Direct from London’s West End, Europe’s biggest touring burlesque show is coming to town. Showcasing award-winning talent from across the country, it’s an opportunity to see some of the world’s biggest burlesque stars in the flesh.
Theatregoers are promised corsets, killer heels and stockings aplenty. “An Evening of Burlesque features an all-star cast of beautiful and elegant performers,” says show producer Michael Taylor. “Sparkling with couture costumes recalling the golden eras of burlesque, it’s the most glamorous show on tour.”
Michael, who produces other hit stage shows The Magic of Motown and Thank You for the Music, says the production owes its success to a combination of “sultry vocals, breathtaking choreography, mischief, magic, frivolity and fun.”
“It’s all tease, no sleaze,” says Michael, “and for that reason audiences are predominantly female.” Bringing variety back to the theatre, the show’s combination of musical and theatrical parody, magic, comedy and dance with the art of striptease saw its extensive 2012 UK tour enjoy rave reviews.
An Evening of Burlesque comes to town fresh from an international tour.
“Its content – sparkling glamour, physical humour and a dynamic score need no translation,” says Michael. “There’s a thriving burlesque scene in London’s West End. We’re proud to be bringing the cream of burlesque talent to a far wider audience.”
• Amber Topaz – the Yorkshire Tease, the leading lady, her powerful vocals and an uncompromising stage persona are the epitome of burlesque
• The Folly Mixtures – a burlesque quartet choreographed to thrill, featuring a tasty assortment of lip-smacking themed routines that have thrilled fans throughout the UK and Europe
• Ivy Paige – the evening’s most welcoming compere, this songstress is a cabaret star in her own right
• Miss Ooh La Lou – described as Police Academy dream babe, a bit Britney, a bit Goldie Hawn. Trained at Italia Conti, she has appeared in numerous West End musicals
• Miss Felixy Splits – another product of Italia Conti, the all-singing, all-dancing performer is the ultimate cheesecake pin-up
• Bettsie Bon Bon – described as akin to the star of an MGM movie classic, trained in hip hop and street dance, she’s sauce, tease, glamour and naughtiness personified
• Liberty Sweet – sensuous and graceful, a nimble vamp, trained at the Royal Academy of Dance, comes with her own sparkle-encrusted swing. A star of the Edinburgh Festival and ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh Show!
• AJ James – experience gravity-defying feats of balance involving knife juggling that features audience participation with a wince-inducing twist – they throw the knives
• Kalki Hula Girl – her explosive, show-stealing hula-hoop performances defy both the laws of gravity and impossibility, leaving audiences in an old-school vaudeville spin
• Christian Lee – “the king of comedy magic”, Time Out; “hysterical”, Evening Standard. Winner of BBC1’s The Slammer. Described as a modern-day Tommy Cooper, Christian has appeared at 10 Downing Street and entertained the likes of Prince Charles, Tom Cruise, Kate Beckinsale plus Patsy Kensit and Noel Gallagher
“For over-18s only, An Evening of Burlesque will be the talk of the town for months to come,” says Michael. “Book your tickets now and enjoy the ultimate tease.”
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Available: Interviews with the stars of the show or producer Michael Taylor. Please call Brooke on 01702 427100 to arrange. Promoter reserves the right to alter the programme
DRESS TO IMPRESS – PRIZE FOR THE MOST GLAMOROUS MEMBER OF THE AUDIENCE
Sparkling with couture costumes, featuring killer heels and stockings aplenty... no, we’re not talking about the burlesque all-star performers appearing in Britain’s hottest new theatre show sensation An Evening of Burlesque...
That’s a description of audiences for the glamorous production. Its combination of song, dance, mischief, magic, music, frivolity and fun has proved an unqualified hit with the ladies.
“Throughout the UK,” says show producer Michael Taylor, “at every venue on our 70-date tour, the fairer s&x make up the majority of our audiences.
“And the ladies just love dressing for the occasion.” So much so, the production now offers a “burlesque-tastic” surprise prize for the best-dressed member of the audience on the night. The prize will be awarded by the show’s production manager, their decision being final.
“The show is an opportunity,” says Mike, “to forget about all your troubles for an evening and enjoy the thrills and spills of modern-day burlesque.
“Theatregoers completely immerse themselves in the evening’s entertainment.”
Michael says, as performers look out from the stage the auditorium is aglitter with the most dazzling outfits.
“As a consequence, the atmosphere at theatres is absolutely electric,” he says. “We would like to reward the most glamorously-dressed person with a prize they’ll treasure forever.”
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Amber Topaz, star of An Evening of Burlesque. . . “Every inch the moving, shaking, dancing s&x bomb” - Sarah Duguid, The Mail on Sunday
“Pale flesh, flame haired and lurid red lipstick, great panache, proving s&xy and touching. Sings with wit and passion” - Charles Spencer, The Telegraph
“An explosion of charisma and stage presence. . . music and songs, comedy and seduction,” GQ Italy
“Inspired laughter and awe in a fine display of music hall irreverence,” This is Cabaret
“A glamorous evening with zero hint of smut or seediness,” The Public Review
“It was sequins, stilettos, stockings and a whole bucket of sauciness as An Evening of Burlesque sent temperatures soaring”
“Sizzling striptease with balloons, feathers, fans, hula hoops and even a bit of Little Bo Peep. . . an evening of rather elegant entertainment”
“Fun and witty. . . beautiful and rather moving”
“Teaming fantastic costumes, hair and make-up with performances that oozed attitude and confidence, these girls seem to transport us back to a classier, more elegant time.”
Amber Topaz: “A sprightly comic” - Michael Billington, The Guardian
“Amusing and absurd, titillating and toe-curling”
“Sultry vocals formed the backdrop to a sensationally sensuous show which celebrated the female form as art”
Kalki Hula Girl: “had heads in a spin with a breathtaking routine”
“. . . tickled the fancy of gentlemen and sent waves of giggles amongst ladies”
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