- $20 for one ticket to see Golden Dragon Acrobats (up to $39.50 value)
- When: Sunday, September 27, at 3 p.m.
- Where: Count Basie Theatre
- Seating: balcony
- Door time: 2 p.m.
- Click here to view the seating chart
Golden Dragon Acrobats
Wowing audiences internationally since 1967, the Golden Dragon Acrobats are widely recognized as one of the preeminent Chinese acrobatic companies in the world. The artists draw their costumes and choreography from the last 2,000 years of Chinese history, but can make centuries-old traditions seem futuristic. That sort of achievement takes time; luckily, the acrobats have honed their show for decades. The New York Times says the performers “know how to keep topping themselves,” and they do just that during a two-hour show packed with amazing spectacles and traditional dancing set to ancient and contemporary music.
Those spectacles vary from show to show, but the artistry never wavers. Holding four plates aloft on poles in each hand, a crew of spinners keeps their dishes circulating even when balancing upside down, whereas a contortionist remains stone-still to balance pyramids of champagne glasses on the bottom of her raised foot. Jumpsuit-clad acrobats climb into the centers of large hoops, coaxing them into stage-encircling rolls, and others assume gravity-defying poses atop towers of chairs and precarious ladders.
Count Basie Theatre
Upon entering the Count Basie Theatre, guests may feel as though they’ve slipped through a crack in time and ended up in the early 1900s. Opulent marble staircases and gold details grab the eyes of visitors, recalling the decadence of Hollywood’s history and gently pulling them to the auditorium. There, the acoustically pleasing construction wins out as sound spreads and funnels through a sunburst dome embellished with a dangling chandelier. Since opening in 1926, the Count Basie has earned numerous accolades, including a nod from Pollstar magazine, which listed it as one of the Top 100 Worldwide Theatre Venues.