Wow … for once, Mumpty is nearly speechless! ** Warning** pic-heavy post – but when it comes to burlesque, those are the best posts right?! For the record, all images in this post were taken by the truly marvellous, burlesque photographer extraordinaire, David Rowe from David Rowe Photography – just book him!
I have been to many a burlesque show over the last few years, but this one, featuring the internationally famous, Miss Dirty Martini, was one INCREDIBLE show! Not only did Dirty herself prove from the very first second she stepped on the stage, why she has the massive following she does, but the other performers sparkled their little hearts out as well! (To read about when Mumpty actually met Dirty IRL, click here.)
FYI, for what it’s worth, Cabaret Royale was held at Glamilton’s premiere burlesque venue, Altitude Bar on the 17th of April!
For the first time I’ve ever seen, there was actually a queue waiting outside to get into the venue before it started – aaaah the power of the international phenomenon that she is, Miss Dirty Martini!
The evening was MC’d by the gloriously, hilariously outrageous Felicity Frockaccino – she of the comic-clad statuesque figure and the towering heels that she managed to haul herself up on to the stage in, more times than I think was safe! The bartender, Zac, was the somewhat unwilling object of Ms Frockaccino’s affections – it was very, very funny to watch him squirm – but actually he handled the attention incredibly well! I wonder how often Ms Frockaccino really does get beaten up after the show though?!
Aside from being a rather superb MC, Felicity Frockaccino also performed a fabulous little number in the second half of the show that had Mumpty and her bestie, Miss Monique Sweet, in fits of laughter!
The show was opened by recently-formed Glamilton troupe, The Gorgeous Glamiltonians, who performed a beautiful, colourful and cheeky Four Seasons routine – which was a tribute to Dirty Martini herself. The Gorgeous Glamiltonians choreographed the piece and took some of their inspiration, particularly for the fan work, from a group fan act Dirty did a while ago.
The routine was fan-based with a troupe feel to it, complimented by individual performances. As one audience member put it later, it was a visual symphony! The Gorgeous Glamiltonians troupe is made up of:
The Pocket Rocket – Miss Ooh La La Paree.
The fabulous Miss Ruby Spice – captured here in one of my favourite Ruby “bustin’ a move” moments!
One of my long-time, super-sexy favourites, Azure D’Murre.
And my magnificent friend and burlesque madam, Ms Tittle Tattle.
Now I can’t remember the exact order of the routines that followed, so I’m just going to mention them all and hope I don’t get it too far wrong!
The gorgeous Miss Cherry Lashes performed a fabulous, gold-inspired routine – the pièce de résistance of which was when she smeared herself in gold paint – a very theatrical moment indeed! Well done Miss Cherry Lashes!
Belly dancing made it’s shimmy-ing, sexy self well-known in the fabulous routine performed by Leggy Luna Lucy. Now Felicity Frockaccino informed the audience this was Miss Lucy’s last performance – I most certainly hope that is not the case! Leggy Luna Lucy is a brilliant performer and the audience was wowed by a super-funky routine where that booty was shaken and stirred like the very best martini (did you see how I made that link here?!)
We were also treated to a wonderful routine by the lady who was clever enough to bring Miss Dirty Martini to New Zealand; Catherine Smith (Owner; Caburlesque International, Director; Miss Burlesque NZ) who performed as Sadie, a very sexy and somewhat naughty Cleaning Lady!
Glamilton performer, Pussy Gallorez performed her fire-inspired routine and released a shower of red glitter onto the stage (and other places too I believe, but we won’t go into that here!)
Burlesque diva and Miss Burlesque NZ 2012, Miss Bettsy Rose Lee, performed her mega-popular, multi-award-winning Cupcake Odyssey routine – I’ve seen it a few times now and I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of it! Any routine that ends with the performer stuffing her face with cake and sprinkles has got my vote!
Queen of the Cards, Cherie D’Bauche, is a Rotorua-based performer, and I have not seen her perform before. I really enjoyed her card-inspired routine and I thought her costuming was gorgeous. I look forward to seeing her perform again some time soon.
And then … and then … it was the long-awaited turn of the magnificent Miss Dirty Martini (and not before some heckling from the audience, which Ms Frockaccino handled with the tact and sophistication we had come to expect from her!)
What can I say about Dirty’s act? It was a mastery of comedic burlesque and demonstrated all the components necessary for a good routine (as identified by Dirty at dinner – see here if you don’t know what I’m talking about.) Aside from all that, it was visually stunning; Dirty is hilarious; her timing is impeccable and she is just THAT.BLOODY.GOOD! A true burlesque superstar! Dirty performed her infamous Swan Routine, and it was, quite simply, brilliant. That is a very inappropriate swan by the way **insert lascivious wink here**
My only complaint? We needed MORE DIRTY!
So that, my friends, was how it was to be in the audience of a Dirty Martini Burlesque Show – in short – fabulous!
It was great to see so many new faces in the audience – obviously Dirty’s fame has spread as far as Glamilton! There were also some familiar faces and it was just as good to see them – and a special mention of our newly-crowned Miss Pinup NZ 2015 – Bettie Rage.
And … one of my favourite pics from the evening – yes, that is David Rowe, our trusty photographer, with the one and only Miss Dirty Martini! What IS he doing?!
Love and totally inappropriate swans …