Live Review: Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque

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On Thursday, April 16th, Toronto fans had their worlds rocked by the punk/alternative pin-up girl collective known as Suicide Girls. The burlesque show, which took place at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in downtown Toronto, was part of Suicide Girls’ Blackheart Burlesque tour offering everything from choreographed scantily clad women to sexual tongue-in-cheek humor.

This was my first experience at a burlesque show, and as such, this review can be considered a beginner’s guide on what to expect at a Suicide Girls event!

derekbremner-com-0003First lesson: you will be entertained. The show was roughly 90 minutes to two hours long, and not one of those minutes was boring. The girls, who needless to say are all beautiful and unique, are also both talented dancers and singers. The show started with an energetic opening dance routine involving five of the girls performing to a screaming crowd. Each of the dance routines throughout the show were very well choreographed and, well……sexy. While they may not look like the women in mainstream media, the audience was entranced by the scandalous dance numbers and sexual teasing from the diverse set of beautiful women on stage.

Second, you will have fun. After the opening routine, we were introduced to our host Sunny, who set the mood with hilarious sexual jokes, some strip teasing and a few solo numbers of her own. Each of the dance routines had some sort of pop-culture theme; some examples include A Clockwork Orange, Harry Potter, Orange is the New Black, and Star Wars. Sunny even had a few dancing and singing numbers featuring her own sexually-infused lyrics to songs like the theme to Disney’s The Little Mermaid. I found the whole night to be very tongue-in-cheek, with the girls adding sex appeal to a few innocent and not-so innocent themes.

…Which brings me to my next point: you will laugh. While the routines were, of course, downright sexy, many were also truly hilarious. I don’t think I will ever view The Little Mermaid or Hermione Granger the same way after this show, and Sunny’s jokes and sexual innuendo were crafted to be just as funny as they were sexy.

bb7Last but certainly not least, don’t be scared to get involved. The highlights of the night came from the involvement with the audience. Our beautiful host Sunny first brought up three female hopefuls from the crowd to compete in a striptease contest judged by the screaming crowd. While the amateurs may not have had the moves of the Suicide Girls, they were particularly enthusiastic and certainly kept the sexual train rolling. Later in the night, one lucky guy was even called up for a “reading test” rewarding a year’s subscription to SuicideGirls.com if he could pass the test. This was no easy feat, however, as Sunny’s lap dance proved to be rather distracting. Hats off to the man who passed.

What surprised me the most about the show was not only the diversity on stage, but the diversity in the crowd. Young, old, single, couple, gay, straight, didn’t matter. The Suicide Girls seem to transcend demographics and all types of people were there to enjoy the show. Blackheart Burlesque is more than just stripping. It’s about costumes, theatrics, choreography, beauty and fun. So I suggest you bring your friend, girlfriend, wife, or whoever! If you appreciate the female body, seductive choreographed dance, and a party atmosphere, you have to see this show.

 

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