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We are going to Germany!

Peek Takes Germany

We are proud to announce our biggest and sparkliest burlesque news in the 18 years of Peek-A-Boo Revue history. No, we’re not having a baby… Peek Takes GermanyWE ARE GOING TO GERMANY! The Munich Burlesque Festival invited us to be their headliners on April 1st, 2017 which will be followed by a short German tour. Our show will be presented in its entirety (and we’ll teach a few classes) in a country outside of the US for the very first time. This is an honor which could not have been achieved without your patronage and support. While we are indeed ecstatic, we could definitely use some help getting there. You knew that’s where we were going with this, right?

Just how you can help? Read on and check out our awesome video below!

1. Donate to our GoFundMe campaign or simply share the link with your friends gofundme.com/peektakesgermany. No donation is too big or too small!

2. See a show!

3. Come to the fundraiser classes on February 25th at the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy. Details coming soon!

Win Tickets to Our Show on April 29th!

Instagram Contest

We are giving away two tickets to our upcoming show, Filmstrips, on April 29th at The Trocadero in Philadelphia! How to enter for a chance to win:

1. Follow us on Instagram @peekaboorevue.Instagram Contest

2. Post a SELFIE on your Instagram account along with your favorite MOVIE QUOTE in the body of the post. *You get bonus points for doing something in your photo that represents the movie you are quoting.* Anything goes as long as you keep it safe for social media!

3. Tag us: @peekaboorevue.

4. Use this hashtag: #filmstripsphilly.

Entries must be submitted by 11:59pm on Thursday, April 28th. The winner will be announced on the morning of April 29th. You must be 21 or older to win the tickets! Tickets $50 value. We will repost your entry!

The Trocadero
1003 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA
Doors open 8pm / Show 9pm

The movies are coming to life in a candy coated burlesque package this Spring. Vintage flicks, cult classics, comedies, horrors, and more will be birthed in a world where cabaret and SINema collide! There won’t be a silver screen here; The Boo is bringing shiny silver sequin to the stage instead!

Skip the Skittles and forget the Twizzlers because the dancing gals are providing the eye candy! They will high kick, hip bump, and shimmy-shake to the strip-tastic soundtrack played live by the Striptease Orchestra. You will laugh, but you won’t cry, as Peek-A-Boo’s impish emcees take you on one burlesque troupe’s journey through moving pictures. Grab your ticket, silence your phone, and come ready to make noise for the stripteasers and funny bone pleasers!

Meet the Performers: Joey Martini Part 1

Joey Martini at The Queen

Bawdy, bald, and blue eyed, Joey Martini is one of Peek-A-Boo’s hosts with the most. He brings his cheeky vaudevillian charm to the stage, along with kilos of rhinestones, to win over audiences in Philly and beyond every time! Joey answers Ginger Leigh’s questions in Part 1 of this Meet the Performers interview.

What was your first experience as a performer?
…Hahaha well, to tell you the truth, my first experience as a performer was in the mid 1970′s throwing tantrums as a child. What performances those were…These shows I would do for free, but they always came at a price; the price of a spanking for mouthing off. Now this wasn’t the reward I was looking for at the time and quickly learned to change my tune when it came to my spontaneous artistic craft. As a performer, we all have to start somewhere and to have this epiphany at an early age was pivotal to my career. So after some brainstorming, I reworked my act and then all the pieces all started to fall into place. I decided to put on shows for my Mom & Dad. Small productions in the living room. One was called “Gettin’ Daddy a beer” (this was a one man show about the trials and tribulations of thirst, all done to a jaunty song – it was magnificent and I was hooked. Others include: “Tub-time strip” which segued into the classic “I got Bubbles for hair” – these no one showed up for, sadly…) My parents had lots of friends around the neighborhood and they also had children around my age, so it wasn’t long before these little one-man shows evolved into bigger shows and since our families all hung out with each other once or twice a week, it was always a guaranteed audience. We didn’t have to flyer the neighborhood or take out ads in the town fanzine or anything. We were small-time and even back then, had an assurance of food, travel, room and board after the show. Sure they skimped on the pay-out, but It was brilliant! These suckers LOVED everything we did! Since then I never looked back.

