Down a small set of stairs near the flower vendor on Pike Street, across from the flinging fish and the enticing local fare, lies a tantalizing Seattle secret. A delectable speakeasy, full of erotic whimsy and vintage glamour, this campy cabaret is a provocative experience that will have you coming back for more.
The Can Can Culinary Cabaret in historic Pike Place has cemented itself as my favorite Seattle attraction. It fosters a daring combination of excitement, exclusivity, and sensuality, while still producing a performance that has something for everyone. The bar has a hideaway feel, with smoky glass tiles on the ceiling overhead, you can see ghosts of the city above as you are truly in the Seattle underground. Seated in the dining room, you peruse the menu featuring themed 3-course meals, specialty cocktails, and shareable small plates.
As the show begins, the classic Parisian cancan music plays, and the ladies parade out suddenly into the tiny aisles. The emcee, Jonny Boy, has the roguish smile and intrepid charisma that gives even the most macho audience members’ butterflies. The ladies of the Can Can have the strength, grace, and showgirl dazzle to mesmerize the crowd with a stunning display of leaping and swinging across the stage. The air sparkles with the sequins, sweat, and sensuality of the dancers performing breathtaking movements of flexibility and vigor on the cozy catwalk, so close that you may even get brushed by their feathers. Each performance transitions into the next from dazzling, colorful, and comedic show stoppers into romantic, sultry, passionate embraces that are almost too intimate to watch.
Intermixed with the vivacious dances are racy musical numbers featuring original songs, and crowd pleasing classics like Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The performances are a whirlwind from start to finish, leaving the audience dazzled and delighted. From date night, girl’s night, or even an adventurous work outing, the Can Can Cabaret will open your eyes to the magic right beneath our feet.
After the show we were able to chat with Jonny Boy, or Jonathan Betchtel, the Emcee and co-producer for the show. He wears many hats for the Can Can, and was very happy to share some of his upcoming work. On top of incredible performances and hyping up the crowd, Jonny also welds elaborate metal frames that hypnotically spin on stage during the more romantic routines. In the upcoming Wonderland show, you’ll get to see a dreamy new frame that will have you over the moon. For more of the magic that is the Can Can, you can see the Zombie Cheerleaders from Hell through October 26, This is Halloween at the Triple Door through October 31, or the 4th annual Wonderland winter production starting November 1.
The Can Can Culinary Cabaret
94 Pike St
Seattle WA 98101
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