BWW Reviews: The Quintessential Modern Vaudeville - CLOCKWORK FOLLIES at Rockwell

BWW Reviews: The Quintessential Modern Vaudeville - CLOCKWORK FOLLIES at Rockwell

Described as "modern vaudeville," Clockwork Follies at Rockwell manages to take a classic, forgotten form of entertainment and transform it for today's audience. The show is comprised of a mixture of performers - a musical comedy troupe, beautiful dancers, a comedian, a magician, a French chanteuse, all hosted by the entertaining and magnetic, Jai Rodriguez.

Without wanting to give too much away, the show begins with a song built around audience participation by the appropriately-named, Cabaret Awesome. It was a great start to the show, bringing great energy and enthusiasm. "Sex Bomb" by Tom Jones played in the background as a member of the Hollywood Jane Revue, a Los Angeles burlesque troupe, danced the way as only a burlesque act can with style, flirtation, and fun. Comedian, Michael Goldstrom entertained with improv, utilizing sound effects to take the audience on a journey through time from Ancient Rome to modern day.

Our host, Jai Rodriguez, known that night as the "Vandal of Virtue," entertained between each act, volunteering a member of the audience to read a text from his phone, asking a member of the audience to help him with a particular item of clothing. With new audience members week after week, this act is expected to change, too. Who knows what may happen next week?

Magician, Micah Cover wowed with a couple of tricks that left me scratching my head and interested in seeing more. Chanteuse, Morganne Picard sang several songs beautifully. Her voice has the ability to transport anyone into a 1940s French café, concluding her set with Édith Piaf's, "La Vie en Rose." A burlesque duo performed as spies on a mission, walking through the audience, and going back to the stage to perform a sexy striptease. Dancer, Angela Todaro impressed with quick tap dancing and Cabaret Awesome concluded the show with a rendition of Blurred Lines that got everyone up and dancing.

I imagine the vaudeville shows of the past to be just like this - entertaining, diverse, and a celebration of art and talent. If you want to experience how modern vaudeville looks and feels, catch Clockwork Follies at Rockwell, Fridays at 10:00 PM.

Photo Credit: Aimee Curameng

BWW Reviews: The Quintessential Modern Vaudeville - CLOCKWORK FOLLIES at Rockwell

Jai Rodriguez

BWW Reviews: The Quintessential Modern Vaudeville - CLOCKWORK FOLLIES at Rockwell

Alvin Forbes and Joey Bybee of Cabaret Awesome

BWW Reviews: The Quintessential Modern Vaudeville - CLOCKWORK FOLLIES at Rockwell

Jai Rodriguez and Joey Bybee

BWW Reviews: The Quintessential Modern Vaudeville - CLOCKWORK FOLLIES at Rockwell

Burlesque dancer

BWW Reviews: The Quintessential Modern Vaudeville - CLOCKWORK FOLLIES at Rockwell

Jai Rodriguez and DJ

BWW Reviews: The Quintessential Modern Vaudeville - CLOCKWORK FOLLIES at Rockwell

Michael Goldstrom

BWW Reviews: The Quintessential Modern Vaudeville - CLOCKWORK FOLLIES at Rockwell

Micah Cover

BWW Reviews: The Quintessential Modern Vaudeville - CLOCKWORK FOLLIES at Rockwell

Morganne Picard

BWW Reviews: The Quintessential Modern Vaudeville - CLOCKWORK FOLLIES at Rockwell

Misha Reeves and Alvin Forbes of Cabaret Awesome

BWW Reviews: The Quintessential Modern Vaudeville - CLOCKWORK FOLLIES at Rockwell

Angela Todaro

BWW Reviews: The Quintessential Modern Vaudeville - CLOCKWORK FOLLIES at Rockwell

Burlesque Duo

BWW Reviews: The Quintessential Modern Vaudeville - CLOCKWORK FOLLIES at Rockwell

"Blurred Lines" dance party with the cast of Clockwork Follies

BWW Reviews: The Quintessential Modern Vaudeville - CLOCKWORK FOLLIES at Rockwell

Cast of Clockwork Follies with Producer, Kate Pazakis

BWW Reviews: The Quintessential Modern Vaudeville - CLOCKWORK FOLLIES at Rockwell

Jai Rodriguez

BWW Reviews: The Quintessential Modern Vaudeville - CLOCKWORK FOLLIES at Rockwell

Jai Rodriguez

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Aimee Curameng Aimee Verder Curameng is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, with a degree in Film Studies that took her back to her native city of Los Angeles. Once a casual hobby, photography has become a passion and she loves capturing little but important moments and hopes that comes through in her photos. A musical theatre fan since she was a child, you can often find her admiring talented performers and artists by attending shows in the Southern California area (and sometimes beyond Southern California). Follow her on Twitter @amelourdes and on Instagram @amelialourdes.


 
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