Do you remember your first Peek-A-Boo show? What was your first number?
My first Peek-a-Boo show, I wasn’t supposed to be in at all. I was riding high performing “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Harwan Theatre in Mt. Ephraim NJ. with THEE shadowcast at the time ‘The Transducer Players’. Ex-Transducer, Count Scotchula at the time had already moved into Philadelphia years prior and was making a name for himself producing band flyers and networking (aka whoring) himself into shows. He approached two of the Rocky Horror shadowcast members, Dawn & Linette about doing a number for this new show at a place called “The Five Spot”. (I don’t believe it was called ‘The Peek-a-Boo Revue’ back then, but I could be wrong.) The show was on a Wednesday night and it was part of Philadelphia’s “Make it a Wednesday” campaign. A night of free parking after 5pm, discounted dining, movie tickets, etc… do they still have this? It was great. One shows in particular, Linette couldn’t make it out and I was asked to fill in for Scotchy’s number ‘Name your poison’ from a movie called “The Return of Captain Invincible” – Richard O’Brien and Richard Hartley from The Rocky Horror Picture Show collaborated 3 songs for the film and this was one of them. After this number, I knew my Rocky Horror days were numbered. I was hooked.

Who inspires you in the burlesque world?
Oh wow, great question My Peek-a-Boo Family is obviously at the top of my list but there are a LOT more from all around the world, I couldn’t possible name them all. But I do know they all have one thing in common: The artistry, or what Gypsy Rose Lee called “Illusion” – I love being taken on a journey and to forget my troubles (if only for 3-5 minutes at a time). Burlesque performers are quite creative – it’s more than just stripping. There is a lot of thought that goes into a number and these people make it look effortless.

What is your favorite thing about Count Scotchula?
Count Scotchula is by far (in my opinion) the most interesting man alive. I have known him for nearly 30 years and he still has the ability to amaze me. He is a very caring man and lives to support the arts in Philadelphia any way he can. He approaches everything head on and isn’t afraid of failure. “Falling forward” he puts it. Give it your all and if it doesn’t work out according to plan, you “Fall forward”, never back. He follows his passions. All of em. Every single passion this man has, he has followed. Music, Illustrating, film-making, the arts, burlesque, producer, etc… every single one. He is always in your corner and also has the uncanny ability to recycle and reuse fabric to create costumes like no one I have ever met. It’s borderline crazy/genius and he makes it work. I love that man.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of Meet the Performers: Joey Martini!

Meet the Performers:
Sophie Sucre

Sophie Sucre by ChrisKPhotography

You know her as Peek-A-Boo Revue’s sugar and spice and everything nice, but this burlesque performer is more than beauty and talent. Smart, grounded, and funny, she is here to tell you what dreams, inspirations, and fears brought Sophie Sucre into existence!

Born: Feb 10Sophie Sucre by ChrisKPhotography
Sign: Aquarius
Born: Guyana, South America
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Joined Peek-A-Boo Revue: Summer 2009

Artistic Inspirations or Icons: Eartha Kitt, Nina Simone, Miles Davis- Blue in Green, Erykah Badu, The Refugees, Mrs. Lauryn Hill, Josephine Baker, 1990s Hip Hop and R&B, Stax Records/Soul Music, Mary J. Blige, Girl Groups of 90s R&B, Beale St and BB King.

Childhood Fantasy: To be a performer on a Kids TV show: Kids Bop, Zoom, Mickey Mouse Club, Double Dare, Legends of the Hidden Temple– although that talking head freaked me out.

Childhood Fear: My Grandma took pleasure in pushing her dentures out at me. To her it was hilarious, to me she looked like the Aliens monster when that second smaller head emerges from the mouth. I still get scared thinking about it,

Teen Fantasy: To be a Latin Ballroom Champion. On Friday nights, the local Memphis PBS station would air the international Latin Ballroom competitions from 9pm-2am. I used the wooden bottom base bannister of my childhood home as my partner. How I never broke my toe is amazing.

Teen Fear: Being stuck. Not specific to any place or time, but always feeling like I would be stuck somewhere, and never able to move forward.

