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The Atomic Bombshells shimmy and strut at The Triple Door
The Atomic Bombshells shimmy and strut at The Triple Door
by Jessica Browning - SGN A&E Writer

The Atomic Bombshells August 29 @ The Triple Door An evening of lovely ladies, delectable food and drink, tassels and spangles galore? Count me in every time.

Once again, the folks at The Triple Door brought Seattle's own Atomic Bombshells back for two nights (two performances each) to delight and charm the pants right off their audience.

The Atomic Bombshells are a troupe of flirtatious, yet always in control, burlesque practitioners, some of whom were original members of the Shim Sham Revue based in the heart of New Orleans. Having been inspired by the best of the best of burlesque's heyday, the girls set out to bring a touch of the modern to otherwise traditional roots, always honoring idols such as Gypsy Rose Lee, Sally Rand (of ostrich feather fan dance fame) as well as lesser known favorites, such as Wild Cherry and Kitty West. Now at home in Seattle, the troupe strives to remain active on the Northwest's and national burlesque scene, appearing at various dinner theaters and other establishments who appreciate the kind of girls that can glam it up and put on a show.

Miss Indigo Blue, a skilled and lovely talent and tassel twirler in her own right, is an instructor - locally, as well as in San Francisco - several times a year.

I attended the second week's early show and enjoyed an excellent dinner with friends at one of the theater's luxurious booths. Part of the experience of attending any event at The Triple Door is arriving early enough to hang around the lounge area for appetizers and drinks, then head into the main room for more top notch care from the wait staff as dinner and more drinks are served. Seating is usually on a first come-first serve basis, so in addition to enjoying the company of friends, arriving early is the easiest way to be shown to the best possible seats.

Having said that, every table at the Triple Door is a good one and well worth the price of admission. Known for their superior acoustics and ornate stage and lighting, you can see and hear perfectly from anywhere in the venue.

Right on time, dashing host Jasper McCann announced that the evening's performance was being filmed for a documentary. Perfect! The audience was primed and ready, the anticipation and eagerness of a burlesque crowd to cut loose and have a great time is always thick in the air. The ladies and gentleman in attendance want to be wowed, and the attendees are as diverse as they are wide-eyed.

Glancing around the room, there were older ladies and their husbands (likely fans of the craft from years gone by), plenty of young ladies inspired by the sheer bravado and star power, as well as appreciative lesbians couples and gay fans with their dates out for an evening of thrills. Oddly enough, straight single males are the least of those in attendance. But no matter. Every fan of burlesque agrees on a good time and the power of a pretty lady.

The Bombshells began their set with a bang, briefly showing off an introductory "Charm School" routine complete with fans and thigh-highs. Next, 60's New Orleans showgirl Wild Cherry took the stage, telling jokes and reminiscing about her past life as pictures from her prime flashed on screen. Although charming, Wild Cherry's humor seemed a little bewildering to a gathering so eager to get the show started. Just when attention started to wane, Jasper appeared again and introduced the newest member to the fold, the lovely blond Ruby Mimosa, whose charming smile brought everyone's attention right back to center stage. The petite but commanding Ivy came out next, performing her signature "I'm Beginning To See The Light" number from behind a screen where a bouncing, glowing light becomes her pet as Ivy dances and playfully bats it away and blows it kisses. Next, the sultry Honey Deluxe wiggled her way through a mermaid dance, and was joined by Ivy again for the triple threat '"Three Little Pigs" tap dance.

I noticed that in comparison to other shows, the pacing of this event seemed a little different, perhaps due to filming of the documentary or the insertion of Wild Cherry as guest comedienne. At any rate, things kicked into high gear with Lily Vanderloo's breathtaking feathered bird routine, mostly performed en pointe, her dance training apparent and expertly put to use. Lily's costuming is elegant and a cut above the rest, with her Philip Treacy- like plumed hat and feathered bodice. Lily is a crowd pleaser and a consummate professional in every way. Another favorite of mine is Fanny in Flames, the tall redhead who always steals the show in my book. This time Fanny performed a sassy lion-tamer routine, complete with tassels, knee-length boots, and a bullwhip. Three honeys crouched atop small pedestals, wagging their tails and obeying every one of Fanny's teasing commands. Adorable.

Fanny's contributions to the choreography are typically some of the most creative- her garden-ivy-gone-wild routine from the last round of shows at the Triple Door blew me away. Kitten Larue also deserves a special mention, as her sweet face and naughty grin are always beaming and exude such confidence.

The Atomic Bombshells will likely return to The Triple Door for their second annual holiday show, but until then you can catch these fabulous girls as they begin a two-month residency at Seattle's oldest vaudeville room, the Columbia City Theatre, from September 8 through November 24.

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