Dita Von Teese was glittering and magnificent in The Art of the Teese. She moved like a classy cat- confident and seductive- slyly making eye contact with the audience and then sashaying away. Dita gave a flawless performance on her opening night in New York City’s Gramercy Theatre to a sold out crowd that lined up around the block to adore her.
The Art of the Teese pays homage to the legendary burlesque acts of yesteryear, bringing back the classic martini glass that Dita opened with, complete with a giant olive sponge that she used to squeeze “vodka” over herself repeatedly. Quita B flaunted Josephine Baker’s famous banana skirt and pearl necklace, while Dita’s later “Lazy Chaise” act is reminiscent of Marlene Dietrich in “The Laziest Gal in Town”.
Points to Dita for Diversity- the nine acts blended all levels of sexuality and size, including powerhouse host Murray Hill (a self admitted spanks wearer from Brooklyn) whose radiant energy and brilliant wit engaged and held the show securely in jeweled hands. Dirty Martini’s ample “Mae West” was delish and Ginger Valentine’s series of pinup poses on a giant, heart-shaped scaffold was the perfect holiday gift.
Dita’s reputation for sexy elegance is far reaching, as evidenced by audience members Shalissa and her husband, who flew in for the night to see the show from South Carolina. Shalissa used the word “plush” to describe Catherine D’Lish’s creative routine, which had her opening safes to bejewel and layer her own laced assets. I had to agree.
It was lovely to see male “kittens” incorporated into the night, as the two “Von” boys (who accompanied Dita in every routine) sexily exchanged her Swarovski encrusted, lady droppings for gorgeous ostrich-sleeved robes and huge feather fans. The boy toys showed off their prowess (and dancing ability) in traditional black ballet tights as ex-ballet dancer Dita dominated in toe shoes ala The Black Swan from Swan Lake. Boylesque “Zorro” (Jett Adore) swung his cape mightily while treating the crowd to glimpses of his robust, beaded codpiece.
The show’s finale delighted with a seemingly unending rain of glitter as Dita rode a rotating, hot pink, bucking bull with crystal-studded horns, sponsored in part by Swarovski.
A word to the wise- unless you purchased an actual seat- leave your heels at home.