Review - Brooke Shields' Night of Calamity

September 3
12:00 AM 2011

Brooke Shields was looking for something a little out of the ordinary when she wanted to treat her cast-mates from The Addams Family to a fun time out this past Wednesday night, so she turned to one of Gotham's favorite burlesque queens, Calamity Chang.

Among her numerous ecdysiast gigs about town, Chang produces and hosts the weekly Thursday night strip-tease shows at the Lower East Side pin-up themed bar, Nurse Bettie. Shields was seated front and center, dressed elegantly in white, for the company's private midnight show featuring only classics of the art.

Among the talent the Addams matriarch and her guests cheered on was The Maine Attraction, who performed in the style of Josephine Baker, Bettina May, who did a traditional gown routine, Medianoche and her honeysuckle, floral act and Tansy in a Snow White spoof. Big Mama vocalist Broadway Brassy was on hand for her style of roof-raising and Chang capped off the evening with her classic Asian fan dance.

"Brooke is so nice and gracious and has a wicked sense of humor," says Calamity Chang. "I was so happy that I got a chance to entertain someone who entertained me growing up."

For those who may be concerned, young Adam Riegler, who plays Pugsley Addams, was otherwise engaged that evening.

Photos by Greg Pace: Top: The Maine Attraction, Brooke Shields and Calamity Chang; Bottom: Calamity Chang, Bettina May, Brooke Shields, Roger Rees, Medianoche and Tansy.

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