VIBF review: production night from the Rio Theatre

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Burgundy and the Purrfessor

The Rio Theatre was packed last night, Thursday May 2, 2013.  Wall to wall with adoring fans and artists. Not a seat was left in the house and the performers delivered solidly entertaining performances. The Wet Spots (show hosts) were a hilarious  duo, with original song numbers – especially the one about hiding your dildo’s while in Texas! We loved their passion for burlesque!

My favourite line fron Cass King, as she addressed the sold out crowd, “we are performing love songs for people that are a little bit slutty.” She said summing up what to expect from the evening. Cass, who also sang throughout the LIVE performance of Rock and Roll Burlesque: Motown, was a huge hit. Her voice as well as her humor were well received by the Vancouver audience. The Wet Spots are definitely a cabaret duo worth seeing.

The Wet Spots

The Wet Spots

We really enjoyed Rock and Roll Burlesque, there next performance date is May 23, 2013 at the Electric Owl. There were stand out performances, a Tina Turner number (by Cherry OnTop), for instance had the audience pumped. Now this girl could dance (shake), all I could think was there was no way that I could even stand up after exerting that level of energy and her butt shakes were out of control. The singers of Rock and Roll Burlesque could be an entire show on there own they were so good. Singers included: Red Heartbreaker, Cass King, Mimi Beyene

The production of Gypsy Rose Lee at Minsky’s Burlesque, produced and choreographed by Burgundy Brixx was outstanding, certainly a show knockout. Burgundy, who also crafted many of the costumes, scenery and props delivered a flawless performance. Her execution and timing were impeccable. The Purrrfessor also gave a great performance living up to his fine character, he reminded me a bit of Benny Hill tonight.

Burgundy’s experience and dedication to her art form unveiled itself into a beautifully executed production by Kitty Nights and collaborative Pandora and the Locksmiths. It left us wanting more Gypsy and LIVE singing with burlesque numbers. Hopefully we will get to see this show again in Vancouver, it was a huge success.

Burgundy Brixx

Burgundy Brixx

The evening production concluded with VanDolls – Paint and Pasties, which showcased many performances. All with a famous art theme. My favorite was the host Tyler Nicol, a witty character that delivered funny and interesting dialogue; although the length of the performances did cause some audience heckling. However, I had to question if it was part of the Vaudeville theatre theme or just pure banter.

The Vandolls had a few really clever performances, loved the Bob Ross performance. Brought back so many childhood memories, fixated on the television as Bob would effortlessly paint and talked with his soothing voice to the viewers.

Bob Ross

Bob Ross

Headliners -Russell Bruner, Foxy Tann and Miss Judith Stein were in attendance at the Rio Theatre Thursday evening. Follow Vancity Buzz tonight, as we cover VIBF at the famous Vogue Theatre. (1941)

Stay tuned as we talk with special guest host- Foxy Tann.

Foxy Tann

Foxy Tann

The Rio lobby hosted talented performers from all over Canada, the United States and as far away as Australia (Ms. Strawberry Siren) who enjoyed one another’s saucy company. There were more corsets, lace, and stocking then you can imagine.  Oh and HardCore pasties by Foxy TannFoxy nipple covers in a rainbow of colours. It felt like a naughty backstage circus – very fun!

Nipple Covers - Foxy Tann

Nipple Covers - Foxy Tann

 

We are excited to see the best of the seven photographers at this years VIBF (Frankie Panky, Voodoo Bill, Jess Desaulniers-Lea, Rufio Van Hooven, Shimona Henry,  and Cameron Brown) Cameron Brown had two featured black and white photographs in VIBF’s Vancity Buzz:August Wiled.

Here are a few snap shots via Instagram form last night.

Rio Theatre guitar stage

Rio Theatre guitar stage

Rock and Roll Burlesque: Motown – completely thrilled with the talent of musicians, Blue Morris the elected president of VIBFA and accomplished guitar teacher

Blue Morris and the Rock and Roll Burlesque

Blue Morris and the Rock and Roll Burlesque

Lydia DeCarrlo and Russell Bruner

Lydia DeCarrlo and Russell Bruner

Cover photo (Burgundy Brixx and the Purrfessor) by Trevor Jansen

Photo ( The Wet Spots) – submitted photo

Photo ( Burgundy Brixx ) – by Shimona Henry

Photo (Foxy Tann) – submitted photo

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