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Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Burlesque of Broadway’ by Nicole Cusick

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Burlesque is making a strong comeback in this year’s Capital Fringe Festival. It is quite possible that The Burlesque of Broadway could run away with the title of best Burlesque in town after the audience response to the first show tonight.

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It appears to be your average musical theatre cabaret, except these performers are not belting out their Broadway favorites, including “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago, and  “Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair” from South Pacific – they are seducing the crowd with these numbers and almost baring it all out there on stage.

The cast is very talented, five female dancers –  including the creator of the show Lola Rose who tease the audience with all of their solo acts.The MC for the evening is the only male dancer in the show and has no problem outdoing the ladies with the highest heels and the greatest amount of sass.

There are also a few ensemble numbers that turn some of those unexpected big Broadway numbers into perfect adaptations for Burlesque number. For example what song from Monty Python’s Spamalot seems like a Burlesque stand out to you? Well, this crew has their favorite for the big opening number.

This show really allows you to cut loose and to hoot and holler at some of the performances of your favorite Broadway songs like you never had the opportunity to do before.

Running time: 60 minutes, no intermission.

The Burlesque of Broadway plays through July 28th at the Fort Fringe – Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar 607 New York Avenue,  NW, in Washington, DC. For performances and to purchase tickets, visit their Capital Fringe page.

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