Boobs of the Dead: A Walking Dead Burlesque Recap by Henrietta Heartbreak
Gorilla Tango was expecting a Sold Out show this week for Boobs of the Dead: A Walking Dead Burlesque, and they were not disappointed! Standing room only for those who showed up any time after 8:45pm, and then the crowd for the second showing of the evening was arriving even before the first audience had completely dissipated. Talk about a fan favorite!
And this was just Opening Night, folks. Once word gets out about how well-done this show was, you’ll be hard-pressed to get tickets.
We open to the harsh sounds of the Center of Disease Control‘s emergency alarm. Then, to the representative of the CDC for the evening, The Scientist. We must be aware of the Zombie Burlesque Epidemic, and avoid the infected at ALL COSTS. We are warned: Zombie Burlesquers love shiny objects, their most notable weapons are seduction and sultriness, and there are no boas, pasties or heels for the first six hours of transformation. During the outbreak, citizens are encouraged to stick to ‘No Sexy Perimeters’ and know where all the ‘Cold Shower’ centers are located.
Then we are treated to a Seminar with Patient Beta, who demonstrates for us the first stages of Zombie Burlesquification. The audience is taught Identification and Avoidance techniques that are critical for Zombie Burlesque Apocalypse survival.
Among the deliciously devilish zombie dancers, Boobs of the Dead incorporated quite a few multimedia aspects. Using an X-Ray machine to examine a Zombie Patient, and tapping into the surveillance cameras at the CDC to find the remaining survivors to name a couple.
Now I won’t spoil all the acts, as this show is set to run weekends this month and on the 31st, so I STRONGLY encourage you to go see this show for yourself. I don’t want to spoil all the surprises!
This show weaves the CDC acts in with Walking Dead parody pieces. The first we see is the main character from Walking Dead, The Sheriff and his Horse. In their first interaction with the Zombie Dancers, The Sheriff gets out alive with the help of a strapping, young crossbow-wielder. Shouts of “Come with me if you want to live!” and “But my sexy horse!” coupled with the daunting Zombie groans set the scene for the rest of Walking Dead acts. I won’t tell you what happened to the poor Horse, but let me tell you, it was quite sexy!
I want to note that the transitions were sharp, the music choice in between was great in setting the mood, and over all the technical aspects of the show seemed to run very smoothly!
Again, we are stopped by the CDC, and informed that the rate of Zombie Burlesquification is growing faster and faster. The Scientist has now barricaded himself in his lab.
Unfortunately, he’s not as safe as he thought, and someone’s hand gets eaten throughout the course of a very nicely choreographed invasion dance number!
Back to the Walking Dead cast, we are introduced to some other key survivors, who are all “NOT SLEEPING TOGETHER.” Weapons are dispersed and Republicans are called out. There are references to Zombie Obama and it concludes with a great dramatic cast shot of everyone with their bludgeoners of choice.
To infiltrate the CDC, which is no longer a safe zone, the Walking Dead cast decides to disguise themselves as Zombie Dancers with articles of clothing they’ve scavenged from deserted areas.
Cries of “That’ll wash me out!” and “Is that a f*ckin’ boa?” and “You’re a f*ckin’ weirdo,” “Well, at least I’m a sexy f*ckin’ weirdo!” are heard throughout the dispersion of panties, pasties and sequined pieces.
The next time we see the cast, they’re donned in some very interesting glittery goods, over under and around their normal apocalypse gear. But wait! It’s not that easy getting into the Infected area of the CDC, first they’ve got to fight their way through.
It’s an explosion of glitter, blood, and sex appeal. You can’t ask for anything better!
The finale group number is an absolutely perfect culmination of everything Zombie, Sparkles and Horror. Let’s just say, a very famous glove is involved.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is a must-see for October. In the spirit of all things glitter and Halloween: You do not want to miss Boobs of the Dead: A Walking Dead Burlesque!
Review by: Henrietta Hearbreak
In October of 2012 Gorilla Tango Burlesque opened Boobs of the Dead: a Walking Dead burlesque based on the Walking Dead television series. Boobs of the Dead was written by K Leo and choreographed by Erica Reid. The costumes were designed by Rafaela Valderrama. In the show burlesque zombies are hot on the trail of a group of un-transformed survivors led by a local sheriff. As the show proceeds a scientist guides the audience through the stages of the zombie apocalypse. Notable burlesque numbers include a televised strip by a newly infected zombie actress, a group attack number featuring the entire cast and a Micheal Jackson zombie group number.
The cast featured Gorilla Tango Burlesque geek girls including:
Roxie La Rue
The show ran through November of 2012 and is returning to Gorilla Tango Burlesque in January of 2013. Gorilla Tango is located at 1919 N Milwaukee Ave in Chicago IL