Of the seemingly endless array of New Year’s Eve options popping off Thursday, one event promises a dazzling visual display, mind-bending and body-contorting performances and a change of entertainment pace from the usual nightclub offerings: “Wonderland.”
Casey Miller and Jason McCombs, experienced organizers for the underground Halloween spectacle Theatre Bizarre, are throwing their inaugural New Year’s Eve bash at Hastings Street Ballroom/Tangent. They promise that by joining them on their fantastic trip into 2010 you will not only witness an incredible stage show, but a party for the ages.
Miller and McCombs debuted “Wonderland,” their adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” at the Russell Industrial Center in the spring. The live show features 30 or so musicians, actors, burlesque dancers and performance artists — connected through their roles in Theatre Bizarre collective.
An art display, titled the Looking Glass Gallery, will be curated by KT Andresky. A quirky, bizarro instrument-performance starring Audra Kubat is lined up and the “Wonderland” themed food-artist wizardry of Sarah Lachowski will be to die for, Miller says.
The main attraction is the show. Starring burlesque queen Roxi D’Lite as Alice, along with a colorful gang of notable Michigan-based performers like Satori Circus, Warrior Girl, Miss Jessica Rabbbit, Pend Suspension and others, the show received rave reviews in the spring. McCombs and Miller hope that a broader, wider scope will follow after New Year’s.
The centerpiece of the stage show is artist John Dunivant’s 12-foot-tall projection-ready book, which will provide evolving story-telling visuals that literally interact with the characters performing in front of it.
The show has original music from the Glass Orphans, a “Wonderland”-specific band led by the Questions’ Drew Bardo and the Electric Lion Soundwave Experiment’s Rabeah Ltief.