La Soiree is leaving town. The internationally acclaimed live circus-cabaret, which is playing at off-Broadway's Union Square Theatre, will shutter May 11. It will have played 10 previews and 200 regular performances at time of closing.
Created by Brett Haylock, La Soiree combines cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety in one seductive setting. The evening features a rotating cast of over 20 artists, including Stephen "Bath Boy" Williams, The English Gents, Mario, the Queen of the Circus and Ursula Martinez.
La Soiree first appeared in New York in 2006 under the title Absinthe: Les Artistes de La Clique. Subsequent versions of Absinthe shows were inspired by the original production but did not have any of the same creative or production team. Since its inaugural production in London at the South Bank, La Soiree has played Australia, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. It is set to play an engagement May 15 to 25 at the Polo Circo International Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina and there are future plans for the show to play other South American countries including Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico.