The Heat is On for Quinn Lemley who is furiously finishing rehearsals for the upcoming five-day Burlesque to Broadway run at the Kelowna Community Theatre.
From the Glenn Frey song to James Bond theme songs, the singing, dancing over-the-top musical indulgence takes a tremendous amount of energy to produce.
“There’s only three of us on stage, so there’s a lot of choreography,” says the star and creator of the show.
Lemley is joined on stage by performers Natalie Bell and Stacey Harris, and a 10 piece band, and gives her audience a tour through old world Hollywood as she learned it from her grandmother’s knee.
“I spent every day growing up with her and she was my best friend in the whole world,” she said. “I would go over every day and we would watch Carol Brunette and Sonny and Cher.”
Her grandmother explained how Carol Burnett’s show was effectively burlesque, a bunch of witty one-liners and all about the tease, and how sonny and Cher resembled vaudeville.
She learned to appreciate Ruth Etting’s “Love me or Leave Me” and the 10-cent dances that kept girls earning a dime during wartime. Fanny Brice’s burlesque review, so aptly marked on Broadway by Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl, obviously left an impression.
May West built an appreciation for good lines, like: “A hard man is good to find—baud, bum.”
Soon Lemley was writing her own glamour shows, including Burlesque to Broadway.
“It really runs the gamete from Cole Porter and his girlie girl three-part harmonies to Tom Jones pop with She’s a Lady,” said Lemley.
Thanks to Randy Zahara, theatre manager and artistic director for the show, $5 of every performance goes to the B.C. Cancer Foundation, an apt tribute considering Lemley’s grandmother died of cancer.
Burlesque to Broadway runs Nov. 1 to 5 in the Kelowna Community Theatre. Tickets are available at www.selectyourtickets.com