall! takes place April 21. An award-winning puppeteer, Twist conjured the creatures of Broadway's The Addams Family and The Pee wee Herman Show. His productions also include Peter and Wendy, Symphonie Fantastique and Petrushka.

Twist also directed the production with 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 soundtrack for Arias with a Twist was recorded during a live performance and is available by visiting AriaswithaTwist.

For tickets visit AbronsArtsCenter or phone (212) 352-3101. The Abrons Arts Center is located within the Henry Street Settlement at 466 Grand Street.

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