Reviewer: Iain Sykes
Celebrating its sixth birthday, Burlesque at The Lowry aims to serve up a menu of some of the finest acts the genre has to offer. On this particular evening they succeed and then some. An evening of glamour and corsets…and that’s just the audience.
Our hostess, the self styled Lesbian Vampire Queen, Rosie Lugosi, in black leather trousers and sequined top hat, has the audience eating out of her hands even without resorting to using her riding crop in anger, encouraging each table to clap, shout and perform animal impersonations before introducing each act in a most professional style.
Opening the show is singer Kiki deVille, an Australian songstress with an impressive range shown to full effect in her opening number which veers between opera and scat jazz with impressive ease. Her later spots also work to great effect especially in her version of Popular from Wicked that closes the first half of the show.
Burlesque dance acts with nipple tassles and glamour aplenty come from Pinky DeVille and Marylin Monroe lookalike, Havana Hurricane who both provide stunning routines. A glorious twist on the theme comes from Lowry debutante, Titsalina Bumsquash whose glamorous stripping cleaner and Ghostbusters sets are loved by the large audience. As indeed are the sets of Aurora Galore. Her first half sizzling hot fire eating burlesque dance act followed by the most energetic of dance routines after the interval have the audience in raptures.
Highlight of the night though is comedienne Ria Lina. Entertaining the audience with sharply witty jokes and songs played with great aplomb on the ukulele, her near the knuckle style of humour is more than in tune with the whole tone of the show and has the audience in stitches, or mainly the female part of the audience anyway with her song about male performance between the sheets.
With each act participating in both halves of the show, a variety of styles are showcased throughout, ensuring that Burlesque at The Lowry delivers just what it sets out to do… an audience pleasing evening of loud, punchy, brash and bawdy cabaret. And long may it continue to do so.
Reviewed on 18th January 2014