Monday, July 10, 2017|2 a.m.
. It isn’t simple putting on an out-of-the-box program in Las Vegas, but things fell into place well for Alice: A Steampunk Concert Dream. Vocalist, dancer, starlet and producer Anne Martinez says she was preparing to reword and revise parts of the show– an original musical performed in the past at Vinyl and Brooklyn Bowl– when the program was forced to take a short hiatus anyhow.
“Among my co-singers was pregnant when we finished the last program at Brooklyn Bowl, and it really exercised well so they might take pleasure in that pregnancy,” Martinez says. “I wanted to compose some elements of the program, modification and include some music, and I needed time to do that. We’re always changing and growing and putting things away, and it was a great time to obtain in there and do that, and after that once we were prepared to go again it worked out due to the fact that Ashley [Fuller]’s infant was a little older now.”
It just so took place that when Alice was prepared for the phase, the entertainment execs at Station Casinos came calling. “I got a call from Red Rock and they were really interested and enthusiastic,” Martinez states. “They are so expert and really ingenious there, and our conference was so interesting. They’re extremely forward believing in how they wish to entertain their audience.”
The outcome is Alice taking control of the Rocks Lounge at Summerlin’s Red Rock Resort on the 2nd Monday night of every month, starting July 10. (You find ticket details here. The show is based on the writings of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, spiced up with initial plans of precious pop and rock hits performed by the nine-piece BBR band along with Martinez, Fuller, April Leopardi, Eric Morgan, Adolfo Barreto and Jeffrey DeBarathy. Martinez and choreographer Ryan Kelsey work as co-directors.
“There’s a lot of new music, brand-new choreography and all-new costuming that makes the design of this [version] unique and various,” Martinez says. “It was initially developed with this neo-Victorian, steampunk ambiance, and we have actually gone much further with that, truly pushing the limits of the dream of producing this world. We actually want the audience to seem like they’re in this crazy wonderland along with to appreciate these characters and where they’re going.”
The Rocks Lounge is among the more intimate places Alice has visited, and Martinez says the production is really taking over the place. “That space is already extremely prepare and set up type of funky, so we went bananas with the design. It’s very much breaking the fourth wall, with things occurring all around the audience.”
With Monday nights on the schedule, the program will probably continue to draw an industry crowd. Martinez, who also performs in Baz: Star Crossed Love at the Venetian, is relying on it. “Everyone in the neighborhood here is so helpful of each other and each other’s tasks,” she says. “Alice has truly been like our kid. We’ve committed a lot time and love to it, and [the audience] has actually been very excited to see what we have actually finished with it and exactly what changes we’ve made. There’s a lot entertainment here throughout the weekend and all of us are constantly working, so Monday night is ideal for everybody.”