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“Left me speechless, cool live music, hot taut bodies, eye popping feats of grace and muscle” – New York Daily News

“Spectacular & Kinetically Stunning” – Time Out New York

“Imagine Cirque du Soleil as channeled through Rocky Horror Picture Show” – The New York Times

Reinventing the traditions of circus, cabaret, variety and burlesque for the 21st century audience, and following a sell-out season on Broadway in New York which received rave reviews, Spiegelworld will bring its all-new show, EMPIRE to Australia. Produced by Spiegelworld and presented by Nine Live, tickets go on sale from Thursday 1 November.

The 700-seat antique Spiegeltent, furnished with beveled mirrors, plush velvet-upholstered seating booths. Spiegelworld, which also features a carnival-style style bar and the most intimate stage in town, will start its Australian tour over summer in Sydney on 4 January 2013 at The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park. EMPIRE will then perform to Melbourne audiences from 14 March, followed byBrisbane from 24 May 2013.

EMPIRE is a 90-minute theatrobatic adventure performed by the greatest international talent ever assembled in one tent, with artists such as, Oscar & Fanny, Lime Green Lady, Carrot Man, Gorilla Girls, Big Mac Boy and many more.

Spiegelworld Impresario, Ross Mollison said: “EMPIRE is the very height of the Spiegeltent artform. We scoured the planet to find the most awe-inspiring acts and mixed them into a show that represents everything that is sexy, excessive, decadent and bizarre about New York City. It’s all presented on an intimate stage not much bigger than a postcard and I am delighted to be nowmailing it home for Australia to enjoy.”

Nine Live General Manager, Leon Spellson said: “We’re thrilled to bring EMPIRE to Australia and to partner with the world-famous Spiegelworld. I have no doubt Australian audiences will embrace this show as much as New Yorkers did. This is the one SHOW you must see”

For EMPIRE, Mollison has assembled the stellar Australian creative team of director Wayne Harrison (former Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney’s New Year’s Eve), choreographer John ‘Cha Cha’ O’Connell (Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge), designer Angus Strathie (AcademyAward for Moulin Rouge) and lighting designer Martin Kinnane.

Spiegelworld first presented its annual summer season in New York City on Pier 17, South Street Seaport with acclaimed shows including Absinthe, La Vie, Gazillionaire’sLate Night Lounge and Desir. For the world premiere season of EMPIRE, this year Spiegelworld relocated to a premium vacant lot right in the heart of Broadway, the first time a tent show had ever been presented at Times Square. Spiegelworld is currently presenting Absinthe in the forecourt of Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, now in its 19th sold-out month.

Spiegelworld has also toured to Miami South Beach and Melbourne where they were the feature entertainment of the 2009 Australian Open tennis grand slam.

Pre-sale tickets will be available for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to all Visa Credit, Debit and Prepaid cardholders from 9.00am (local time) Friday 26 October 2012 until 5.00pm (local time) Monday 29 October 2012 or until pre-sale tickets sell out at

Tickets will go on sale to thegeneral public, at 9.00am (local time) Thursday 1 November 2012.

Tickets available from Ticketek –

EMPIRE to perform in Australia:

122 Lang Road, Moore Park.
From Friday January 4, 2013

From Thursday March 14, 2013

From Friday May 24, 2013

Performance Schedule:

Tuesday – Thursday 8:00pm
Friday – Saturday 7:30pm & 9:30pm
Sunday – 7:00pm


Tue/Wed: $59.00 – $129.00*
Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun: $69.00 – $149.00*

*A special VIP Ticket is available and includes in the front 2 rows, VIP entry and a complimentary beverage

For further details on VIP & Corporate experiences, see

So grab your friends, bring your drinks back to your seat and take in the jaw-dropping beauty & mystery of this extravaganza. EMPIRE will be an unforgettable night out!

