The puppeteer — who provided Off-Broadway's The Long Christmas Ride Home with it handheld cast — presents his sold-out Off-Broadway hit anew at a 199-seat theatre at Dodger Stages Aug. 31 towards an official opening Sept. 16.
"Since Symphonie started in 1998 — and as people have asked us over and over again, 'How do you do that?' — we've always had the idea to let people watch the show from back stage," creator-director Twist stated in a release. "This is the first time, though, that we've had the time and space to do it. Viewing the show from that perspective, as it is happening in real time, should be a very different experience."
Tickets ($25, $45 and $65) to Symphonie Fantastique go on sale Aug. 23 by calling (212) 239-6200. 10 special Backstage Seats — which allow the ticket holder to view the magic-making backstage during the performance — will be available at each performance for $100. ($25 rush tickets will be sold for the Saturday 10 pm shows two hours prior to curtain and subject to availability.)
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 presents the Tandem Otter Productions work. 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.