Did you miss “The Enchanted Organ” on its first outing, you unfortunate souls? Or did you catch the preview performance two years back, and are now eagerly awaiting the next installment? Either way, you are in luck. Following up its two sold-out nights at Dixon Place in 2012, “The Enchanted Organ” takes to the stage again this September 4th with a night of opera-burlesque cabaret. Producer Sarah Mostov–aka Sarah Screams–performed the role of the Soprano Fluffer and made a memorable cameo appearance as Zombina, the coked-up starlet, in the premiere of Act One. Now she is reuniting with her fellow cast members as part of an evening’s entertainment titillatingly titled “OPEROTICA.”
Alt-opera diva Sarah Screams has pioneered her unique blend of classical opera and burlesque performance art at underground venues and series throughout New York City, including Slipper Room, Webster Hall, Brooklyn Burlesque, and many more. Now the conservatory-trained soprano is bringing opera burlesque to Drom on the Lower East Side. The evening will begin with a set of burlesque and variety numbers starring Sarah and her talented friends, including Dangrr Doll, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Topher Bousquet, and Matt Dallow. The second half of the evening will feature a set drawn from The Enchanted Organ, with the original cast. We’ll reprise some crowd-pleasing numbers from Act One, including the infamous “casting couch: scene, and also offer a sneak peek at all-new material from Act Two. The entire program will be hosted by boylesk performer, nightlife impresario, and porn actor Chris “Go-Go” Harder. Incidentally, Harder is an Enchanted Organ alumnus too- he masterminded the burlesque choreography and costumes for the Dixon Place production.
Sarah sees it as her mission to keep opera alive by introducing it to young and non-traditional audiences who may think of it as a stuffy, old-fashioned, or elitist art form. Those familiar only with the stereotypes of fat ladies singing and Wagnerian Viking helmets are about to discover how fresh, edgy, and relevant opera can be- and always has been. In fact, although “Opera Burlesque” sounds like some newfangled cross-over genre, opera and burlesque have been kissing cousins since the Victorian era, when legend has it that 19th Century chorus girls from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden would finish their opera, take off their outer clothes and in their corsets and drawers travel by carriage to Wilton’s Music Hall in the disreputable East End of London to sing their arias to the vaudeville loving public. Regardless of its exact origins, the spoofing of Grand Opera for a broad cross-section of the public was an enormously popular form of entertainment throughout the nineteenth century. Now, in the twenty-first century, it is enjoying a revival. In days to come, we’ll be writing more about opera burlesque and its curious history– and about the fresh new faces that are giving it a new lease on life. Meanwhile, we invite you to be a part of that revival: come out to Drom on September 4th, relax with a cocktail or two, and discover the music, mischief, and mayhem that is OPEROTICA.
SHOW DEATILS: Thursday, September 4, 2014, 9:30pm
DROM, 85 Avenue A (between 5th and 6th Streets)
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at door
To purchase tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/613059