by Louise, Director of Operations
I remember when going to the theater meant getting dressed up and feeling fancy all evening. Lately it seems like everyone just shows up to the theater in whatever they were wearing that day. If, like me, you long for the days when it was more of an “event” to go to the theater, than I have the show for you, and it is Queen of the Night, the new immersive theater experience from the creators of Sleep No More.
The NYG staff went to Queen of the Night as a group, and it was a fantastic staff outing but would also be wonderful for a group of friends or a date night (the show is not for children though, so leave the kids at home). The fun started well before we even left our office as we changed out of our dreary business clothes and into evening finery. There’s nothing like an excuse to get dressed up on a Wednesday night!
Once we got to the Paramount Hotel, host of Queen of the Night, we enjoyed delicious cocktails and appetizers in the lobby bar before heading down to the venue space, named the Diamond Horseshoe. The actors and hosts for the evening will draw you into the fun whether or not you’ve already had a cocktail, but if you’ve chosen to abstain thus far, never fear – you are offered a welcome cocktail or glass of champagne upon your arrival. I chose the delectable signature cocktail named The Queen’s Bush – vodka, lemon juice, and toasted rosemary. It was the perfect aperitif to sip while entering the crowded ballroom where the main event takes place. We joined the throng of people watching the fascinating dancing, including a mysterious figure on the central platform who we took to be the Queen herself, until all of a sudden the performers began tossing each other the chairs that were stacked in an unruly-looking pile at the front of the room. In almost no time, the ballroom transformed into a banquet hall before our eyes, and we all took off to choose our seats.
Throughout the evening we witnessed incredible acrobatics, juggling, dancing, magic, and romance – often times action occurs just a foot or two in front of you. I’m told you may be selected by a cast member to enter a secret room, though alas I was not chosen – all the more incentive to return for a second round. The story of the evening is loosely based on Mozart’s Magic Flute, but I urge you not to worry too much about following a plot and rather just relax and let the evening wash over you.
It’s not just about watching the performance, of course. Throughout the evening we were served generous decanters of wine, bowls of salad, and baguettes and each table in the hall was brought either a rack of short ribs, a basket of lobsters, or an entire suckling pig. Attendees are urged to barter with other tables to get a little of everything. There is also a full bar available should you require more cocktails.
Upon the conclusion of the evening, the entire audience was invited to get up and join in a final dance, which nearly everyone in the room did. Those who remained seated were drawn up by members of the cast until the whole room was filled with twirling revelry. In our increasingly isolated world, it was a beautiful sight to behold.
If you are interested in Queen of the Night packages including a stay at the Paramount Hotel, please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t wait to send you on your own adventure!