By my side was Michael J. Daniels, a Luxury Real Estate Sales Person from UpNEXT. Neither of us new exactly what to expect although we knew that we had to dress ‘the part’. Mike looked the part of a 1920′s wall street millionaire while I chose the path of an early 20th century socialite who just returned from a South African safari with Ernest Hemingway, himself.
The line to enter grew long, circling around the building long before the show’s 7:30pm start time.
An array of cast members lined the staircase to greet attendees. Each person was given an amazingly crafted cocktail and was instructed to wait in an orderly fashion. Wait for what? None of us knew.
Out of hidden doorways, the seductive cast came out to separate people from their groups. With a soft touch and devilish stare, when an actor grabbed your hand and told you to come hither, you willingly listened.
A woman by the name of Tulie took me. In a dark room, she used a lint brush on my outfit and then made me take a delicious mystery shot.
I was then released into a beautiful atrium where all the attendees were attempting to find their misplaced parties. In the middle of the space was the beautiful Queen of the Night who stood glamorously on stage.
At last, I had been reunited with Mike Daniels. It was not long before him and I were both taken together by one of the actors. I admit, I had been talking up Mike as being a Bruce Lee/Chuck Norris hybrid, but nothing could have prepared me for what would come of such talk.
The actor had strapped Mike into a large spinning ball of torcher. “You can scream ‘stop’ if you want, but please don’t”, the actor belted. And then Mike was spun, faster and faster, so fast that you could not tell that there was a man inside. After 10 seconds they had stopped. Mike screamed out, “Stop!” with a blue face and rolling eyes.
I apologize, friend.
Entering back into the atrium, the actors, servers, and acrobats were busy putting together the dining area. Within the matter of minutes, the open space became a glorious dining room. Incredible.
A performance on the center stage was followed by a feast of lamb, chicken, and salmon. The food was simply out of this world.
After dinner, the performance continued.
The dancing and the skill of all the actors were beyond anything I have ever witnessed. Petite women raised grown men on their shoulders and acrobats contorted their bodies in a way that boggles the mind. The story went from intense, to hot, to very hot, back to intense, and then to calm.
The show evoked feelings that I would have never thought a visual performance could ever do.
The interaction with cast members, the performance, the food, the drinks, everything the top point of utter perfection.
I will certainly be back.