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TONIGHT – a vibrant spectacle – The Show at King King

The Show at King King solo

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Like a dream rising from the hustle bustle of the Hollywood streets and laden with spectacle and soul, Los Angeles stepped out last night in full regalia in the form of a show simply called The Show.

Review by Lucy Griffin

Outside the throbbing pulse of the cars and streets were the veins of the city and inside King King last night was its blood and heart.  The heartbeat of Los Angeles brought to you by Sascha Escandon and Carolina Cerisola (who also brought me to tears over the sheer shaking of her magnificent derrière).

Imagine being in a room so alive with the vibrant excitement of life that each gesture, each flick of a wrist or graceful point of a toe might make you weep with joy.

The Show at King King en pointe

Last night spectators united with the performers, all hearts pumping to the beat of the invigorating music.  The audience was swaying as one in marvel at the limitless talent unfolding like a geographical picture book right in front of our lucky eyes.  Dancers pounding their soles on the floors as if translating stories through each step, each spin, each life”¦  Singers and musicians moving us through the magic of music”¦

Each act was stunning, but I must mention the guttural bravado of Miss Rocio Mendoza who stood atop the bar like a possessed messenger of the truth and sang the most powerful rendition of a ranchera song that I have ever heard.  I also have to mention the Capoeira dancers whose god-like bodies and powerful movement introduced the hottest fire that has ever burned a stage; samba master Morena Santos.

Vanessa Albalos captivated the room with her genius flamenco routine.  Everything was superb, from the cabaret beauties shining like glittering light bulbs to the MCs whose narration set the perfect tone for the night of celebration.

The Show”™s backbone was the ever-so-tight live band that guided the performers to usher us on this journey.  Thank you Carolina and Sascha for this joyous show and if I haven”™t made it clear get down to King King tonight for its FINAL (but hopefully not for good, with any luck this show will have extended life) performance.  Also a shout out to Mario Melendez for co-producing this and other shows like it at King King, which is a venue worth checking out.

The Show at King King photo by Sandra Simon

The Show

King King Nightclub

6555 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, 90028

(323) 960-5765

Performances:

Last night is TONIGHT

Running time 1 hr 15 minutes

Tickets $20.00

Purchase here or at the door TONIGHT!

Pauline Adamek
Pauline Adamek
Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.

3 Comments

  1. Libertad says:

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    Thank you for this review! This show sounds amazing, and it is just the type of venue I have been looking for in this city. This city is filled with so much raw talent and 90% of this talent isn’t working regularly so where do they hang out and or perform? I will most definitely be checking this out this evening.

    Being a New Yorker, this seems like the type of underground show I miss about New York!! Thanks again and great review!

  2. Natanel edelson says:

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    I have seen this crew’s work before at the summer show at King King.
    It is TRULY amazing, everyone should enjoy this tonight!!!
    Last time I was so mesmerized that I forgot to sip my beer for the whole time and had a full beer in my hand at the end!

  3. Sharyn Sambrick says:

    Yes!!!