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ZOMBIE BURLESQUE ****** Planet Hollywood Resort&Casino Las Vegas http://vtheaterboxoffice.com/Vegas_Show_Tickets.cfm?showID=10032 I am a very lucky girl. I have met an incredible man and even better: an incredible man who thinks I’m incredible, too. Nobody’s perfect, however, and so alas my Darling is heavily into Zombies. Any F-class movie featuring the Undead he will devour with great gusto and much to my desperation he never seems to get enough. Therefore as soon as I heard about this new show opening in Vegas I decided to surprise him with some not so high-class entertainment. Well, let’s face it, Zombies ain’t exactly the opera, but you gotta love your man! The Zombie Burlesque is presented by the V Theater at Planet Hollywood. The venue itself I would describe as being on the smaller side, quite a cozy, informal theater very welcoming except for two irritating traits. First of all the seats are not separated, it’s just one long bench, so you kind of end up squashed in between your two neighbors, especially if they are a bit on the larger side. Also we sat in the first row and before the show started they had these absolutely gruesome reflector lights right in front of us, which were rotating and blinding us every time they turned our way. On the bright side (as if the fudging lights weren’t bright enough!): you can order drinks there, the waitress will happily deliver them directly to you. There’s also a very enthusiastic girl selling all sorts of necessities (like chocolate Zombie ears) so much into her job that she promises to do a dance for anybody who would purchase any such item from her! The stage is certainly not huge, but it goes well with the intimate atmosphere of the venue. A live band accompanies the performers all throughout the show and they really are rather good (even though not shy of uttering some serious decibels, especially if you sit up front). The whole idea behind the plot sets up the plausibility of the transpiring events (ok, just use your imagination!) and utilizes the following scenario: after a war between Humans and Zombies, as part of an on-going treaty, the Undead receive a city where they can do as they please.  They are being fed by us to prevent any further bloodshed (with prisoners apparently, if those are dead or alive upon consumption has not been specified). The Zombies, in turn, open their nightclub (Club Z) to Humans to show their will to cooperate and boast with the advanced level of their community, as well as newly acquired norms of civilized conduct. Now and then one of them almost eats a member of the crew or the audience, but all in all they are doing their best to behave. All the actors wear very heavy make-up: it is truly caked on to make their faces appear pallid and to help them achieve a rather spooky, unnatural demeanor. They start with some clumsy, uncoordinated Zombie-style dancing, but soon very sexy, skimpily dressed ladies of the living Dead variety are flouncing their surprisingly perky-looking ware at the viewers. This is not a topless show (the girls wear pasties on their breasts at all times), but truthfully very little is left to the imagination. In between all the different Burlesque numbers we are entertained by some comedy presented by Enoch Augustus Scott. The jokes can be a little crude and simplistic at times, but if you let yourself be carried away by the silliness of the whole thing you will probably still have fun. The cast of Zombie Burlesque truly awed me with their multifaceted talents. Pretty much all of them possess more than one skill and so they can dance (anything from modern to ballet), sing, strip or perform scary pirouettes on silks. The numbers are a good mix of various genres; the production even features a rather disturbing looking contortionist (he had that whole Voodoo vibe going), who did such unimaginable things with his body that I became faint just looking at him. A word of warning: if you are not an exhibitionistically inclined person and prefer to avoid the limelight, please exercise a certain amount of caution, otherwise you might just end up on stage! This is a very interactive show and the actors repeatedly try to draw the audience in. I mean they will probably not pull you out against your will, but if you encourage them in any way you are running the risk of experiencing your 5-minutes of Las Vegas fame :-)! To sum up I would make just one critical observation, namely that the different performances did not seem to hold the same level of quality. What I mean by that: some were really artistically top-shelf or hysterically funny (for example the silks, the hand-dance, the ballet, the contortionist, generally a good portion of the dancing, singing and comedy), others I honestly considered somewhat lame. Almost like somebody decided to spice up a professional show by adding a few amateur interludes. it certainly wouldn’t hurt this whole undertaking to put a little extra work into polishing some of the material. If it wasn’t for the fact that we visited the show only 2 weeks after it had opened I would have probably given it 3 stars instead o 4.  I do, however, see a lot of potential here and am convinced that Zombie Burlesque will only improve with time. I would still recommend it if you are looking for something new and original, but please don’t expect it to measure up to huge, elaborately produced shows like Jubilee!. A FEW OF THE ZOMBIE BURLESQUE STARS POSING FOR PICTURES AFTER THE SHOW

