All this week and through Christmas, we’re presenting holiday programs at 7pm, and the one for this evening is something special for the centennial year of Benjamin Britten.
Film Review: Burlesque
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Starring: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell Cam Gigandet
Genre: Drama, Musical
Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content including several suggestive dance routines, partial nudity, language and some thematic material.
Rico: Burlesque is a musical, not a strip show. There are plenty of scanty costumes, but the girls are singing and dancing, not taking their clothes off. In fact, the show features 12 song and dance numbers.
Joyce: All I could say when we walked out was, “Wow!” Here is a spectacular show. The last time I felt this way was when I saw Chicago.
Rico: Cher, playing the character Tess, is the owner/manager of The Burlesque Lounge, a Los Angeles night club, which is struggling. Enter Ali, played by Christina Aguilera, as a hopeful singer with a big voice. She starts as a cocktail waitress and manages to land a job as one of the cast in the revue. Her boyfriend, a bartender at the club, is played well by Cam Gigandet
Joyce: The cast is well put together, with featured roles by the wonderful Stanley Tucci as Cher’s gay colleague, Kristen Bell as bad-girl dancer, and Julienne Hough of Dancing With the Stars fame as a dancer friend.
Rico: I’m happy to say that Cher is still Cher in looks and voice. Aguilera is a revelation to those who don’t already know her. What a voice! This is a wonderful film and musical. ****
Joyce: I can almost guarantee that you’ll feel great when you leave the heater. It is spellbinding. ****