ALICE A Steampunk Concert Fantasy Review – Updated!


Alice Goes Through The Looking Glass in Las Vegas

Last summer, I experienced a show that combined three of my favorite things in the world: Alice In Wonderland, musical theater and Las Vegas. I reviewed ALICE A Steampunk Concert Fantasy then (spoiler alert- I liked it). But this is now! I saw the show again last month, and there are so many new and exciting changes, an updated review is definitely in order.

First, let’s talk about what hasn’t changed. ALICE is still a rock opera featuring inspired classic and contemporary song choices you know and love. The plot still involves Alice falling down the rabbit hole and encountering her looking-glass twin Ecila, as well as more traditional Wonderland characters such as the Caterpillar and Cheshire Cat. The bulk of the singing is still done by Anne Martinez (Alice) and Ashley Fuller (Ecila), and they still blow the doors off the joint. If you listen carefully, you can probably hear them through these photographs. That’s how powerful their voices are, people!!!

steampunk Alice in Wonderland

Alice lands in Wonderland.

 

Ashley Fuller performs in Alice

That’s Ecila. DO NOT TRUST HER.

One of the highlights of the show continues to be a mind-blowingly athletic pas de deux by April Leopardi as The Duchess and Ryan Kelsey as The Red Knight. Plates are thrown. Our camera’s sports mode was no match for these two; every photo of their dance was a complete blur, save these dramatic moments at the beginning and end.

The Duchess and The Red Knight

Stuff’s about to get real.

dramaticmoment from Alice A Steampunk Concert Fantasy

What’d I tell you?

Other familiar faces I was pleased to see again: ALICE makeup artist extraordinaire Adolfo Baretto doing double duty as The White Rabbit…

Adolfo Baretto

“It was the White Rabbit returning, splendidly dressed.”

Gifted dancer Claudia Mitria as The Caterpillar enticing everyone to smoke the hookah…

Claudia Mitria is The Caterpillar

The hookah is out in the middle of the audience, by the way.

Eric Morgan as The White Knight remains impressive every minute he is on stage. Here he is ready to rock out with Alice and The Red Knight.

Alice A Steampunk Concert Fantasy rocks

The goggles are just for effect, not for safety. It’s not like a Gallagher show.

So what was different about ALICE this time around? The costumes have evolved, due in no small part to the influence of the show’s new Cheshire Cat, Jeffrey DeBarathy!

Alice A Steampunk Concert Fantasy cheshire cat

Grinning, natch.

During a post-show chat, Anne (Alice) explained to me how challenging it is to create convincing steampunk costumes that are lightweight enough to withstand rigorous choreography and aerial arts. (Did I mention there are aerials now? There’s aerials now.) She said that Jeffrey wears steampunk clothes in real life, so he was an obvious choice to join the costume team in addition to being a fabulous addition to the cast. I got a chance to talk with Jeffrey after the show, and he’s a super chill, down-to-earth guy.

Jeffrey DeBarathy remains in character

Yup. Nothing unusual about him at all.

Another change to the show’s lineup: The Red Queen, previously portrayed by a rotating roster of guest stars, is now permanently the domain of Vegas dance veteran Lora Kelsey. Lora doesn’t make her entrance until late in the show, and when she does, she absolutely brings the house down. Probably because she pole dances on stilts. You heard me.

Lora Kelsey in Alice A Steampunk Concert Fantasy

She pole dances.

 

Steampunk Red Queen Alice in Wonderland

On stilts.

Lastly, ALICE has a new venue! She now resides ON The Strip at the Brooklyn Bowl, which is part of The Linq entertainment district. Upcoming 2016 dates are May 17 and June 14. The show starts at 11PM, but you’ll want to get there at 10PM for the pre-show, in which multi-talented Vegas performers give their interpretations of various Wonderland and Looking-Glass characters.

I am clearly a big fan of ALICE A Steampunk Concert Fantasy. It is a tight production teeming with accomplished performers, and it’s a Sin City bargain at $30 ($20 for locals!). Hopefully it will land a more regular schedule soon so that more Vegas visitors can be dazzled by A Mad Tea-Party…

Alice A Steampunk Concert Fantasy Mad Tea Party

They’re singing Mad World, swoon!

The Queen’s Croquet Ground…

Alice A Steampunk Concert Fantasy Queen's Croquet Ground

That IS how you’ve always pictured The Queen’s Croquet Ground, right?

And this immensely talented cast!

Cast of Alice A Steampunk Concert Fantasy

I swear, Cheshire Cat ALWAYS knows where the camera is!

Have you seen ALICE? What did you think?

p.s. Seeing ALICE on stage is a perfect ending to a day full of Alice in Wonderland in Las Vegas, check it out!


About Heather Haigha

Heather Haigha is your intrepid guide for all adventures under ground, through the looking glass, down the rabbit hole and sometimes even real life! Read her whimsical musings on the Alice Is Everywhere blog, and hear the melodious sound of her voice on the Alice is Everywhere podcast.

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