Our writer mom Julie has a review of Teatro ZinZanni’s family friendly show, Big Top Rock: Rock This Way
Teatro ZinZanni’s family friendly show is back in Seattle and showing on select weekends from now until May 22! Have you been to one of their three-hour adult dinner shows? They get rave reviews, but I’ve never see one. So heading into the family show on their opening weekend, I had no idea what to expect beyond it combining kid friendly live rock music and circus acts. Ha!
The minute we stepped into the theatre, we knew we were in for something special. Teatro ZinZanni is housed in two antique theatre tents, known as spiegeltents (mirror tents). They are circular and crafted from dark wood, stained glass, red velvet, and gold brocade. It makes for a magical and cozy setting where there truly are no bad seats!
But the real magic is the show itself. Kids were invited to dance and watch the show from the front and center mosh pit. Our 6-year-old daughter loved it, but our 5-year-old son preferred to sit with us. The show began with The Parkway Boys (the house band) lead by Jen Ayers belting out “I love Rock ‘n’ Roll” and proceeded to play well known hits from Aerosmith, Blondie, David Bowie, and others. Some of the songs featured dancers Victoria Smith, Riley Marshall, Lily Jacobs from All That Dance. There was some comedy sprinkled in between songs. And of course, there were high-flying circus acts by Teatro Zinzanni regulars Duo Madrona, Ling Rui, Max Voronin. It’s such a fun mix of music, dance, comedy, and circus, you really have to see it to believe it!
The show is one hour (no intermission) of high-energy entertainment that our entire family enjoyed (even my hard to please husband!).
Here’s the details: Doors open at 10:00, show starts at 11:00. Seating is general admission, so I suggest getting there early. There’s a parking garage across the street, but if you’re lucky you might score street parking. The show is 60 minutes long. Tickets are $25 for chairs that are close to the action, and $20 for booth seating.
Teatro ZinZanni is located at 222 Mercer Street (Mercer Street at 3rd Avenue) near the Seattle Center.
If you go, let us know what you think! More information and tickets here. Shows run through May 22nd.
Disclosure: Our writer was provided with tickets to facilitate this review. Neither she nor the site were otherwise compensated by this production or venue.