In an entertainment city famous for its governing body of giant production companies, a small group of ambitions performers is initiating what can only be thought of as the Grassroots Burlesque Movement.

Called “The Burly-Q Revue” and held at Daddy Mac’s Bar  at 2920 N. Green Valley Parkway, the show features burlesque and Vaudeville-style acts reminiscent of vintage variety shows.

Miss Miranda Glamour and Roxy Rouge, both seasoned professionals, co-produce the “Revue” as a way to showcase local talent.

Glamour, sporting shamelessly pink hair, was the designated emcee of the evening. She contributed the corny jokes and lewd commentary signature to the genre, setting the stage for the bawdy performance to follow.

The language went from bad to worse with the progression of the show, but the good-natured, tongue-in-cheek approach made the crudeness almost endearing. Even the mic check at the beginning had personality.

Aside from Glamour, the number of performers topped out at a ferocious five.

Vocalist Leda Las Vegas lived up to Glamour’s description (“voice like an angel, mouth like a sailor”) with a wonderfully mature voice that rang of classical training.

Leda Las Vegas beckons in her parody "I Want to be Drugged by You"

The  Burlesque Shot ($2, half of which goes to supporting the show) also made an appearance half-way through the act. Props to Miss Las Vegas: even after the shot of alcohol, she finished just as strongly as she began.

Janell Burgess, a classically-trained dancer hailing from Anaheim, performed two numbers and sauntered around the bar between sets. Katy Perry would have been proud–with the spiky blonde hair and gorgeous legs, she looked the quintessential California girl.

Burgess slinks through a sultry number with long legs and a 100 meter stare

Burgess’ training was evident in her musicality and strong dance lines. The ripped body underneath her black suit top and lingerie was testament to the exceptional physique necessary for the demanding performances.

Scarlet Phoenix, the “Texas Tease with Double D’s,” displayed her feminine, feline side and was met with cat-calls from the audience. Sin City Sunshine followed close on her heels with a deep, full voice that suited the smoky atmosphere.

Roxy Rogue, co-producer, brought audience members to the stage. Each was gowned in a white T-shirt and branded with a signature in marker and handprints in red paint in questionable places. (And yes, they got to keep the shirt.)

Overall, the show’s strengths vastly outnumbered its weaknesses. Seating needs to be improved—room dividers and high-backed booths block the view of the stage from most places in the bar.

However, the fresh personalities bounded over those barriers anyway. Glamour’s sassy rapport with the audience created an easy-going and highly enjoyable ambiance.

Audience members, many of whom were not aware of the “Revue” debut before it began, were respectably supportive of the local talent. And, as Glamour pointed out, this is rightfully so, because there is a lot of it out there.

Check it out the second Thursday of every month at Daddy Mac’s, 2920 N. Green Valley Parkway, #6 in Henderson.

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