Through the Looking Glass: this week’s Pick of the Glitter.
This week’s Pick of the Glitter is a classic tale cleverly re-imagined and skillfully modernized by Lily Verlaine & Jasper McCann: Through the Looking Glass: the Burlesque Alice In Wonderland visits Seattle’s Triple Door May 15-18. Now in its fifth season, there are still a few surprises and new twists down the rabbit hole- watch for a new ‘face card’ making an appearance at The Looking Glass nightclub, as well as Paris Original cast as the Knave of Hearts. “The ‘Butterfly’ duet between Lily and Trojan Original has changed a bit…a metamorphosis, as it were,” hinted Jasper. “There are different thematic elements to look for.”
Framing the story in a nightclub setting allowed the producers to realize the “adult” Alice as well as certain aspects of the story’s more unsavory characters, who weren’t quite so charming as memory may serve. “We were trying to give a different musical context to the characters so the audience could forget about the ‘Alice’ they’ve been forced to get to know, and meet these new ideas of the characters with an open mind,” Jasper explained in our 2011 interview on the evolution of the show. “Sure, The Queen of Hearts still loves beheading people, but that’s dark stuff. The original book, retitled, should be ‘Through The Looking Glass and all the jerks Alice met there’. The Mad Hatter and the March Hare are NOT jovial, happy-go-lucky sing-song characters in the book. They’re horrible. And so are many of the other characters… they’re pompous, rude, indifferent, contrary, and aggressive. So take that, and boil it down, make it glamorous and shiny, and you’ve got yourself a show.”
Through the Looking Glass: the Burlesque Alice In Wonderland mixes jazz with exotic music and dance styles as Alice discovers what wonders lie beyond the velvet rope at Wonderland’s exclusive nightclub, The Looking Glass. Get tickets and more information HERE, and what follows are five very, very good reasons to spend the weekend following Alice: