Ohmigod! Ohmigod, you guys . . . looks like I've really won the prize! If there ever was a perfect show to host, this one qualifies! Ohmigod, you guys!
If you recognize that lyrical snoclone, then I know that you know the joy of Larry O'Keefe's musical adaptation of Legally Blonde, a show I totally hated at first but really grew to love over the years. My college bestie and I watched the MTV reality series to cast the next Elle Woods after the departure of the original Elle (Laura Bell Bundy), and then actually went to see the winner of said dumb reality show kinda do an okay job playing Elle on Broadway. I now own a pair of official Legally Blonde: The Musical yoga pants that have "Ohmigod!" emblazoned across the ass in hot pink letters.
I went to my first professional musical when I was 5. It was Man of La Mancha with Raul Julia in the role of Alonso Quijana/Cervantes/Don Quixote and Sheena Easton as Aldonza/Dulcinea, and theatre, especially musical theatre, has been an important part of my life ever since. I've collected every program and Playbill from every show I've ever been to since 1999 or so. I have 3 binders chock full of these things, from the time my husband and I took a Broadwaycation in NYC last Thanksgiving to the time my college friends and I thought it would be a great idea see a middle school production of Little Shop of Horrors. (That was an excellent idea, by the way!)
I tell you all this to say that I love American theatre. I love big budget spectacle and quiet weird fringe theatre. I love old Florenz Ziegfeld, Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
And if you also love American theatre and this country's indigenous artform, the musical, then you will love Broadway Babes. I'll be providing a two-hour history lesson about American musical theatre with living illustrations of the artform infused with striptease by a whole host of wonderful burlesquers heading back to their Broadway roots.
Join Al Lykya, Will Lykya, Octavia Sexton, Maxie Milieu, Eva Fairwood, Amara Strutt, Bunny Von Bunsmore, Maggie McMuffin, Crystal Tassels, Tootsie Spangles, Razzberry Rocket, Miss Elaine Yes, Verity Germaine and producers Jacob Farley and Sara Dipity on March 20 & 21 at Annex Theatre! Tickets are on sale now at www.annextheatre.org!
Sailor St. Claire is The Showgirl Scholar. A Seattle-based burlesque performer, she has been offering audiences an education in the humanitease since 2009.