Queen of the Night's Reign Comes to an End Tonight at the Diamond Horseshoe

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Queen of the Night, the lavish interactive Off-Broadway theatrical feast from Sleep No More producer Randy Weiner, ends its run at the Diamond Horseshoe supper club beneath the Paramount Hotel after tonight's special New Year's Eve show.

Katherine Crockett in Queen of the Night
Katherine Crockett in Queen of the Night Photo by Joan Marcus

The production will reopen at a date and venue to be announced later in 2016, according to production spokesperson Shoshana Fisher.

The immersive show that combines circus, spectacle, dance, music, food and fashion premiered Dec. 31, 2013, for a six-week run at the Diamond Horseshoe, but kept extending. Its run ends there after exactly two years.

Described as a loose adaptation of Mozart's opera The Magic Flute, The Queen of the Night incorporates the composer's music along with new songs. Tony Award-winning scenic designer Christine Jones (American Idiot) directs the production that features the work of cirque artist Shana Carroll, the co-founding artistic director of Les 7 Doigts de la Main (previously represented on Broadway with Pippin). Food performances were created by Jennifer Rubell.

Producers released the following statement to Playbill.com: "Originally commissioned by Aby Rosen as a six-week-long dinner spectacular to celebrate the opening of the Paramount Hotel's Diamond Horseshoe theatre, Queen of the Night has been extended repeatedly by popular demand and having just completed a sold-out holiday season, has ended up running for two years at the Diamond Horseshoe, becoming one of the longest running shows in Off-Broadway history. In addition to its popularity in New York, Queen of the Night has been licensed for productions in Shanghai, Beijing, and Tokyo, and will be reopening in New York at a new venue later this year [2016]."

Randy Weiner, a managing member at Variety Worldwide, said, "It has been both a privilege and pleasure to work with RFR and LDV in developing Queen of the Night into a worldwide phenomenon. We look forward to announcing new developments for Queen of the Night in 2016, including our new home in New York City." According to the creators, "Queen of the Night is a dark debutante ball thrown by The Marchesa for her daughter Pamina. Queen of the Night is a fusion of dance, music, fashion, circus, culinary delights, theatre and nightlife that welcomes the audience into a wholly interactive entertainment experience. Drinks will flow, dinner is served, and over the course of the gala, guests will be engaged, entertained and immersed in this genre-blurring initiation."

Read Playbill.com's Brief Encounter with director Christine Jones, who revealed the process behind creating the mysterious, one-of-a-kind evening.

The Queen of the Night has associate direction by Jenny Koons, creative direction by Giovanna Battaglia, set and scent design by Douglas Little, fashion design by Thom Browne, lighting design by Austin R. Smith, sound design by Darron L. West and Charles Coes, magic design by Cuiffo and interior design by Meg Sharpe, with choreography by Lorin Latarro. Nathan Koch and Jennie Willink produce.

The Diamond Horseshoe space has been used for many purposes over the years. From 1970 to 1982 it served as a Broadway theatre (known variously as the Stairway, Century and Mayfair), including extended runs of On Golden Pond (revival) and Dance With Me. Paramount Hotel owner Aby Rosen invested $20 million into the renovation of the 6,000-square-foot Diamond Horseshoe space for the run of Queen of the Night. No future plans for the space have been announced.  

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