‘Cheeky’ show planned for Byron stage
IF sequins, shiny costumes and shimmies are your style, you won't want to miss Burlesque Idol when the world-renowned show comes to Byron Bay later this month.
After five years wowing audiences on London's West End and a sell-out run of New York shows, producer Lola LaBelle said Burlesque Idol and the Noir Revue will form a spectacular two-part show at the Byron theatre on July 20.
"Burlesque Idol is a fusion of comedy, burlesque and audience participation," she said.
"We have five contestants who have a range of different skills, anything from belly dancing burlesque to classic burlesque, to burlesque neo, to dark gothic and all different types of themes."
"Burlesque Idol is cheeky, fun, glamorous, silly and over the top, and involves a lot of audience participation."
Ms LaBelle said the contestants are judged on their performances by a panel of judges and the "interactive" audience.
"The audience actually does the voting for who they will think will win on a voting card when they come in to the show," she said.
"Then the audience will actually get to see the judges perform which includes some international acts as well as some local established stars."
The interactive show also includes an audience "best dressed competition" and a raffle for guests.
In contrast to Burlesque Idol, Noir Review is a moody drama from the time when men were men, and femmes were fatale.
Ms LaBelle said the murder mystery, narrated by an unseen detective, features trapeze, cabaret, burlesque and a blues crooner all backed by a live band.
"It's a murder mystery theatre meets the circus with some burlesque in it, but it's primarily circus and live music driven," she said. "They will entertain and seduce the audience before hitting them with their killer cabaret."
Tickets for Burlesque Idol and Noir Review are available at http://www.byroncentre.com.au or at the door if not sold out.