The Boston Babydolls’ new Halloween show is not only a departure from their usual burlesque offerings but also from almost any staged production featuring scantily clad women.
“We usually do a glamorous, bubbly, 1940s show,” said a performer known as Miss Mina. “This is dark. None of the characters are really all that like-able. We haven’t done a big theatrical endeavor in quite some time. This show incorporates dancing and singing and live music and plot.
“How many burlesque shows out there in general have a plot all the way through?”
Wrathskellar, the 5-year-old troupe’s newest show, runs from Oct. 25 to Oct. 31 at the Cambridge YMCA Theater in Central Square.
“It’s very Sweeney Todd meets Mack the Knife,” another performer, called Scratch, said, referring to the bloody Broadway musical and the velvety Bobby Darin song. “It’s nice to do a change every once in a while.
“It’s been a lot of work and a lot of fun but it’s been challenging for us.”
The troupe will also perform at the Montreal Burlesque Festival this weekend.