Here in New York City, there is so much talk of the ‘in the know’ and other words to describe the underground world that rocks beneath the surface in our city where we can all hide in plain sight. While we are not referring to a hidden celebrity hangout or some random door to enter a club where you need a membership, we are here to tell you about an event that focuses on the underground in the most literal sense of the word. As with most events that we fly below the surface, it isn’t easy to get in. It could be because Andrew Ousley is at the helm and produces magic with everything he touches. This is no different.
In his debut as Director, Ousley brings you Tiergarten. This is another installment of his Death of Classical series. However, this one has a twist. It’s Andrew’s first-ever immersive cabaret event, taking place April 17-19 at the Great Hall under St. Mary’s Church on the Lower East Side. The event is presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall and is sure to be one of his wildest shows yet, transporting you all to 1920s Berlin for a singular musical and theatrical experience, complete with period-themed food, speakeasy-approved drinks and enough vintage clothing to make a flapper flip (if that doesn’t suck you in, we don’t know what will).
Guided by the host and Master of Ceremonies, the one and only Kim David Smith (The New York Times hailed him as the “male Marlene Dietrich”), the program will trace a path backwards in time, exploring historic moments of societal madness via music ranging from Cher to Verdi, Dean Martin to Max Richter, William Byrd to Brecht & Weill. Music will be provided by the great swing band The Grand Street Stompers – “pillars of New York’s Hot Jazz scene,” once again according to The New York Times – and Kim will be joined by a parade of other musicians, actors, dancers, shadow puppetry, and more.
This is a new venue for this team, and they will have several seating options for the show – all of which include food, wine, beer and cider in the ticket price. First, there are Premium, Orchestra, and Mezzanine tables, which come with four seats per table (so you can either stretch out or bring three friends!) and a complimentary bottle of champagne, and then there are general admission bench seating further back.
However, you choose to experience this, you will not be disappointed. Andrew would not do that to you.
For more information and tickets, visit deathofclassical.com.