Dance hall style attraction Spiegelworld will return to New York for a 15-week summer carnival with its all-new show Empire. Pitching its tent, which features a carnival style bar and speakeasy lounge, at 265 West 45th Street, Spiegelworld's Empire begins previews May 22. Opening night is set for May 31.
Popular across Europe during the early 20th century, the luxurious traveling spiegeltents were used as dance halls and music/cabaret venues, featuring intimate in-the-round seating, ornate wooden panelling, mirrors, stained-glass windows, and velvet-upholstered seating booths. Empire will feature performers like Moondog, Carrot Man, Polka Dot Woman, Rubbish Bag Lady and Lime Green Lady.
Since 2006, Spiegelworld has presented an annual summer season in New York City on Pier 17 at South Street Seaport. Spiegelworld has produced a range of acclaimed shows within the spiegeltent, including Absinthe, La Vie, Late Night Lounge and Desir. Spiegelworld has also toured to Miami South Beach and Melbourne where they were the feature entertainment of the 2009 Australian Open tennis grand slam.