Thursday, April 29, 2010

Come together! New show units the Beatles and burlesque

Fans of the Beatles and burlesque — this is your ticket to ride.

Inspired by David Bowie glam rock tributes, a new show in Williamsburg is all about the Fab Four — and the teasing performance art known as burlesque.

The two, according to the show’s creator, Calamity Chang, are a natural fit.

“The Beatles were transgressors in a time of political unrest much like now,” said Chang, aka “Yoko Chang,” who hosts the monthly show at Public Assembly, next up on May 10. “Through burlesque, which is a transgressive art form in itself, it seemed like the perfect event that can reach more than just an insular community.”

John, Paul, Ringo and George are channeled by the tribute band Ticket to Ride, who back up the performers as they strip and sing along to songs pulled from the Beatles’ extensive canon, such as the raunchy “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?”

A natural fit, indeed.

Beatles Burlesque at Public Assembly [70 N. Sixth St. between Wythe and Kent avenues in Williamsburg, (718) 384-4586], May 10 at 9 pm. Tickets $10. For info, visit

Photo by Melody Mudd


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