New Orleans burlesque star Trixie Minx is about to make one of her dreams come true this Valentine’s Day, and she’s hoping local audiences join her for the fun.
Together with the recently renovated Orpheum Theatre, Minx is presenting “Cupid’s Cabaret,” a classic vaudeville show with a contemporary beat, at the Orpheum on Sunday, Feb. 14. Doors open for an optional dinner at 6 p.m.; the show is at 8.
“Ever since I started working in burlesque here in late 2005, early 2006, I’ve dreamed of doing it on a grander, more glamorous scale,” said the classically trained former ballerina. “What we’ve created here is going to be an interactive dinner theater experience that envelops you from the moment you walk in.”
Boasting over 30 different performers, including musicians, aerialists, cabaret, a drag queen and vocalists and contortionists, along with some of her regular strip tease sensations, Cupid’s Cabaret promises something for everyone — from couples, to groups of friends, to those looking for love.
“Almost all of the performers are local, but we’re excited to have three joining us from out of town, including two aerialists from New York and the ‘pop-n-lock princess,’ the fabulous burlesque dancer Angelique DeVil out of Portland,” Minx said.
In addition to the show, Cupid’s Cabaret also offers a three-course meal served at cabaret style small tables before the show. Crafted by the Orpheum’s food provider, Bella Luna Catering, the meal option includes a champagne reception. Open bar packages are available to dinner guests. For those who opt for just the show, balcony and loge seating are available.
For the Orpheum, General Manager Kristin Shannon says the evening offers the chance for the theater to stretch a little and showcase itself in a new way.
“We’re going to raise the floor to be level with the stage to create a real dinner show,” she said. “Cupid’s Cabaret will utilize all the wonderful capabilities we’ve added to the functional side of the space.”
Minx said creating a large-scale vaudeville show was a natural fit for her.
“The creation of burlesque actually paralleled the creation of vaudeville,” she said. “While vaudeville were typically big shows, burlesque tended to be small productions.”
Aiming for the perfect match, Minx — who plays Cupid in the show — is hoping her newest and largest production to date will strike the hearts of show goers.
“It’s going to be a night of mesmerizing glamour and beauty on a grand scale,” she said, “but with the kind of personalized service you’d find in a smaller, intimate production. It’s a celebration of love, and friendship, and all the ups and downs and everything in between.”