College: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Degree: BFA Dance and Choreography, minor Editorial Journalism
A piece of me will always be in Richmond, VA. I came into myself there, definitely became an adult there. I still have dear and amazing friends there, which give me a reason to go back from time to time. An amazing city for the arts; and a gold mind of some of the most interesting, beautiful, and complex human beings I know. Love you RVA!
Sophie Sucre's Fan Dance by ChrisKPhotography
Current Dreams/Goals: I’d like to go back to school for a Masters degree. Forcing myself to decide on what area of study is the first step. I hope to travel more as a performer. I really hope to see London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, and to go to Brazil and South Africa before I die. I hope to dance until I’m dead. (Ya’ll gon’ have to scrape me off the stage) I want to use my art as force of change for good; artistically, politically, and spiritually. I’m also incredibly interested in the human body, how it works, the best ways to protect and care for it, and the amazingness with which it can heal itself.

Personal Mantra: I’ll figure it out.

Burlesque Photo Shoot with ChrisK and Lil’ Steph – October 27th, 2013

Lil' Steph - Photo by ChrisK

Whether you are in desperate need of burlesque promo shots or have been yearning to get photographed in your favorite burly-q or pinup attire, ChrisK and Lil’ Steph are here to help! ChrisK is the official Lil' Steph - Photo by ChrisKphotographer of the Peek-A-Boo Revue and has photographed performers from across the country. Lil’ Steph is one of Philadelphia’s leading make-up artists, burlesque performers, and producers, notably of Rasputin’s Room – Philadelphia’s only all classic burlesque show. Ginger Leigh (Peek-A-Boo Revue burlesque performer and instructor) will be on set to pose you!

This deal is no longer available. Please email contact@peekaboorevue.com if you would like to arrange a burlesque photo shoot with Chris K and Lil’ Steph!

The details:

Peek-A-Boo Dance Clinic
2400 East Cumberland Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Lefty Von Blitz - Photo by ChrisK, Make-up by Lil' Steph*45 min-1 hour photo shoot with ChrisK including a variety of full-length poses and head shots in 1 costume supplied by you.

*Full pin-up/burlesque make-up by Lil’ Steph. She will also be available to put the finishing touches on your hair. Please come with your hair mostly done!

*You choose 2 photos to be retouched and delivered in hi-res printable format.

*Remember, Ginger Leigh will be on set to pose and art direct you so no need to stress if this is your first shoot!

You will be in the hands of professionals with years of experience in burlesque and photography. We want to help you present yourself in the most fabulously professional way possible. Or to just get some awesome photos of yourself!

Auditions: Cabaret Singer/Comedian Open Call

Audition for The Peek-A-Boo Revue

Cabaret Singer/Comedian Open Call July 15th, 2013

We are looking for a female cabaret singer/comedian. This classic ‘funny girl’ should be comfortable performing in full costume and/or down to pasties and g-string.

Experience in Burlesque/Cabaret performance with dance training is preferred but not required.

Come with a 2 minute acappella song prepared. All auditionees must be available to rehearse twice a week (Monday/Wednesday evenings) with the troupe and commit to full performance engagements in the months of October and December.

Audition to be held Monday, July 15, 2013 from 7-10pm at the Peek a Boo Dance Clinic; 2400 Cumberland St. Philadelphia 19125. Interested persons should email Contact@peekaboorevue.com for confirmation and an audition slot.

For more info about the troupe visit http://www.peekaboorevue.com/ or like us on Facebook.

No phone calls please.

Video: Tease Baccanale

Peek-A-Boo Revue - Tease Bacchanale

Tease Bacchanale from the Magic Lamp Cabaret!

Performed by Peek-A-Boo Revue’s Cherry Bomb, Ginger Leigh, Goldi Fox, Rosalee Sweet, Sophie Sucre, Zinnia Fire, Joey Martini, and Count Scotchula.

Music Arranged by Kevin “Buzz Mouthpiece” Bagby

Music Performed by The Striptease Orchestra

 

 

 

Harlem Peek-A-Shake

Harlem Peek-A-Shake at Underground Arts, Philadelphia

What else were we supposed to put up for our FIRST BLOG POST EVER?

ChrisK, our resident photographer/heart throb/maker-of-magic, rounded us up along with our friends from Bravissimo Burlesque, Undie Arts, Woodshop Films, Roni Lagin Graphic Design, Sonny’s Famous Steaks, Sex With Timaree, our very own Striptease Orchestra and many more  for a super fun Harlem Shake video shoot at Underground Arts. We had a blast making it and hope you at least have half as much fun watching it!

Thank you to everyone who participated.  An especially big, wet, throbbing thank you to Underground Arts for letting us use your amazing venue!  We love you hard.