Capital City Burlesque is no stranger to rock ‘n’ roll.
The troupe’s previously used the AC/DC songbook as a launchpad for its tassel-clad turns, in its revue For Those About To Rock, and paid homage to the king of rock ‘n’ roll with its Fringe hit, Space Ladies from Planet Elvis. But with Moustache Pride, Capital City’s broadening beyond a single artist’s scope, paying tribute to a time when a full, bristly ‘stache was as much a mark of rock ‘n’ roll as denim jackets and guitar solos. Heart, Alice Cooper, Scorpions and Led Zeppelin are among era-bands whose music is being used in the show, which also debuts a fresh batch of dances for Capital City.
“This show, we’re doing a lot of new choreography,” troupe member Audra Dacity explains, in a phone call. “We have four new group numbers, and our largest group number is going to be 17 ladies onstage. That’s one of the biggest group numbers that we’ve done.”
Capital City has always filtered its burlesque through ambitious, expansive channels of pop-culture—every sort of figure, from Darth Vader to Oompa Loompas, have graced their numbers—which, Dacity notes, gives the troupe an uncommon spin on the art form.
“It wouldn’t be what you traditionally expect, if you’re going to a burlesque show,” she says. “But I think it gives you a little bit more opportunity to have that humour and parody and unexpected [elements] that we always strive for, because it gets a really great reaction from the audience as well.”
For Moustache Pride, CCB will have a trio of openers—Violette Coquette, Mario Acosta-Cevallos and Les Trois Femme—as well as the backing of a live band: the Amy van Keeken Viking Fiasco, set to add the extra oomph of a live rock band’s energy to the dances. (and all of the troupe’s merch sales at the show will be donated to the Red Cross for Fort McMurray relief efforts.)
“We also have to do the band’s interpretation [of the songs],” Dacity notes. “How are they doing timing? Are they truly doing all of the crescendos or beats or hits in the music that a lot of times we put our choreography to?
“When you pull the music that you wouldn’t maybe traditionally expect for burlesque, it just allows you that ability to expand beyond what you might just be—I don’t want to say stuck [on], but what people sometimes just go-to for their go-to music.”
Sat, May 14 (8 pm)
With Violette Coquette, Mario Acosta-Cevallos, Les Trois Femme
Citadel Theatre, $30, 18+