Monday, July 26, 2010

Where to Be Merry: A Harlem Cabaret Story in the Heart of Los Angeles

The solo note of a jazz saxophone teasingly floats through the air. It winds its way through crowds clustered around the bar and through couples seated at tables. The note halts when it reaches the stage. There, it lingers, caressing not one, but four dangerously beautiful women draped in flattering lingerie and staggering stilettos. With hands on hips, they direct their attention towards a deviously handsome gentleman seated to their right. Their fixated gaze slowly follows his every move, watching. Waiting. Anticipating. The problem? Why, he’s managed to seduce all four. The solution? Well, it ain’t always that easy…

And so begins the tale of Harlem’s Night: A Cabaret Story featuring The Brown Betties. These memorable characters and their friends take you on a journey of what happens when a woman lets a man in her life, and he just don’t treat her right. Between scenes of jaw-dropping dance numbers, sensual stripteases and passionate exchanges, the four Brown Betties eloquently reveal what it means to be a woman – and more specifically – a woman scorned. Expressions of infatuation, longing, bitterness, rage, desperation, pain and hurt surround the underlying theme of seduction, making this burlesque show more than a tale of lust. It’s a quintessentially human story that examines how the quest for love can bring out the best – and worst – in all of us.


I’ve seen Harlem’s Night twice now, and let me tell you, this is a show you do not want to miss. Yes, there’s enough serious eye-candy to last a lifetime (not just for the men either…Ladies, Joe, the main bad boy, is rather easy on the eyes, too), but also expect to be tickled to the bone, as the show adds a good dose of comedic, light-hearted scenes throughout the night. And don’t expect to be a passive audience member; these Brown Betties demand attention – both from Joe and the audience as well. That’s all I’ll say on that note.

The next show will take place Wednesday, August 3rd at 8pm at The Mint. Tickets are on sale now, so hurry and get them!


PICTURED BELOW: Make sure you leave the kids with the babysitter! This is an intimate show, strictly for the grown and sexy.


PICTURED BELOW: Peppur Chambers, the founder of The Brown Betties and creator of A Harlem’s Night. In her own words: “A night with the Brown Betties is perfect for girls night, alone or for a fellas night... you'll be enveloped into a sultry atmosphere that will have you thinking of us long after you've left the show!”


PICTURED BELOW: Fierce, unforgettable and fabulous, the show truly redefines what a cabaret story should be!


For more information:
The Mint
6010 Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
323.954.9400
www.brownbetties.com