Vive le France!

Celebrate Bastille Day with Burlesque

There’s even a burlesque musical in town. Jazz hands! Twirl, twirl!

By Laura Dannen July 14, 2010

Cass King stars as Shine Mionne in Shine: A Burlesque Musical. Photo courtesy Frank Julian Roberts, Helianthus Photography.

If you’ve gotten your fill of gypsy jazz and crepes (your fill of crepes?Impossible!) at Cafe Campagne, Campagne, Le Pichet and Bastille in Ballard, there’s a slightly more …adult way to celebrate the storming of the Bastille through the weekend.

Tonight’s Nightcap at the Triple Door: L’edition Francaise features new dance and burlesque numbers by Lily Verlaine (artistic director and choreographer of the Burlesque Nutcracker), Kitten LaRue (artistic director and choreographer of the Atomic Bombshells) and Olivier Wevers (artistic director and choreographer of dance supergroup Whim W’Him) set to music by French heavyweights Serge Gainsbourg, Francoise Hardy, France Gall, and Brigitte Bardot. I’m curious what Wevers has in store, since I haven’t seen him on the small stage since Whim W’Him debuted at On the Boards in January.

And through July 18 at Theatre Off Jackson, Shine: A Burlesque Musical takes the tradition of late 19th-century burlesque (a whole lotta song and dance, bawdy humor, and of course, le striptease) and turns it into a fairly heartwarming story about burlesque club owner Shine Mionne (co-writer Cass King) trying to save the derelict theater she calls home from gentrification. Seattle burlesque star Inga Ingenue, the Little Blonde Bomb, choreographs the show, and scenesters might recognize Roxie Moxie in the ensemble. It’s getting really positive buzz—it won a Vancouver Ovation Award for outstanding new work, will travel to the New York Fringe Festival next month, and had at least one local tweeter saying ‘quirkiness, raunch, great songs. I’m seeing it again!’ With songs like ‘Large and in Charge,’ ‘The Nasty,’ and ‘Humpin’ the Dream,’ I can understand the thrill. 18+; Thu-Sun. Tickets are $25-$45 on

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