Bottoms Up Burlesque to perform at Speakeasy

Posted Online: April 18, 2012, 1:46 pm
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By Jonathan Turner,
A breakaway second Quad-Cities burlesque troupe will break out its first solo show next weekend at The Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave., Rock Island.

Created in January, Bottoms Up Quad City Burlesque will perform new 8 p.m. shows every other month at The Speakeasy, starting Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, with a debut Mardi Gras-themed show.

"We are really excited about this new partnership with Bottoms Up Quad City Burlesque," said Brett Hitchcock, Speakeasy co-manager. "I think audiences are going to love these shows. The ladies have been working really hard on every aspect. From costumes, makeup, choreography to music, the attention to detail is really impressive. I think the Quad-Cities will easily see why this is the hottest new show in town."

Many in the troupe of 10 women and one man formerly were associated with the local Burlesque Le' Moustache. They formed their own group after the older burlesque troupe began focusing on more regional and national shows. The 21-and-over shows feature singing, comedy and, "of course, beautiful and sexy dancing," according to a release.

Bottoms Up dancers -- who first performed at a Skellington Manor Vaudeville Revue in January -- come from a wide range of professional backgrounds. Their jobs include insurance and annuities representative, hairstylist, makeup artist, photographer, restaurant owner, restaurant hostess, line cook, business-account administrator and hospital logistics worker.

"The positive energy, the professionalism and the artistic freedom of this troupe is leading to exciting new shows that we are thrilled to be sharing with The Speakeasy," said Rachel Weed, business manager and performer.

"The intimate setting of the venue is perfect to create an atmosphere where we are sharing the show with our audience, and allows for our guests to feel comfortable and have a great time," she said. "We can't wait to kick off our first show to show off our hard work."

"We are really, really excited about it," performer Andrea Myer agreed.

This first show will feature a lot of bright colors, jazz music, a New Orleans theme, and an emcee with a strong singing voice, she said.

The new troupe is similar to Burlesque Le' Moustache, which started in early 2010 and often has played the Speakeasy, because the formula of burlesque "is pretty much same," she said. "It is a different delivery altogether, a whole new energy."

The themes for future Speakeasy shows are:

-- June 29-30: Broadway

-- Aug. 24-25: Caribbean

-- Oct. 26-27: Halloween

Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door; the Saturday, April 27, show is sold out. Tickets may be purchased at the Circa '21 ticket office at 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island, or by calling (309) 786-7733, ext. 2. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m.

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