The temperature continues to rise in Seattle and nowhere is it more apparent than at the city’s hottest themed dance show “Ice Cream” at Can Can Kitchen and Cabaret (playing now through Oct. 1). The original doo-wop production features memorable performances by the professional dancers of the Can Can Company with an equally hot market fresh menu of seasonal dishes and cocktails straight from acclaimed Chef John Gilbert.
Can Can is situated underneath the world-famous Pike Place Market and has been now for nearly 10 years, but locals are still discovering the venue to this day. And for good reason! Can Can keeps their programming fresh and exciting – a smattering of the senses at every turn. Walk into the intimate setting and instantly be transformed to Paris at the turn of the 20th century – think Moulin Rouge with speedos.
Can Can choreographer Fae Phalen is a Cornish grad and former Seagal who approaches each new production collaboratively with the dancers in the company, working to play up new themes for each show.
“We have a very unique space to work within for our shows – it is an ongoing effort for us to push forward artistically within our space and to be inventive with how we use it, making changes with each new show we produce,” Phalen commented. “We are very excited that with ‘Ice Cream’ we will be introducing new video mapping technologies that integrates with the choreography and costuming, as opposed to just using video as a backdrop. Featuring a vast array of music spanning from original works, rearranged/remixed classics by production duo Pink + Pezzner to local band Manatee Commune, there are newly designed set pieces, and a performance apparatus that will bring our dancers even closer to the audience. So close you’ll smell the glitter!”
Can Can’s “Ice Cream” is an 80’s lovers dream come true. The numbers invoke memories of Grease, Cry Baby, Hairspray, and other classics. Audience participation is a must, but don’t worry – the cast will personally select each person so there’s no need to fight over stage time. Everyone will get a turn at the proverbial throne.
The kitchen menu includes sly dishes like Can Can’s Spicy Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Seared Cajun Yellowtail Tuna, Tenderloin Poutine and Wild Mushroom Ravioli. Seasonal craft cocktails include a Mr. Pink, named after Can Can artistic director Chris Pink who has recently been named Mayor of Pike Place Market, or a Cowboy Cola made with bourbon, lemon, sarsaparilla simple syrup, with a rhubarb amaro float.
To allow everyone to appreciate the enjoyment of “Ice Cream,” Can Can is also producing an all ages appropriate matinee production of the show, which will play on the weekends only – kids and families welcome. For these Magnificent Matinees, the brunch menu is offered, featuring more locally sourced dishes like the Ellenos Parfait, Egg Sandwich with Beecher’s cheddar, three benedicts, and more.
The complete dinner show cast features: Jonny Boy, Le Minx, Neon Keon, Fair Elise, Baby Kate, and Sugar Shay. The complete brunch show cast features: Tom Tom the Phenomenon, Joel from Personnel, Lindy Lou, Alissa Bliss, and Legs Benedict.