Queen of the Night

  • Theater
  • Circuses & magic
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Photograph: Matteo Prandoni
The Queen of the Night
Photograph: Matteo Prandoni
The Queen of the Night
Photograph: Matteo Prandoni
The Queen of the Night
Photograph: Matteo Prandoni
The Queen of the Night
Photograph: Matteo Prandoni
The Queen of the Night
Photograph: Matteo Prandoni
The Queen of the Night
Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel , Midtown West Until Saturday December 31 2016

Queen of the Night.Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel (see Off Broadway). By Randy Weiner. Directed by Christine Jones. With ensemble cast. Running time: 3hrs. No intermission.

Queen of the Night: In brief

Nightlife impresario Randy Weiner refashions the old Diamond Horseshoe Nightclub (below the Paramount Hotel) into a wild hotchpotch of food, drink, circus, theater and dance. The cast of 33, directed by Tony-winning designer Christine Jones, includes Katherine Crockett as the ball's hostess and Steve Cuiffo as a magician.

Queen of the Night: Theater review by Adam Feldman

Divine decadence is on the table at Queen of the Night, an almost absurdly deluxe dinner-circus-nightlife experience by immersive-theater king Randy Weiner. Set in the Paramount Hotel’s gorgeously refurbished Diamond Horseshoe nightclub—shuttered since 1951—the show takes the form of a grand party held by the Marchesa (Katherine Crockett, an elegant dancer). Designed and directed by Christine Jones, it borrows vague themes from The Magic Flute; there is also a continual swirl of circus elements by Shana Carroll, of the neocirque troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main (several alums of which are in the ensemble).

Attractive performers take you aside for interactive micro-adventures; lissome acrobats perform on the very banquettes at which you feast on things like lobster and suckling pig. It’s not unlike a cruise-ship version of Eyes Wide Shut, but in a pleasantly indulgent way. If it rarely seems quite like theater, it is certainly immersive: This is how it might feel to be a strawberry dipped in chocolate.

THE BOTTOM LINE A glamorous atmosphere steals the show.

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Venue name: Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel
Address: 235 W 46th St
Cross street: between Seventh and Eighth Aves
Transport: Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority; N, Q, R to 49th St
Price: $160–$195, premium $230–$550
Event website: http://queenofthenightnyc.com

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lily r

I have been to Queen of the Night twice now and it is an incredible, unique experience. This show takes immersive theater to an entirely new level - they manage to include the entire audience in the show while still telling a story with their performance. I have also been to Sleep No More and I think QOTN is much better. The performers are incredibly talented; their skills are literally mind-blowing. They're also very friendly and even hung around for the after party and interacted with guests, which was very cool. The space is also visually stunning and interesting with amazing detail. Everything is theatrical - even when they serve dinner. The food is delicious (as are the drinks). The cast also encourages audience members to interact, which is a lot of fun. The entire experience has the vibe of a night out. I will definitely be planning my third visit soon!