Cocktail Hour: The Show Press Release

Cocktail Hour: The Show

Performed by

Ballets with a Twist

Comes to

Bucks County Playhouse

Friday, April 8, 8 pm · Saturday, April 9, 3 pm and 8 pm · Sunday, April 10, 2 pm

New Hope, Pennsylvania (February 23, 2016) — This spring, New York City’s Ballets with a Twist brings a fresh floorshow-to-stage experience to Bucks County Playhouse (70 South Main Street) with four performances of Cocktail Hour: The Show:

Friday, April 8, at 8 pm

Saturday, April 9, at 3 pm and 8 pm

Sunday, April 10, at 2 pm

Cocktails (and mocktails) from the show will be available at the Playhouse’s Riverview Café, Gazebo Bar and Lobby Bar, and may be enjoyed in the theater. Tickets are $35-55 for orchestra seating and $85 for cabaret table seating. To purchase, visit buckscountyplayhouse.org or call the box office at 215-862-2121.

The Show

Created by artistic director and choreographer Marilyn Klaus, Cocktail Hour: The Show reinvents the glamour and excitement of classic entertainment with an original mix of charismatic choreography, intoxicating music and exquisite costume design. This pop-infused production combines the magnetism of Hollywood’s Golden Age with a sleek twenty-first-century sensibility, capturing the timeless American spirit in a series of witty, sparkling vignettes. It’s high-style fun for all ages to enjoy.

Program highlights include

  • “Singapore Sling” (PREMIERE) — Shimmering sirens glide through an exotic soundscape to paint this haunting fantasy.
  • “Martini” — A dangerous, percussive score sets the stage for this blonde bombshell super-spy, who dodges sharpshooters and stays cool in hot situations.
  • “Brandy Alexander” — Atteeennntion! In the wake of a bold marching band reveille, The Great One arrives with loyal troops in tow, ready to conquer the dance floor.

The Company

Klaus, whose choreography has been seen internationally, formed Ballets with a Twist in association with Grammy-nominated composer Stephen Gaboury and costume designer Catherine Zehr. Her company — hailed for “blasting the boundaries between high art and entertainment” by The Huffington Post — has appeared in a wide range of venues, from Cleveland’s PlayhouseSquare and New York City’s Beacon Theatre to Lincoln Center and the Tribeca Film Festival.

Gaboury’s compositions have been performed by celebrated musicians nationwide. He has collaborated and toured the world with pop/rock icon Cyndi Lauper for more than a decade, and has also shared the stage with legends such as Patti Labelle, Suzanne Vega and Ute Lemper. Gaboury’s music has been heard in concert, on television and in films (including Boyhood and American Beauty).

Zehr is the artistic force behind the company’s costume design. Her creations evoke the origins and essence of each dance with dazzling colors and ornamentation. Zehr honed her skills while working at major American fashion houses, then by designing and manufacturing attire for her own label. She studied art and design at Washington University and New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, where she and the company recently delivered the presentation “Designing Costumes for Ballets with a Twist” as part of The Museum at FIT’s Fashion Culture series.

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