DIRECTOR Wayne Harrison
Mr. Harrison was the Creative Director of the New Year’s Eve Celebrations on Sydney Harbor, from 2005 to 2007. His other 2007 directing credits included Absinthe for Spiegelworld in New York (and later, Miami), and the Helpmann Awards for Live Performance Australia and Foxtel. Mr. Harrison was the Director of the Closing Ceremony for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. Also that year he directed Peter Quilter’s End of the Rainbow, starring Caroline O’Connor, in Sydney and for the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh. His other recent projects include two new musicals, the workshop production of Catherine Johnson’s Through the Wire, for the Royal National Theatre in London, and the Justin Fleming-Stewart D’Arrietta hit, Satango at Griffin Theatre in Sydney. From 1999-2001 Wayne was the Creative Director of SFX/Back Row and Clear Channel Entertainment (Europe). During this period he was part of the creative team behind the productions of Gumboots, Tap Dogs, Slava’s Snowshow, Mum’s the Word and Fosse (Europe). From 1990 to 1999 Wayne was Director/CEO of Sydney Theatre Company. Among the many STC productions he directed were: The Normal Heart, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, The Gift of the Gorgon and Much Ado About Nothing.

CHOREOGRAPHER John ‘Cha Cha’ O’Connell
An internationally acclaimed choreographer forfilm, television and the stage, John O’Connell is probably best known for the international box office hits Shall We Dance, Moulin Rouge and Strictly Ballroom. Most recently, John choreographed this year’s Academy Awards (the Oscars) in Los Angeles. Earlier in the year he choreographed The Rocky Horror Show for New Theatricals in Sydney. Other films choreographed by John include Enchanted (for Disney), Razzle Dazzle, Romeo & Juliet, Muriel’s Wedding, Peter Pan, Passion, The Quiet American, The Matrix Revolutions, Scooby Doo,Children of the Revolution and Me, Myself & I. John’s latest feature film is Baz Luhrmann’s Australia.

With Spiegelworld: Absinthe, Empire & Desir. Other credits include Concert/Tours: Kylie Minogues’ Aphrodite-Les Folies and USA 2009, Rihanna (Baku), Jonas Brother’s (Radio City Music Hall, NY), Britney Spears’Circus, Nickelodeon’s Storytime Live!. West End: The Hurly Burly Show. TV: Rihanna (SNL, American Idol, VMA’s). Theatre: John Lithgows’ Sunny side of the Street (New Victory, NY), James Lapines’ Mrs. Miller Does her Thing (Wyly, Dallas), Jane Austins’ Pride and Prejudice (NYMF 2011 – award for production design). Visual Marketing/Events: Lead designer Macy’s 2010 award winning Christmas windows “Yes, Virginia”, corporate events for companies such as ESPN, HBO, Nascar, History Channel, Nike, I-Robot and CNN.

Jamie is happy to be working with Spiegelworld again, after a successful run with Absinthe at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. Jamie is a New York City based music producer whose recent projects include Sting, Bruce Springsteen, and Jennifer Hudson.

Angus Strathie has had a long professional career in costume design. A friend andlongtime colleague of Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, one of his earliest projects was the cult favorite Strictly Ballroom, a romantic comedy produced in 1992. In 1999, Strathie began work on the film Moulin Rouge which won him an Academy Award in 2001 for Best Costume Design. Strathie’s other credits include Queen of the Damned, Catwoman starring Halle Berry, Alien vs. Predator, Requiem, and the hit Syfy miniseries Tin Man which earned Strathie a 2003 Emmy nomination for Best Achievement in Costume Design. Strathie went on to design Baz Luhrmann’s Broadway production of the famous Puccini opera La Boheme, earning a nomination for the 2003 Tony Award for Best Costume Design. In addition to his achievements in film, television, and theatre, Strathie also designed costumes for the 138th and 139th Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus in 2008 and 2009. Recently, Strathie has moved into more television work, designing multiple Nickelodeon TV movies as well as pilots for USA’s Fairly Legal and CBS’s Heavenly.

Since graduating from NIDA, Martin Kinnane hasdesigned for theatre and events both nationally and internationally. Mr. Kinnane is possibly best known for his lighting design for all of the City of Sydney’s New Year’s Eve events since 2001; his spectacularly theatrical lighting of the Sydney Harbor Bridge (the Bridge Effect) has brought him international renown; as a result, he was the keynote speaker in Atlanta, at the Festival of Light Conference in the United States.

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