By Kevin Collison
Quixotic, Kansas City’s premier blend of acrobatic grace and theatrical verve, is returning to Crown Center this weekend for what the troupe hopes will be a series of open-air performances.
The “Twilight Soiree” rooftop variety show will be performed on the fourth level sports deck at the Westin Crown Center, an outdoor space that offers a view of the downtown skyline and can accommodate about 150 socially-distant patrons.
The show already is sold out for its first performances today and tomorrow, but tickets are on sale for the Aug. 28-29 shows, said Anthony Magliano, creative director.
He said the approximately 70-minute show, which features a dozen performers, intends to give people something to smile about after enduring months of being cooped up by the Covid pandemic.
“We recognize people need to get their mind off the day-to-day, it’s been hard,” Magliano said.
“This show is whimsical, hopeful fun that celebrates humanity…Art heals, we really believe that. We want to do what we can do as artists to give people a chance to come out and forget everything.”
A short promotional video can be seen here.
This is not the first time Quixotic has set up camp at Crown Center. Last fall and winter, the troupe performed weekend performances of “Sensatia” at the former American Heartland Theatre that sold 10,300 tickets during its six-month run.
Magliano said the outdoor performances will be more colorful than the cabaret show last year with live music and the troupe’s dazzling aerial acrobatics.
“People can expect a show that’s all about getting them to smile,” he said.
Twilight Soiree is a partnership with the Westin, which will handle the logistics for the show and run the bar. Patrons will be required to wear a mask entering the hotel, but can shed them when outside for the performance.
There will be table service for drinks, and the seating will be distributed to assure a healthy environment.
“We’re doing everything we can to stress that this is a very safe experience,” Magliano said.
The performances are at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $50, $60 and $75. Right now, the duration of the show’s run beyond August will be decided on a weekly basis. Anyone interested in attending should check the website for the latest updates.
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