“It’s not just a burlesque show; this is the next level,” promised New Orleans’ disrobing diva Trixie Minx, as she described ‘Cupid’s Cabaret,’ a Valentine’s Day variety review. The show, she said, was inspired by the gloriously restored Orpheum Theater, which began as a vaudeville venue in 1921.
Minx said that in order to preserve dramatic surprise, she chose to remain vague about the content of ‘Cupid’s Cabaret,’ but the loose plot line involves a wide-eyed seeker of romantic knowledge (imagine a male Alice in Wonderland) who, under the tutelage of amour-inducing archer Cupid, encounters a string of exotic/eccentric characters.
Or something along those lines.
“I wish I could tell you more, but I really want people to go in with an open mind,” she said.
The aforementioned exotic/eccentric characters include burlesque performers Angelique DeVil, Bobby Bonsey, Madame Mystere, and Roxie le Rouge. Plus contortionist Sam Aquatic, aerialists Brian and Crista Marie, singers Sasha Masakowski and Vinsantos, and pianist David Torkanowsky.
Cupid will be played by Minx herself.
“You can’t keep me off the stage,” she said.
The romance redolent show, which also includes comedy, a body painting demonstration and other interactive possibilities, is suitable for anyone, Minx said, “if you’re a single hot mama or if you’ve been married 100 years.”
The evening starts at 6 with a Champagne reception that segues into a three-course dinner, followed by the show at 8. Balcony seats are available for those who do not care to dine.
Minx said that the Valentine’s Day variety show is the most ambitious production she’s ever attempted (in partnership with the Orpheum) and she hopes it will lead to future neo-vaudeville events.
“I’m hoping this show opens people’s eyes and minds to a new kind of entertainment,” she said. “My highest hope is that people fall in love with the show and each other.”