October 29, 2011

Carousel Cabaret October 2011

This intimate Carousel experience was hosted by Vinyl Burns who entertained with a surprising vocal range, escaping from a strait jacket, and his usual self mocking audience banter. The audience was treated to two performances from most of the performers and those who only performed once I would not have minded seeing again. I hope the trend for multiple performances continues at future Carousels.

Patti Cakes played four amusing, and I assume original, songs accompanied by her ukelele Pork Chop. She is cute, she can sing, and her lyrics kept the audience on their toes wondering what she would sing next.

During Lily Loca's first act she interacted with the audience via her facial expressions. There was more tease in this act than we had grown accustomed to - performers usually lose their clothes much quicker! Her second act was a peacock inspired fan dance. She talked with her fans rather than her face. The music track was fascinating beginning with a Shakespeare quote spoken over a pan flute.

Sadly Miss Burlesque NZ 2011 Bettsy Rose Lee was unable to attend due to a back injury. Miss La Belle (her predecessor) filled in for her with a dance similar to one she teachers her students. Dressed in an exotic bright pink outfit she owned the stage and seemed to be genuinely enjoying herself. From a simple teaching tool she performed a stunning dance.

For Miss La Vida's first act she managed to undress while covering herself with fans which I found rather impressive. Her second act was the same one she gave to the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. She began a lady in an elegant gown with an impressive hat dancing to a slow song and ended a modern woman in knee high boots, suspenders and tassels shaking her rear to "I Like Big Butts."

Little Miss Broadway is striking both on stage and off. Her act was a dramatic and elegant dance to "Be Italian" in which she hits herself with a tambourine - much less disturbing than it sounds but I'm pretty sure that she'll have bruises!

The best dressed competition winner was a man dressed as a devil who narrowly beat out a woman dressed as a homage to this months promotional poster in suspenders, pearls and top hat.

Do not miss this months Carousel or you will regret it! Look out espeically for Little Miss Broadway and Miss La Vida's "Big Butts" routine, two such unique performances will be hard to match.

See you next month, November 25th and 26th.

Venue: The Garden Club
Price: $35 door charge
Dates: 28 & 29 October
Time: Doors open 7pm, show starts 8pm

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