To any nightlife fan in Philadelphia, it is no secret that the city’s burlesque scene is as strong — if not stronger — than it was in the art form’s heyday during the first half of the 20th century. Week after week, colorful and, of course, sexy performers grace beautiful stages and tantalize packed audiences with their own lively and often hilarious takes on music from every era.
EnVoute: Magic Burlesque is one of the city’s premiere burlesque troupes. On the last Sunday of every month, its rotating cast of stellar performers pack the gorgeous L’Etage stage in Queen Village to capacity with their unique shows. Curator “Adam,” who is also the founder of the equally successful Olde City Cabaret, ensures that his shows are always chock-full of entertainment that almost anyone can relate to.
This month, Adam and his troupe close out the summer with their show “An Ode to Wes Anderson,” which, as its name implies, celebrates the vibrant work of one of the most cherished independent directors in Hollywood.
“Wes Anderson is a theme that strikes a chord with many members of the troupe,” Adam said. “Not only is the quirky, stylish and vintage look something we embrace in all our shows but, like our Addams Family and Lost Generation productions, it is very typecast.”
The troupe’s ode to Anderson promises everything from the eccentricity of the Tenenbaums (from Anderson’s "The Royal Tenenbaums") to the whimsy of "Moonrise Kingdom." In addition to Adam himself, performers include The Amazing Brettzo, Little Miss Rollerhoops, Mary Jane Twatson, Tootsie Von Cuspid and Marion St. James. The hosts for the festivities will be local burlesque star Liberty Rose and stand-up comedian Hannah Harkness; both will, like the rest of the cast, be decked out as signature Anderson characters.
“The characters represent all the aspects of our eccentric and close-knit family,” Adam said. “It’s a fantastical, vibrant, beautiful and quirky show that really strives to capture Anderson's style.”
Tickets for EnVoute’s "Ode to Wes Anderson" are $15 and can be bought in advance or at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show kicks off promptly at 8 p.m. In addition to the performances, audience members may also purchase raffle tickets for $1 apiece that promise “interesting prizes.”
Future EnVoute events at L’Etage include next month’s "Kinky Leather and Lace" show as well as a "21st Century Penny Dreadful" event.