All sass in burlesque show

BEAUTIES: Headliner Bonita Danger Doll in this month’s Bananarama Burlesque show at Uxbridge. Photo supplied.

With an all-new cast, some of the country’s finest vaudeville talent and a live band, the Bananarama Burlesque Show is shaping up to be one spectacular night out.

The fun-filled, sassy performance, on May 20 at Uxbridge Arts and Culture Centre, harks back to the burlesque shows of old, where beauties and comedians shared the stage, guaranteeing everyone a good time.

That was the motivation behind the original production of the show, says producer and owner of Va-Va-Voom Productions, Natalie Hugill, who was inspired by the American burlesque shows of the 30s and 40s.

Advance shows of Bananarama Burlesque at Uxbridge sold out in 2015, and now they’re back, Ms Hugill expects tickets will disappear just as fast as they did then – but don’t bring your kids to this one.

It’s an R18 show – with variety, creativity and pizzazz – and even better than what it was in 2015.

“It was a brilliant night and so much fun last time, and this one is going to be fabulous,” said the Whitford resident, who also stars in the show as Lilly Loca.

Hosting the show at Uxbridge is a nostalgic experience, she said.

Ms Hugill grew up in east Auckland and first took up drama classes at the centre as part of the Howick Youth Theatre, and now is looking forward to returning to host this month’s burlesque comedy.