BURLESQUE TO BROADWAY with Quinn Lemley Set for The Cutting Room, Begin. 11/3
The high-octane theatrical concert, "Burlesque to Broadway" starring Quinn Lemley will dazzle audiences at New York City's premiere venue The Cutting Room (44 E 32nd Street between Park and Madison) every Monday night in November. This lightning-in-a-bottle survey of American burlesque -- with Lemley leading a tight-knit coterie of showgirls through heart-racing choreography, in eye-popping costumes -- is supported by a razor-sharp nine-piece live band under the music direction of Daniel Lincoln. Performances are November (3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th) at 8pm with doors at 6:30pm.
The highly revealing celebration of American burlesque from a century ago to present day, features the choreography of David Eggers (Broadway's "Nice Work If You Can Get It" "Anything Goes") and the dazzling costumes of Wendall Goings ("Rock of Ages"). Bette Midler collaborator Steve Rawlins provides the orchestrations and the show's directing consultant is the esteemed Tony Award-winning director Joe Hardy (Tony Award for "Child's Play"). In sequins, feathers and fans, as Quinn's showgirl sidekicks, the show features Stacey Harris as Razz, Samantha Stolzfus as Gracie, Jenna Rubaii as LoRita St. Lo and Chelsea Turbin as Trixie L'Amour.
In assessing the show's just released studio recording, The Wall Street Journal's Will Friedwald commented, "Lemley has made Burlesque better than it ever was. She brings to burlesque something it rarely if ever had before: great songs and first-class singing." He went on to say, "She has now made burlesque into a medium that is as enjoyable on an audible level as much as a visual one.... a milestone of a record." The New York Times declared the show as, "dazzling" and Vanity Fair noted that Quinn "delivers the goods."
But as seeing is believing, and Lemley, along with her cast, gracefully fan through 19 songs and numbers, which all touch on the art, deception and humor of striptease seduction. In everything from classics such as "Let Me Entertain You," "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," and "Ten Cents a Dance," to songs of empowerment like "You Don't Own Me," and "When You've Got it, Flaunt It," Lemley doesn't shrink from revealing the tactical calculus of the battle of the sexes.
From its vintage beginnings a century ago, to its embrace by the American musical, to its current neo-burlesque revival, Burlesque has never faded from the American entertainment landscape. Lemley shows why.
"Burlesque to Broadway" offers something for everyone, with tickets tantalizingly priced from $20 to $35 and VIP packages stacked with goodies for $69 and $120. Get ready to sizzle. For tickets visit www.thecuttingroomnyc.com or www.BurlesqueToBroadway.com or call 212.691.1900.
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