We had a great night at The Jigglewatts’ Technicolor Tease show on Friday. The show was at the Beauty Ballroom and brought in a great crowd. M.C. Nicole Lucas was hilarious as usual. She’s a stand up comedienne who really knows how to keep the momentum going and the show running smoothly, even when little unplanned hiccups happen between acts. She’s a very funny gal and worth checking out if you get the chance.
Lots of feathers, tassels and glitter lips, with 17, count ‘em, 17, numbers that made for a memorable three hour show split into three parts. Ruby Joule, Coco Lectric, Goldie Candela and Pearl Lux each had two solo numbers, and Jolie Ampere Goodnight and Ruby Lamb each got to perform three. There were also a few group numbers, with the whole troupe coming together for a crowd-pleasing finale. Here are some highlights from each performer.
The ever-so-leggy Goldie Candela opened the show with a really sexy number, wearing a long mermaid inspired green-blue dress. It was a sultry little number set to driving saxaphone music. Her other solo piece was a retro beach pinup style number in which she wore an adorable two-piece swimsuit and playfully threw a beach ball into the crowd. She also did a funny and sexy duet with Pearl Lux that was a nice point-counter point spoof on the conflict between two classic, yet very different, beauties: Marilyn Monroe and Jackie O.
Jolie Ampere Goodnight
Miss Goodnight wowed the crowd as she sang the songbook classic “Summertime” while performing a sexy striptease. She wore a beautiful floor length black dress with sparkly crystals and teal skirt fringe. It seems that song was made for burlesque, and she was made to sing that kind of sultry song. Her second number was also a slow jazz selection, but this time she put down the microphone and focused solely on the dance, getting a little dirtier with a classic bump n’ grind that the crowd loved. Lastly, she belted out "My Daddy Rocks Me (With One Steady Roll)" for her third number, pumping up her tantalizing charm for the suggestive 1920s song.
Then of course there is the amazing Coco Lectric. As we’ve mentioned before, she teaches dance classes and never misses a chance to show off her fabulous moves. Her first number seemed to come straight out of a Havana nightclub. Dressed in a gorgeous red dress and set to a Cuban number by Ricky Ricardo, she shimmied her way through the number, transitioned into another song, playfully let her hair down, then ended the number with a dramatic and impressive drop into a full split. This is why people go nuts for Coco Lectric! Her second number was one that I’d seen before, but would love to see again and again: a beautiful ballet fan dance (en pointe!) in which she channels Cleopatra. Coco has the dark, mysterious eyes and the superb skills for such a number. She’s phenomenal.
Now I know that The Jigglewatts have a good amount of neo-burlesque in their repertoire, but I was really unprepared for Ruby Lamb’s first number, and it struck a chord with me. The best way I can describe it was as a futuristic, punk circus act. Half doll, half harlequin, she grooved to an unusual back beat song with an easy robotic motion. I simply love love loved this one and hope to catch it again at another show. Her second solo number was campy and cute, and involved her throwing candy to the audience. Beth described it as “Goldie Hawn meets Bjork,” intending that as a compliment. She also did a quirky little routine to “Hide Behind My Glasses” by Fishbone. Miss Lamb definitely has her own unique style of burlesque dress that we found intriguing.
Pearl Lux has got some legs! Actually she’s got everything, and performed two great pieces. One was a straight-up classic can-can dance that she performed dressed in an eye-catching red and black burlesque outfit, complete with magnificently ruffled petticoat, fancy striped stockings and tall feathers in her hair. Just like the classic can-can showgirls of a century ago, miss Lux wowed the crowd with some wonderful high kicks, showing off her amazing dexterity. Her second number opened with her strutting with a parasol to “I love him in the Springtime, And I love him in the Fall, But last night, on the back porch, I love him best of all!” What seemed like a very demure burlesque costume with full skirt and petticoat playfully revealed almost all when she turned around. This fun medley transitioned to a Sinatra tune from the 60s, “Summer Wind,” and was a great number with lovely choreography and costuming.
No Jigglewatts show would be complete without “The jewel you’d love to polish”: Ruby Joule. Her first number, a fun Rio de Janeiro-inspired piece, had a great thumping bassline and a disguises theme. She pulled a few funny props out of a suitcase and expertly hammed it up for the crowd with each one before getting serious and sexy in her hot little Carnival costume. The number ended with some serious tassel twirling that went a little further than (even she) anticipated :). But as is to be expected with Ruby, her classiness and effortless poise saved the day.
Ruby Joule, Coco Lectric, Pearl Lux and Goldie Candela performed a tantalizing tease in which they partially concealed themselves behind a long silk scarf. The song by Gotan Project had a driving, pumping tango-inspired beat that was a perfect fit for this exotic and sexy number. For the finale, the whole troupe pulled together to dance a giggly, girly cabaret routine set to “Bring on the Men” from the musical Jekyll & Hyde. It was a joy to watch and also to listen to, with both Jolie Goodnight and Coco Lectric taking turns singing. It was a great high-energy number to end the show with.
It was a lovely show with all great talent up on stage, and a very good crowd. The Jigglewatts never disappoint and I have to recommend that you go see these gals. The crazy amount of work they must put into their shows remains cleverly hidden away, but I know it takes a lot to do a production like this. Hope to see you at the next Jigglewatts burlesque event.