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Burlesque-A-Pades

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Angie Pontani
September 13, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Performer & Co-Producer.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I've known I wanted to work as an entertainer since I was 3 or 4 years old. I have always been mesmerized by all forms of the performing arts, including film & television, but theater is this special place where the magic happens right before your eyes. I love that, and I love the power that theater has to be a mind eraser of sorts. When people come to our show, I want to erase their minds of any stress or strife and just have them right there in that fabulous moment of entertainment with the cast!

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
It's equal parts. You can't make good spaghetti sauce with bad tomatos. A great show happens where you get the perfect mix of script, costumes, choreography, performers, director and even the right room. It takes a very fabulous village to make an amazing show and our village at Burlesque-A-Pades is pretty fabulous.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
This show is about entertainment, pure and simple. We have taken the concept of a classic mid-century burlesque revue and amped it up with contemporary references, a cast of burlesque stars and a hilarious script. It's the evolution of burlesque, not a recreation show. I hope the audience walks away with a big smile on their face. Our show is about entertainment and having a good time!

Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
I would have to say Thomas Edison, burlesque has always appealed to intellectuals! Though I do love Springsteen!

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would buy the historic Shore Theater in Coney Island, restore it and implement a fabulous theatrical program, that in addition to burlesque and variety program, would include after school performing arts programs, live shows and a lot more!