Entertainment: Here’s something to look forward to in 2011–burlesque is heading to the West End for the first time!
In a shift from the underground to the mainstream, the all-singing, all-dancing Hurly Burly Show will be at the Garrick Theatre from March until May.
Starring Miss Polly Rae, the show has a contemporary twist, magically fusing the traditions of burlesque and bawdy cabaret with modern day fashion, music and popular culture.
It’s directed by William Baker who is best known for his creative work with Kylie Minogue, including directing her world tours and music videos.
With spectacular costumes, sets and lighting, Miss Rae and her six Hurly Burly Girlys will elegantly focus on the tease and take audiences on a unique, provocative journey full of wit, joie de vivre and celebration of the female form.
Following a critically acclaimed limited run last year, The Hurly Burly Show has musical direction by Steve Anderson, choreography by Ashley Wallen, vocal arrangements by Terry Ronald and lighting by Nick Whitehouse.
Miss Rae dedicated the shift of burlesque into the mainstream to the film Burlesque, starring Cher and Christina Aguilera. “The Burlesque movie is acting as a catalyst and bringing the concept from behind the scenes into the mainstream. It's phenomenal to think my show is going to be in a high-profile West End theatre.”
The founder and lead artist of The Hurly Burly Show, which started its life at the Soho Revue Bar five years ago, is also working with Baker. He has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music and fashion including Victoria Beckham, Britney Spears, Lily Allen and Westlife.
Anderson is also renowned for his work with Kylie Minogue, having been her musical director since 1998. He has worked on every tour and appearance including Showgirl, X and The Sydney Olympics, along with being her producer for songs such as Confide In Me and the White Diamond film score.
Wallen is currently working as choreographer on Ghost: The Musical and associate choreographer on Madonna’s film W.E. due to be released in 2011.
His other credits as a choreographer include Dance X for BBC1 where he appeared as a judge and mentor alongside Arlene Phillips. He has also worked on The X Factor and It’s Now Or Never, both for ITV, and Rent at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
Wallen has choreographed for many artists including Kylie Minogue, Dannii Minogue, James Morrison, Leona Lewis, Sugababes, Will Young, Lemar and Gabriella Cilmi.
Tickets for The Hurly Burly Show start at £24.50. Performances will be held at:
The Garrick Theatre
Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0HH
March 3–May 1, 2011