PHOTO CREDIT: Sean Rayford
Travel back to a bygone era of traveling dust bowl road shows for a spectacle of Burlesque, Circus & Sideshow in our theater. The Carnivalesque Roadshow stars international cabaret legend Armitage Shanks; The Carny Preacher, Burlesque Hall of Fame’s 2012 “King of Boylesque” Russell Bruner; “Baltimore’s Sicilian Queen” Maria Bella; sideshow phenom Swami YoMahmi; vaudeville contortionist, juggler & magician Jonathan Burns; aerial artist from Atlanta, Georgia Sadie Hawkins; Matron of The Atlanta Burlesque and Cabaret Society Talloolah Love; Baltimore’s “Queen of Crabs” Sunny Sighed; “Over the Top and Under the Influence” Kay Sera; the burlesque delights of Gilded Lily’s Gigi Holliday & songstress Sophia Sunday.
In the lobbies, buxom beauties, Valeria Voxx and Mourna Handful, and handsome hunks ply their trade at the Carnivalesque Cooch Tent and along Mab’s Mobile Midway where you can try games of chance.
Be shocked and amazed by oddities and sideshow posters inside James Taylor’s “Ten-In-One” tent. Step Right Up! All who enter will be transformed! 8:30pm Midway, 9pm Show | $22, $18 mbrs.
On Gilded Lily…
"If Trixie Little is Baltimore's burlesque superhero, then the Gilded Lillies are like our Burlesque Justice League. Individually, they are capable of superhuman feats of pasty-twirling and general va-va-voom. Together, they are an unstoppable force for truth, justice, and the art of the tease. With moral, upstanding guardians like these, Baltimore will always be safe from the forces of prudery and boredom." - Baltimore City Paper "Best of Burlesque"
Of host Armitage Shanks they say…
"One of the darkest-hearted Comperes on the Burlesque/Cabaret circuit” - Time Out London
"A Cabaret Legend" - Le Cool Magazine Dublin
"A voice like honey-coated gravel. He was a sinister and louche presence, who put some sex in the air." - Dan Savage
Video of Carnivalesque with Armitage Shanks’ awesome narration: