Step back into a time where glitz and glamour reign supreme, and the entertainment takes place both on stage and off! Returning from a trip abroad, the larger-than-life Christine Deaver as Penelope Wilde spins tall tales from her exotic travels to the Seven Seas. As the staff dreams big, two star-crossed lovers find magic in the air, hoops spin, ballerinas dance, the chef longs for a 5 star review, and Master of the House, Cunio of Postmodern Jukebox, pulls you in with his powerhouse vocals. A Night Like This is filled with classic elegance, show stopping entertainment, and mouthwatering bites wrapped in an evening so enchanting you may never want to leave!
A Night Like This
September 12, 2019 through February 16, 2020
About the Cast
Christine Deaver is a mixed-race actor is a mixed-race artist, actor, singer, writer, director and voiceover talent. The daughter of a Mexican-Philippina-Spanish mother and a French-German-English-Irish father, her diverse background has fueled the plethora of unique and zany characters that she has created with Teatro ZinZanni since 2001. Christine was last seen in ZinZanni in the production of Hollywood and Vine. She has worked extensively in theater, film and television in Los Angeles and abroad and is a recipient of numerous Garland, Ovation and LA Weekly awards for her work in the theater. She has written and performed several one woman shows and has toured them across North America, Asia, Europe, and Mexico. Christine recently performed in The Porn Awards – The Musical, in Las Vegas and NYC and her most recent cabaret shows Showgirl and Hermosa Y Fabulosa. Showgirl is the title of her solo CD and you can conveniently purchase that in the boutique here at TZ. Fancy that!
Described as the “spawn of Freddie Mercury & Janis Joplin” Cunio comes to Teatro ZinZanni directly from a critically acclaimed run as the White Rabbit in Company XIV’s Queen of Hearts. He’s featured vocalist & MC for Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox and his debut video Video Killed the Radio Star has received over a million views on YouTube. Cunio gained national attention as the “electrifying wailer” in the PBS retro-rock group Under the Streetlamp and his “gloriously gritty” solo album Back Alley Soul debuted at #6 on iTunes R&B/Soul charts. Select stage roles include Corny Collins/Hairspray (Broadway) Tommy DeVito/Jersey Boys (Nat’l Tour) Pilate/Jesus Christ Superstar (Lyric Opera of Chicago) and he is an Ovation Award winner for Reefer Madness (world premiere). Regionally, he has starred at American Repertory Theater, Arkansas Rep, North Shore Music Theatre, and The Kennedy Center. @Cunio4
Rui has been performing and training in the circus arts since he was very young. At the age of 10 he joined the Flag Circus of China where he traveled worldwide. In 2000, he joined Cirque du Soleil’s “Dralion” and toured North America and Europe for five years. In 2006, Rui joined another Cirque production “Delirium” with his straps act. He presented his act and received numerous prestigious awards including the gold medal at the Wuhan International Acrobatic Arts Festival. Rui was also a finalist of “Amazing Chinese” TV show. In 2010 ¡Caliente! marked the debut of his straps act with Teatro ZinZanni, since then he has worked three years on and off with TZ. In his off-stage time, Rui is focusing on transition into Artistic Direction most recently he finished a world class aquatic production in China by Franco Dragone as Assistant Artistic Director.
Enchanting, mesmerizing and sensuous, Vita Radionova defies the laws of physics with her contortion and hula hoop performances around the world. After graduating from the legendary Circus School of Kiev in 1999, Vita has since performed her elegant and sensual act at some of the finest venues in Europe, including Germany’s Apollo Varieté, GOP Varieté, and Palazzo as well as Circus Salto Natale. In 2015, Vita was a featured contestant on America’s Got Talent Season 10 and made it to the quarter finals. Adding in some Las Vegas magic, Vita worked as assistant magician to David Goldrake at Imaginarium playing at the Tropicana. After performing as featured artist in the 2003 Tiger Lilies circus tour throughout Europe, Ukrainian born Vita Radionova made her North American debut at Teatro ZinZanni in 2004. She is excited to return to Seattle to debut her new act.
Ben Wendel and Rachel Nehmer met as biology students at Haverford College. After a successful stint as lab partners, the couple decided to test out their chemistry on a trapeze suspended from a madrone tree. Duo Madrona created their duet at Seattle’s School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA), and made their debut at the 2006 Moisture Festival. In the years following they have logged thousands of performances across the US and Europe, including the 29th Festival du Cirque de Demain, Circus Flora, Tigerpalast Variete, Palazzo, Circus Monti, Circus Syzygy, Flynn Creek Circus and an appearance on French television with Patrick Sebastien’s “Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde”. Ben and Rachel have been exploring the rich theatrical universe of Teatro ZinZanni since 2009. From monster to mayor, from scientist to chorus girl, to falling down the rabbit hole and ending up in the same Alice dress, the duo has brought to life a wide variety of memorable characters. In real life, Ben and Rachel are based in Seattle and are proud parents of two kids, Dylan and June.
Nathan & Isis
Originally from London; Nathan and Isis have been working together for over a decade, and have travelled the world performing with companies like Cirque du Soleil, The 7 Fingers and La Soiree as well as being regulars in London’s exciting and vibrant cabaret scene.
They’ve brought their unique choreography, death-defying acrobatic technique and what they call ‘a bit of cheeky British charm’ to theaters and events across the globe.
They’re beyond excited to be swapping their ‘London-Rainy-Days-Umbrellas’ for their ‘Seattle-rainy-days-umbrellas’ and can’t wait to get started!
For 24 years Ariana performed with the Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB). Born and raised in California, Ariana received a scholarship to the PNB School before joining the company as an apprentice in 1987. The following year she was promoted to corps de ballet, became a soloist in 1993, and was named principal in 1994. Ariana toured with PNB both nationally and internationally. She performed the role of Hippolyta in the 1999 film version of PNB production of Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream filmed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. Her performances won numerous accolades including being featured on the cover of Dance Magazine. Her final PNB bow came in June 2011. Ariana’s ZinZanni career began in September 2011 and includes roles in Bonsoir Liliane!, Dinner at Wotan’s, Hacienda Holiday, Be Italian!, Hollywood and Vine, and four children’s shows. She was assistant choreographer for On The Air and choreographer for Return of Chaos, Hollywood Nights, Hotel L’Amour, Welcome to Wonderland, Love, Chaos & Dinner, Decadent Delights (which she also co-directed) and the children shows Curious Circus, Dream On and Lighter Than Air. Ariana is elated to return to the center ring in the newest ZinZanni production of A Night Like This.