Lady Luck Burlesque: Puttin' On The Ritz
“Burlesque Returns To The Music Hall Historic Theatre After Nearly A Century”
Portsmouth NH’s own Lady Luck Burlesque is bringing Burlesque back to The Music Hall after a century-long hiatus. In the early 1900’s, Burlesque shows such as Henry E. Dixey’s Big Burlesque Co. and The Monte Carlo Burlesque Show played The Music Hall regularly. The scene then suddenly seemed to come to a screeching halt - the last known Burlesque show took the stage in 1910.
Founder/Director Jessica Bettcher (Lady Suzie Harland) felt it a shame that the historic theatre, as well as Portsmouth itself, has been denied such performances as of late. She and her troupe of 18 gorgeous and amazingly talented dancers have decided to bring to the Seacoast something they haven’t seen in far too long.
Bettcher’s “Puttin’ On The Ritz” is a production that tips a hat to Broadway and the 1920s era, and truly embraces Burlesque’s many diverse forms. With over 20 acts, a full band, and polished choreography, Bettcher believes that this show is “truly not to be missed.” Whether you are a fan of the Lady Luck troupe, a history buff, a supporter of The Music Hall, or simply seeking a unique form of entertainment, this show is sure to thrill!
Lady Luck is accompanied by their house band, comprised of a slew of local talents: percussionist Jose Duque, bassist Tim Fife, saxophonist Matt Langley, trumpet player Mark Vigorito, keyboardist Scott Richardson, and led by guitarist Nevin Brown. Alongside the band are the songbirds Paloma Galore, Velvet Crush, and Lady Suzie Harland, who will serenade the audience as the mesmerizing dancers take the stage.
Acts will range from our Burlesque version of Chicago’s “All That Jazz,” to a fringe-filled take on the Charleston. A performance by local talent and special guest singer, Lucie Therrien, includes her gorgeous French rendition of “La Vie en Rose,” and our own Lady Pavlova en pointe. The two delicately compliment one another and pay tribute to a ballet piece originally unveiled in 1915 - Anna Pavlova’s “California Poppy”.
This will be Lady Luck Burlesque’s biggest production yet, with more glitz, glamour, and sass than Portsmouth has ever seen! For more information on the show, or the troupe itself, please visit: www.ladyluckburlesque.com