Teatro Zinzanni brings the talents of two Tony stars to its current production: Bonsoir Liliane. Tommy Tune, Texas-born, Tony-winning, director/choreographer and Liliane Montevecchi, living legend and diva partner up for the revival of the show that revisits some of the highs of Montevecchi's career.
Zinzanni marketing has pushed Tommy Tune's involvement with the show, as his name is widely recognized, but to the detriment of its true star. The direction in this production is negligible when it's not haphazard and abrupt. Montevecchi, however, fills the circus-tent space with her charisma, charm, and amazing stage presence. Local actors should see this show if only to study a master in the art of stage presence. She brings the panache and finesse of a bygone era to live performance, recalling the greats who relied on more than pyrotechnics and a killer sound system to charm an audience.
The performance plays on the idea of train travel, hitting three locations in Montevecchi's past career: Paris, Moscow, and Bombay. The "cirque" performances that typically make up most of Zinzanni's entertainment are minimized to leave more time for classy performances by Liliane and dancers. The slapstick, audience involvement comedy continues under the direction and improvisational brilliance of the show's host, Kevin Kent.
The menu is a delicious five-course designed by Executive Chef Erik Carlson. It is somewhat below the haute cuisine standards of Zinzanni with the exception of a potage au potiron that is fantastic! The dessert, however, severely disappoints as it is little more than the innards of an apple pie slopped into a bowl.
Zinzanni continues to be about glitz, flamboyant glamour, and an all-round good time grounded in a feast for the senses. Bonsoir Liliane is a magical show that suits Zinzanni's tradition of spectacle and enchantment.
Come for the fun, be mesmerized by one of the greats (in person!), stay for the food, and leave with your cheeks aching from laughter. That is a night at this magical Seattle favorite!