Review Of iCandy Burlesque The Show



Updated 01/11/2013

iCandy Burlesque The Show (CLOSED)

By Chuck Rounds

iCandy The Show, playing at the Saxe Theater inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, is a fun, energetic production that includes some very talented people. It is a variety show that highlights the talents of some great singers, dancers, comedy, and variety acts. Produced and choreographed by Nannette Barbera, this show moves quickly through a multitude of numbers. The show does have a lot of shortcomings, but the problems are not with the performers.

Sometimes the show is called "iCandy The Show," and sometimes "iCandy Burlesque," depending on when and where you see the advertising...but nonetheless, you see immediately that the show borrows heavily from the movie "Burlesque" with both the song choices and, of course, the huge "Burlesque" sign at the back of the stage. In some ways, it seems as if it is borrowing its identity rather than trying to define an identity for itself. It is such a terrific and broad genre that this association seems unnecessary.

Of course, the burlesque of this show is not quite as "burlesque" as we want it. Simply because of the type of performance license that the Saxe Theater has, the show cannot be topless. This puts the show in a slightly different category. A family friendly burlesque show?a paradox at best.

Once you get past those conundrums, you can start to enjoy the show and really appreciate the talent of the performers. The numbers, however, seem to just come one after another without any real connective tissue.

There are some great singers: Jaime Lynch from "The X Factor," Felice Garcia from "The Voice," and Elisa Furr; but none of these singers do anything beyond the function of singing.

Kathleen Dunbar provides some great comedy and tries to involve herself in the show, but again, this is just an obvious device rather than trying to really connect with the audience (ie. as a host.)

The one male performer of the show, Chris Racine, is again very talented and very good at everything he does, but misses opportunities to tie the show together.

Jennifer Romas is brilliant at everything she does.

The dancers are certainly committed to wonderfully executing mediocre and repetitive choreography.

The entire cast does their jobs...and yet the show misses the mark.

Perhaps the show falters because it wants to be something that it is not. It is not burlesque. It is not really a dance review, and it is not really a variety show. It certainly has elements of each, but it simply hasn't found its way. The show needs a stronger vision and connective elements to really make it work.

I enjoyed my time at the show, and I really enjoyed the work of each of the performers, but I had a hard time constantly looking past what the show wasn't.