“Don’t take any pictures of the burlesque dancers,” the Countess admonished last night as we settled in at our cafe table at the Triad to check out Gotham Burlesque. I hadn’t planned on doing so anyway, but I did need a visual for the blogpost so I thought I’d restrict myself to a few snaps of the M.C. *World Famous BOB* …and as you can see, even she (who didn’t strip in the show) fogged up the lens!
I’ve seen most of the long-running burlesque shows in town, but this was my first time at Gotham, which has now been operating for almost two years. I hadn’t been to the Triad in awhile so was surprised to find that the whole joint has been renovated and expanded, with an upper level gallery, and a gorgeously appointed house featuring a filigreed procenium with a red velvet curtain, framed by faux Greek columns, and topped with an ornamental scallop shell. A fitting setting for the procession of jewels that constitute Gotham’s All-Star line-up. Habitues of the new burlesque scene will instantly perceive that with *BOB*, Dirty Martini, Angie Pontani and Nasty Canasta all on the same bill, it’s a show in which practically every performer is another show’s headliner: the creme de la creme. And every turn a highlight…Memorable moments:
* Dirty Martini’s “Garden of Eden” bit in which she climaxed by pulling an apple out of a very unexpected place;
* Angie Pontani did a classy number to an Edith Piaf tune in which she danced en pointe clad only in sheer fabric; in her second selection she became a wild girl from the jungle and beat her own bongoes;
* Nasty Canasta performed a hilarious fan dance to the accompaniment of an obnoxious car alarm;
* Albert Cadabra stripped down to his jockey shorts for his Transcendental Teleportation Card trick, in which he “pulls out all the stops”;
* Pinkie Special spun her glow-in-the-dark hula hoops to the tune of “Space Truckin'” by Deep Purple;
* Bettina May, the Canadian Coquette did a tap routine dressed in a little sailor suit;
* Medianoche’s Latin-flavored turn was performed to the version of “Roxanne” from Moulin Rouge;
* Peekaboo Pointe served up her specialty, twirling her tassels from East to West!
* And *BOB as M.C. is hysterical as any stand-up comedian, dropping coinages like “Fabnomenal” and “Gaymazing”, even as she teases the Russian tourists in the first row who don’t speak a word of English, and clearly didn’t know what sort of show they were in for (at least the wife didn’t).
The next edition will be October 6, and will have a completely different line-up and a Coney Island theme. You should check it out! For more details go here.