Kiss Kiss Cabaret’s Holiday Spectacular and Sparkle-Fest at Uptown Underground is a very good show, the burlesque is top notch and the theater is beautiful. It runs through December 19 at Uptown Underground.
The Uptown is down a staircase in the corner of a building and it’s like going back in time to a prohibition speakeasy. You’ll half expect to see gangsters sitting at the bar. The room is large with rows of tables and chairs with one long bar against the far wall. The stage juts out toward the audience like a short, wide runway and it makes the shows very intimate.
The dancers are truly amazing, each one does two acts throughout the night. Zatanna Zor-Elle came out with a large veil over her whole head, with tree like branches that had feathers hanging off of them like leaves behind her back and all around her head and upper body. It was a great, dramatic act and of course, she took off almost all of the costume as she floated around the stage. Her other act was a funny Santa themed dance about Santa’s “big north pole” in which she ended up with in pasties and sleigh bells on her butt. It was a funny, entertaining dance.
Slightly Spitfire did an ice princess, jewelry box ballerina type dance in a white fur coat and crown and danced right into the audience. She’s a very good dancer and you can’t take your eyes off of her. Vivi Valens did a dance decked out in a metallic silver sparkling outfit with a silver boa to a Tony Bennett/ lounge act kind of version of “Ice Ice Baby.” She was great and finished mostly naked except for tassels on her pasties and butt which she moved with expert skills!
There was also a magician in the show, The Amazing Tomás who mixes comedy with some attention grabbing tricks.
This is the third time I have seen the Kiss Kiss Cabaret and I would definitely see it again. The person who plays the host changes, but it’s based on a character named Flattery. The host Flattery character is a smug, self important, flippant clod that takes up too much time in between acts. Mo Flattery played the host the night I saw the show and when he went out of character, he was very funny. I understand that time is needed to set up between acts, but I would rather see a bunch of sideshow acts than a boorish front man for what adds up to at least 30 minutes total stage time.
The Uptown Underground is at 4707 N Broadway St and runs a full schedule of shows.