Arias with a Twist
September 14, 2011 - October 16, 2011
This updated version of the original deliriously madcap fantasy once again features the soaring song stylings of demented diva Joey Arias surrounded by an eye-popping theatrical extravaganza conjured by a team of puppeteers under the direction of Basil Twist. Channeling lurid celluloid dreams, macabre nightmares and bizarre premonitions, the adventure begins with an alien abduction and concludes with a stupendous Busby Berkeley-esque finale. Along the way, the throaty chanteuse belts out pop, rock and jazz standards in addition to some original tunes by Alex Gifford as Twist and company work their magic with vintage marionettes, anatomically correct puppets and fantastical scenic elements.
Arias with a Twist features costumes by renowned fashion and fragrance designer Manfred Thierry Mugler, who also lends his hand as artistic advisor, as well as lighting design by Ayumu "Poe" Saegusa, sound design by Greg Duffin, and projection design by Daniel Brodie. The production combines projected animation, exquisite puppetry, and ingenious stagecraft for an exhilarating and unprecedented theatrical spectacle not to be missed.
"Eat your heart out, Madonna. The chanteuses who play Madison Square Garden and football stadiums have never experienced the imaginative heights of spectacle with which Basil Twist surrounds Joey Arias." — The New York Times