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The U.S.S Corning Revue

by Ann Morrow on June 19, 2014


The Airship U.S.S. Corning is preparing for take-off—and so is its crew of scintillating dancers, torch singers, and comedians. On June 21 (Saturday), the observation deck of the Corning Tower, 42 floors up, will be revamped with passenger table seating for a high-flying edition of Roxxi Tart’s Speakeasy Revue set within the room’s panoramic views. The formal evening of risqué entertainment and elegant food will offer a rare opportunity to experience the glass-walled deck after dark, and to take in the sights of the entire region lit-up for nighttime.

“This is the maiden voyage of the U.S.S. Corning,” says producer and choreographer Mr. James of the cabaret-style show, “and at 589 feet above ground, we will be getting as high as you can get legally.” Since the tower’s namesake, Mayor Erastus Corning 2nd, was a young gadabout during the Roaring Twenties, perhaps the Albany politico will join in spirit.

Among the lineup will be special guests from New York City, including a fan dancer in the classic Sally Rand tradition, along with 1920s-inspired comedy skits and song-and-dance routines. A jazz duo will accompany the audience as they enjoy a buffet catered by Prime at the Plaza. Along with the hot tamales onstage, the menu includes Maryland crab cakes, sesame chicken satay, steak crostini, spanakopita, and Italian meats, cheeses, and vegetable dishes. Small-plates will be served throughout the evening.

The full bar will take credit cards; however, first-class tickets ($60 per person) are cash-only at the door. Parking is available on Madison Avenue between the State Museum and the cathedral; entrance to the Corning Tower is across the street in the Concourse (look for the ticket booth). Ushers will accompany patrons to the elevator and to their airship seating. Pre-boarding begins at 7:30 PM, the show starts at 9 PM. Reservations are suggested, and 1920s dress is encouraged.

The U.S.S. Corning Revue will be presented Saturday (June 21) at the Corning Tower Observation Deck (Empire State Plaza, Madison Avenue, Albany). Tickets are $60. Call 417-1920 for reservations.