ATLANTIC CITY — The more word circulates about the need for new and unique alternatives to gaming in Atlantic City, the more extraordinary and unconventional acts seem to crop up around town.
Take for example an audience-interactive show called The Accused: Nightlife on Trial, which has been creating a buzz at Providence nightclub in The Quarter at Tropicana for the last three Saturday nights.
The show involves a weekly cross-section cast of acrobats and burlesque-show artists who get accused of funny, off-the-wall crimes, and the audience is given the task of deciding their respective fates. It was the brainchild of Providence owner Bob Pereira and Tad Emptage, producer of the New York City-based Cirque-Tacular Entertainment.
“Bob was the one who came up with the idea of wanting to do some sort of interesting production that would blend the worlds of nightlife with live performance, and have it be something that could seamlessly integrate into the nightclub space,” says Emptage, who created Cirque-Tacular Entertainment about five years ago with two other professional acrobats.
“He turned that over to me and I gave him some ideas, and we just jumped right in and conceived The Accused. Three months is a very short timetable to get a show up and running, but let me tell you, we got it together and it’s just a beautiful show.”
Pereira owns five nightclubs in New York City, including the original Providence (the club in The Quarter is a smaller replica of the 14,000-square-foot NYC club that was once the site of the Manhattan Baptist Church), but opted to debut The Accused in Atlantic City.
“We started to try to figure out what the best space would be for the show, and decided on the Providence in Atlantic City based on how it could be utilized in a creative and interesting way,” Emptage says.
“We worked the show around it, which is the opposite direction the process typically takes. Typically we start with the show and then look for the space to put it in. What we came up with is kind of novel in that we’re able to blend the live energy of nightlife with the incredible skill of elite performers.”
“The first hour or so of a nightclub is people standing around looking at an empty dance floor. People are trying to get the [courage] to be the first ones on the floor.”
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