Kiss Kiss Cabaret to Host HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR, Begin. 11/22; Sets NEW YEAR'S EVE HULLABALOO
The Kiss Kiss Cabaret (KKC) kicks off the holiday season with an all-new "Holiday Spectacular!" burlesque show November 22 through December 20 and rings in the new year with the "The Kiss Kiss Cabaret New Year's Eve Hullabaloo" on December 31 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. Regular shows are on Fridays at 11 p.m. and the New Years Eve performance begins at 10 p.m., with a pre-show reception starting at 9 p.m., and ends at 2 a.m. There are no shows on November 29 or December 27. For information visit www.KissKissCabaret.com.
"The Kiss Kiss Cabaret Holiday Spectacular!" unveils a cheeky new closing number to "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" featuring the Coquettes as "Reindeer Showgirls". All shows will include the popular, all-audience kazoo holiday medley. The "Holiday Spectacular!" also features the dance troupe PUR from Indianapolis (Nov. 15) and the always amazing Ammunition (Nov. 22 & Dec. 13).
"The Kiss Kiss Cabaret New Year's Eve Hullabaloo" burlesque show is on December 31 and begins at 9 p.m. with a pre-show food and beverage reception catered by Simply It. The performance begins at 10 p.m. and features members of the Kiss Kiss Coquettes and KKC company members as well as favorite annual special guests. Included with the "NYE Hullabaloo" ticket will be a Runway Entrance with photographers, an inclusive hors d'oeuvres buffet and cash bar, a commemorative gift to remember the evening, and a midnight champagne toast. Galleries of photographs taken by Kiss Kiss photographers will be featured on the Kiss Kiss Facebook page. The two-hour, two-act show will culminate with a countdown and champagne toast onstage with the cast and crew and follow with a two-hour mega-dance party.
"The Kiss Kiss Cabaret always celebrates the holidays in style," said co-producer Chris O. Biddle. "And the 'New Year's Eve Hullabaloo' will kick off 2014 right with Chicago's sexiest, swingingest New Years Eve romp! Last year, we brought in Mindy the Capuchin Monkey, this year we've got other surprises in store! It's no wonder this show sells out each year!"
The Kiss Kiss Cabaret also begins micro shows at Drop, 1909 N. Lincoln Ave the first Thursday of every month beginning in November. The micro shows will be presented in two, 30-minute appearances at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Performing in this exciting new venue will be members of the Kiss Kiss Coquettes, including the two newest coquettes, Eva La Feva and Vivi Valens. Comedy will be provided by That Juggling Guy, Brad French and the Claptrap Family Orchestra!
"We're thrilled to partner with Drop for these monthly micro-shows. Drop is our preferred after-party location, so it was a natural choice to produce a monthly micro-show with them," Biddle continued. "With its unique subterranean design, Drop feels like a speakeasy and we're incorporating that design into our shows. The audience will be right up on the action. They will see every intimate wink, smile and jiggle."
Kiss Kiss Cabaret was voted best burlesque troupe in the Chicago Reader's 2013 Best of Chicago poll and is Chicago's longest running weekly burlesque/comedy performance presenting a crowd-pleasing, modern spin on the classic vaudeville show since 2011. The Kiss Kiss Cabaret features burlesque strip teases, bawdy comedy and inventive variety performers including jugglers, musicians and magicians. Every performance features a rotating cast of performers and is different each week.
The stars of the show are the "The Kiss Kiss Coquettes" which include Bella Canto, Deja Sue, Elle Rioux, Eva LaFeva, Helena Handbasket, Melody Unchained, Minnie Minx, Naughty Natanya, and Vivi Valens. The Coquettes regularly perform in Chicago and around the world in shows such as "Plan 9 Burlesque", "Varietease Cabaret" and "The Belmont Burlesque Revue". The Coquettes also regularly perform at burlesque festivals around the country from Las Vegas to New York and everywhere in between.
Complementing the dancers are a host of hilarious variety performers including magic and comedy by The Amazing Tomas and "That Juggling Guy" Brad French. The Master of Ceremonies duties are fully improvised by the Flattery brothers; Max (portrayed by Chris O. Biddle), Les (played by J. Ben Parker) and Scratch (performed by Mark Henderson). Comedy songs for the show are performed by the Claptrap Family Orchestra featuring Ken Raabe on guitar and Mazurka Wojciechowska on the accordion. Performing hostess duties, are the Kiss Kiss Cabaret's Cigarette Girls.