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ZOMBIE BURLESQUE ****** Planet Hollywood Resort&Casino Las Vegas http://vtheaterboxoffice.com/Vegas_Show_Tickets .cfm?showID=10032 I am a very lucky girl. I have met an incredible man and even better: an incredible man who thinks I’m incredible, too. Nobody’s perfect, however, and so alas my Darling is heavily into Zombies. Any F-class movie featuring the Undead he will devour with great gusto and much to my desperation he never seems to get enough. Therefore as soon as I heard about this new show opening in Vegas I decided to surprise him with some not so high-class entertainment. Well, let’s face it, Zombies ain’t exactly the opera, but you gotta love your man! The Zombie Burlesque is presented by the V Theater at Planet Hollywood. The venue itself I would describe as being on the smaller side, quite a cozy, informal theater very welcoming except for two irritating traits. First of all the seats are not separated, it’s just one long bench, so you kind of end up squashed in between your two neighbors, especially if they are a bit on the larger side. Also we sat in the first row and before the show started they had these absolutely gruesome reflector lights right in front of us, which were rotating and blinding us every time they turned our way. On the bright side (as if the fudging lights weren’t bright enough!): you can order drinks there, the waitress will happily deliver them directly to you. There’s also a very enthusiastic girl selling all sorts of necessities (like chocolate Zombie ears) so much into her job that she promises to do a dance for anybody who would purchase any such item from her! The stage is certainly not huge, but it goes well with the intimate atmosphere of the venue. A live band accompanies the performers all throughout the show and they really are rather good (even though not shy of uttering some serious decibels, especially if you sit up front). The whole idea behind the plot sets up the plausibility of the transpiring events (ok, just use your imagination!) and utilizes the following scenario: after a war between Humans and Zombies, as part of an on-going treaty, the Undead receive a city where they can do as they please.  They are being fed by us to prevent any further bloodshed (with prisoners apparently, if those are dead or alive upon consumption has not been specified). The Zombies, in turn, open their nightclub (Club Z) to Humans to show their will to cooperate and boast with the advanced level of their community, as well as newly acquired norms of civilized conduct. Now and then one of them almost eats a member of the crew or the audience, but all in all they are doing their best to behave. All the actors wear very heavy make-up: it is truly caked on to make their faces appear pallid and to help them achieve a rather spooky, unnatural demeanor. They start with some clumsy, uncoordinated Zombie-style dancing, but soon very sexy, skimpily dressed ladies of the living Dead variety are flouncing their surprisingly perky-looking ware at the viewers. This is not a topless show (the girls wear pasties on their breasts at all times), but truthfully very little is left to the imagination. In between all the different Burlesque numbers we are entertained by some comedy presented by Enoch Augustus Scott. The jokes can be a little crude and simplistic at times, but if you let yourself be carried away by the silliness of the whole thing you will probably still have fun. The cast of Zombie Burlesque truly awed me with their multifaceted talents. Pretty much all of them possess more than one skill and so they can dance (anything from modern to ballet), sing, strip or perform scary pirouettes on silks. The numbers are a good mix of various genres; the production even features a rather disturbing looking contortionist (he had that whole Voodoo vibe going), who did such unimaginable things with his body that I became faint just looking at him. A word of warning: if you are not an exhibitionistically inclined person and prefer to avoid the limelight, please exercise a certain amount of caution, otherwise you might just end up on stage! This is a very interactive show and the actors repeatedly try to draw the audience in. I mean they will probably not pull you out against your will, but if you encourage them in any way you are running the risk of experiencing your 5-minutes of Las Vegas fame :-)! To sum up I would make just one critical observation, namely that the different performances did not seem to hold the same level of quality. What I mean by that: some were really artistically top-shelf or hysterically funny (for example the silks, the hand-dance, the ballet, the contortionist, generally a good portion of the dancing, singing and comedy), others I honestly considered somewhat lame. Almost like somebody decided to spice up a professional show by adding a few amateur interludes. it certainly wouldn’t hurt this whole undertaking to put a little extra work into polishing some of the material. If it wasn’t for the fact that we visited the show only 2 weeks after it had opened I would have probably given it 3 stars instead o 4.  I do, however, see a lot of potential here and am convinced that Zombie Burlesque will only improve with time. I would still recommend it if you are looking for something new and original, but please don’t expect it to measure up to huge, elaborately produced shows like Jubilee!. A FEW OF THE ZOMBIE BURLESQUE STARS POSING FOR PICTURES AFTER THE SHOW
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