Burlesque and show tunes: Seems like a natural fit, so it's kind of surprising that tonight's premiere of Boobs Over Broadway is the first show-tunes-burlesque-extravaganza we've heard of. But Reyna Von Vett (aka Cora Vette) says this show has been a long time in the making.
"Most of us come from a musical theater background, and that's not exactly punk rock," she says. "There's all kinds of burlesque happening, but our particular group comes from mostly theater -- and specifically musical theater -- so it seems like the natural show we should be doing. A lot of people try to pretend they weren't really theater geeks, but we're just walking right into it.
"There'll be nuns," she adds. "It's a twisted interpretation of a classic, is all I'm going to say. I'm making the habits out of satin.
"I'm really excited about this one; this was the show that was on the books to do when we lost our theater space, and it feels like it circled back around; everybody needed a little extra energy," she notes.
And they are planning on reprising Boobs Over Broadway at some point. "This one, we'll be turning into sort of a signature thing," Von Vett says. "We're doing stuff from Cabaret, Jekyll & Hyde, A Chorus Line -- how can you not do "Tits and Ass?" -- Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid -- you know, something for the kids -- Oklahoma, Chicago, Avenue Q, Les Miserables. There will be nuns, there will be tigers. I don't even know, it's crazy."
And David Nehls of the Arvada Center will be playing piano, plus there will be three guest burlesque performers.
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The show starts at 10 p.m. at Bender's, 314 East 13th Avenue, and admission is $12 at the door.