From White Eagle Hall:
Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) brings Cocktail Hour: The Show, by New York City-based company Ballets with a Twist, to White Eagle Hall (337 Newark Avenue) on Sunday, December 16, at 6pm. The Mai Tai, Martini, Manhattan and more come to life in this electrifying cabaret-style engagement, which features live music performed by the company’s own B-Twist Orchestra, an ensemble of internationally acclaimed musicians. Cocktails, mocktails, beer and wine will be available for purchase in the theater throughout the evening.
Tickets are $20-35. Go to whiteeaglehalljc.com, call 201-885-5166, or visit the White Eagle Hall/JCTC Box Offices (337-339 Newark Avenue). For group discounts on purchases of four or more tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For day-of-show student and senior discounts, visit the White Eagle Hall/JCTC Box Offices in person, with ID.
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 performing arts experience 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
- “Mai Tai” — A volcano echoes in the distance as this Hawaiian island princess glides through a tropical paradise.
- “White Russian” — This festive trilogy tells the tale of a wintry royal wedding to the tones of a cinematic piano concerto.
- “Singapore Sling” — Shimmering sirens glide through an exotic soundscape to paint this haunting fantasy.
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 — lauded by The Huffington Post for “blasting the boundaries between high art and entertainment” — has appeared in a wide range of venues throughout the country, from Cleveland’s Playhouse Square and New York City’s Beacon Theatre to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Tribeca Film Festival.
Gaboury’s compositions have been performed by celebrated musicians nationwide. As a pianist, he has collaborated and toured the world with pop/rock icon Cyndi Lauper for more than a decade; has accompanied such artists as Patti Labelle, Norah Jones and Sarah McLachlan; and has performed at internationally televised events such as the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony and the New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop. Gaboury’s music has been heard in concert, on television and in films (including Boyhood and American Beauty).
Zehris 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 delivered the presentation “Designing Costumes for Ballets with a Twist” as part of The Museum at FIT’s Fashion Culture series.
Craving more Twist culture? Visit balletswithatwist.com.
Under Gaboury’s direction, the B-Twist Orchestra has appeared with the company at the Beacon Theatre, the St. George Theatre and other venues in New York City. Collectively, the band’s members have performed with headliners including Elton John, Beyoncé, James Taylor, Miles Davis and Paul Simon, to name only a few; at events ranging from the Kennedy Center Honors and presidential inaugurations to the Grammys; and on television programs such as The Today Show and Good Morning America.
White Eagle Hall is a newly restored and renovated historic theater located in the thriving nightlife scene of Downtown Jersey City, New Jersey. The venue presents live music, theatre, comedy, dance, film, family shows, as well as other performances while serving food and drinks. In addition, White Eagle Hall is a warm and intimate event space perfect for weddings, receptions, private parties, fundraisers, corporate meetings and other functions.
For more information, visit whiteeaglehalljc.com.
Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) arts organization, and manages programming at Merseles Studios and White Eagle Hall. We are committed to inspiring conversations about the important topics of our times through innovative and progressive performing and visual arts that embrace the diversity of Jersey City, bringing its community closer together and enhancing its quality of life.
For more information, visit jctcenter.org.