Frolicking with the Ziegfeld Girls – An Immersive Theatre Experience

I witnessed a murder last Thursday — or maybe an accidental poisoning. It depends on which versions of events you believe. But I saw it (both versions) with my own eyes.

Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic is immersive theater, based on the mysterious 1920 death of Ziegfeld Follies showgirl turned silent movie star,  Olive Thomas. The show, by playwright & director Cynthia von Buhler, is very well choreographed and designed and is delightful to be part of. And you do become part of the cast, with a small role being given to you as you enter the Liberty Theater on W42nd Street. Many attendees even dress in period outfits, and you can buy specialty drinks and even enjoy a dinner before the show. Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic runs through June 6. You can get tickets here.

If you haven’t heard of the Liberty Theater, it’s because this Beaux-Arts theater hasn’t seen a full blown theater production since 1933. It was renovated in 2011 to it’s near-original charm and sits behind the Liberty Diner as if it’s a speakeasy from days gone by.

I photographed the show last week for Ms. von Buhler and came away with some great images of the show. Here are several, with more on my website:

Tech notes: Shot with my Nikon D800 with either a Nikkor 80mm f/1.4G lens and a Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8. ISO between 1600-3200 depending on lighting (all images where shot under the house lights). Shutter speed between 1/160-1/250 sec.; aperture around f/2.8-3.2, again dependent on light quality.

All photos © 2015 RZF Images, all rights reserved. Neither these nor other images on this site or my website may be used without written permission.


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