On May 17 and 18, Dita Von Teese and friends performed 4 jaw dropping SOLD OUT shows at the Roxy in West Hollywood. The nights were emceed by legendary NYC comedian Murray Hill and featured some of the best in burlesque, with performances by Raja from “Ru Paul’s Drag Race,” Lada, La Cholita, Monsieur Romeo, Perle Noir, and Diamondback Annie. It was truly a night of beauty, mayhem, booby shakes, and delicate pasties!
Every costume Dita wore (and took off) was exquisite. I had never seen her in person before, and I have to say she is a true vision. Every inch of her is impeccable, and she literally looks like she stepped off the page of a ’40s pinup magazine or an old movie you’d watch on AMC with your Nana. And her waist! O-M-G, it is TINY! She makes Scarlett O’Hara look like the Kool-Aid Man!
Inside the Roxy, there were those who bought seats and those, like myself, who had general admission standing room only. Dividing the sitters and the standers was a runway stretching out from the stage. Since my girlfriend and I got there early, we were able to stand against the runway and basically be right in the middle of all the action. So close that Dita hit my girlfriend in the face with a giant Japanese fan (So awesome! And don’t worry, she was very sweet and apologized.)
Highlights of Dita’s show included her splashing around in a giant martini glass, watching her emerge from a giant compact then powdering herself with a big powder puff, and for her finale, a beautiful and elaborate Asian-themed act set to matching background music that was actually cleverly disguised versions of “Lullabye” by The Cure and “Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn and John.
In between all the performances, Murray Hill kept the crowd in stitches. I laughed so hard and smiled so much that my face literally hurt. If you aren’t familiar with Murray, he has this certain charm about him. His schtick is that he dresses like an olden timey Catskills, NY comedian with polyester suits and a snazzy tie for every occasion. He’s got so many tongue-in-cheek one liners that you have to mentally jog to keep up.
Murray has been an acclaimed NY night life fixture for many years, hosting burlesque shows, bingo nights, Christmas extravaganzas, and the annual Miss Lez Pageant. Besides TV and films, he has appeared in many music videos, toured with Le Tigre, hosted The Gossip, and introduced the Beastie Boys, Antony and The Johnsons, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, to name a few. Basically, they don’t call him “the hardest working middle-aged man in show business” for nothing!!
Dita and Murray also performed a similar show late last year in LA, so this was their second stint together. Since they have had two hugely successful runs, I’m hoping this means that the two of them will be back again soon. If you didn’t get to catch them before, you definitely need to nab tickets if any future shows are announced.
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