Roundup: More “Burlesque” in Vegas, Marilyn Pinup Suit, Kitten on the Keys Avante Musical

1. and The Press Association report that former Spice Girl Mel B. will be heading her own burlesque show in Vegas in March.

From The Press Association, Mel B says:

“It’s a burlesque, singing, dancing show. I’m scared actually now, come to think of it. A whole show by myself. But it will be fun.”

According to the official press release, starting in March, “PEEPSHOW is a modern burlesque show created specifically for the dynamic, glamorous audience that exists only in the adult playground of Las Vegas. A highly stylized, full-throttle production show that combines sexy striptease and celebrity with high-level production values and a dash of passion, PEEPSHOW is a collaboration between Tony award-winning director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell and Las Vegas entertainment pacesetter BASE Entertainment.”

The show will also feature Kelly Monaco (of “Dancing With the Stars” and “General Hospital” fame), as well as 20 more dancers and an all-female band.


2. Las Vegas Weekly and LAT blog report that porn star Tera Patrick has plans of her own to open a burlesque show in Vegas.

Looks like details are still on the hush, but the confident Tera Patrick says:

“I’m moving away from porn and shopping for a new home for the burlesque show we have created. I’m even working with two professional dancers who star with Bette Midler nightly at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace! It’s an extension of what I did when I danced at Ivan Kane’s 40 Deuce club at Mandalay Bay. We’ve done a sexy surprise sneak peek to hint at what I’m bringing to Vegas, and everybody is amazed by it. We know there are other topless cabaret shows in Vegas, and we’re not knocking them. We’re so different. We can’t be accused of being copy-cats, but there will surely be people copying us when they see us.”

Will be interesting, for sure.

3. The Journal News reports that the lawsuit over some “lost” photos from Marilyn Monroe’s final photo session with Bert Stern (“The Last Sitting”) was finally settled.

The litigation started when celebrity photographer Bert Stern, 78, who shot Marilyn Monroe nearly nude in a famous session just weeks before her death in 1962, found out that two northern Westchester photographers, Don Penny and Michael Weiss, were in possession of nine of the photographs and wouldn’t turn them over. He sued them to regain possession, and they countersued. The out-of-court deal announced this week ends the litigation and sets up a deal for all of them to earn profits from the lost photos of the Hollywood icon.

The old photos were found on the street in the 1970s not far from Stern’s former studio. The man who discovered them, Robert Bryan, a colleague of Penny and Weiss, kept them in a shoebox for 35 years. Bryan is also a party to the settlement.

The pictures were taken at the Bel-Air Hotel in July 1962, six weeks before Monroe’s death of a drug overdose. Two of the photos were marked by Monroe herself as her preferences for publication.

4. OK, in real burlesque news…

Worldwide entertainer and burlesque emcee (and the most adorable pianist EVAR), Kitten on the Keys, is finally putting on her very own one-woman show!

The production, “Does This Piano Make My Ass Look Big?”, is set to premiere in late March at Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory in San Francisco. More details to come soon.

In the meantime, there is a benefit show to raise funds for the production, on February 15th in SF. Living Legend Satan’s Angel is slated to perform, as well as a venerable who’s who of the SF scene.

From the listing:

Save the Date!
Valentine’s Weekend! Set your heart on FIRE!

2/15/09 Legendary Burlesque Queen
SATAN’s Angel LIVE in San Francisco!

Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory
Epi Center for Queer and Activist Performance
11th and Mission

Early Show 6:30-9:30

Fundraiser for Artist in Residence avante musical: Does This Piano
Make My Ass Look Big?
by Suzanne Ramsey aka Kitten on the Keys late March 2009 Back Alley
Sally Cabaret theater

Satans Angel
Scenic Sisters Sid Scenic herself!
Lady Monster
Diamond Daggers
Honey Lawless
Dottie Lux
Lady Satan
Very Frightening Mr Tinkler
Kitten on the Keys
and MANY more TBA!

Promised Silent Auctions Items and Donations/Grants:
Holiday O’Hara
Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence
Tushell Bad Attitude Boutique
Tracy from the Devilettes Soaps and Lip Glosses
Augusta from It’s a Chick

Lily Cat Melinda Stage Goddess and MUCH MORE!
Lily le Rouge

PLEASE note Satan’s Angel will be selling 8 X 10’s and memorabila at
this event!

Go Kitten!

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