Is it a party? Maybe. Is it a club? Close. Is it a musical? Sort of.
It’s not easy describing "The Donkey Show." What it is, its William Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night's Dream" played out on the Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House stage, which is transformed into a nightclub for guests to live their own fabulous disco fantasy. From the moment you are on line to get in, “Mauricio the Doorman” is already giving you the infamous "club door" treatment but allows you through the velvet ropes and onto the show.
The sounds of the best of '70s disco lure you in as the DJ plays hit after hit after hit. Go-go dancers, dancing queens and all these club characters welcome you to what is a club complete with a full bar and VIP tables. Once the show gets started, you will realize you have been in the show all along. The story moves to the lyrics of the music and theatrics seem to happen at all corners of "the club." Watch from the sidelines or be part of the show, chances are, something will happen right in front of you or with you. (Story continues below.)
Trying to follow the story while doing the hustle gets tricky but once you stop worrying about that, you start to have fun. Once the story is over, the DJ welcomes you to stay and dance as I found myself doing alongside KC of KC and the Sunshine Band.
“It’s a perfect fit," the Miami native shared. "We originated that sound, so to come to the AAC right here on this stage, the largest production they’ve ever had on this stage, to celebrate the timeliness of that music is just great.”
Starting Sunday, August 5, KC will be hosting Sunshine Sundays and maybe you too can boogie, oogie, oogie with the legend himself.
And if you want to know why they call it "The Donkey Show," you’ll have to see it for yourself.
Dance floor tickets are priced from $45-$60 on Fridays and Saturdays and VIP seats from $60-$75 (18 and up only), and a $10 discount is available to those purchasing tickets to the first 5 preview performances, July 13 to 15. Grab tickets online or through the Arsht Center box office at 305-949-6722. -- Jipsy
WATCH: Behind the scenes of "The Donkey Show":