I’m so excited to be working with Anna Fur Laxis and the Shanghai School of Burlesque on another show at the Pearl. This all-new show, Guilty Pleasures, is a ‘crime & punishment’-themed cabaret featuring song, circus acts, and striptease. Yours truly is delighted to co-producing and performing in the show.
One of the reasons that I do drag is because I love playing with tropes of masculinity. I was thinking a few weeks ago: what is the quintessential male stripper act? It dawned on me– the stripper cop.
My other acts center on more androgynous caricatures: the newspaper boy, the charming devil, the boy band crooner. This one I decided to go balls-to-the-wall and give it my best shot.
Right now the act is still in development but this is what I’m thinking. A three- or four-part mashup like the kind real male strippers use to some groovy but definitely masculine songs, starting with some siren sound effects, maybe a bass line.
Second, a slice of Patrick Stump’s “Cute Girls.”
Followed by an oldie-but-goodie, Ludacris’ “What’s Your Fantasy?”
And I’m thinking– but I’m not 100% sure yet– ending with George Thorogood’s “Bad to the Bone.”
The problem is I’m not sold on the last song. I definitely want it to be a rock song and it can’t be too fast as it’s the last bit of my routine and I want it to still be sensual. My other thought was perhaps “Pour Some Sugar on Me” but it’s not necessarily related to the theme.
What do you think, guys? Any suggestions appreciated!