Wolverine: The Musical

This just cracked me up.  Hugh Jackman sings Wolverine The Musical

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Boylesque or Welcome to Burlesque

I like Burlesque. It’s something I find very fascinating and very entrancing, partially also because it’s such a creative combination of numerous different things. The creativity alone that goes into some of the costumes and shows is impressive. And then there’s the music and the dancing.

I think the thing I like most is the healthy dash of humor a lot of burlesque comes with and the fact that the women don’t fit the current stereotype of what a female strip-dancers have to look like. Quite often they are plus-size or let’s say curvy and beautiful, much better than this weird plus-size.

Anyway, the lack of big and beautiful was actually one of my few quibbles with the Burlesque-movie. Most of the dancers in the movie are Hollywood-standard thin. The music though is awesome, especially Cher and her Welcome to Burlesque.

I’ve also always been a fan of Cabaret with Lizza Minelli and Michael York. Which is more cabaret than burlesque since no-one strips, but it goes in the same direction, or rather the cabaret-shows of the 20s are probably one of the roots of modern burlesque. And again, great music.

Anyway, thinking about burlesque made me wonder if there also exists burlesque danced by men, because just the idea is interesting and erotic, far more so than the shows that modern strippers offer. Sorry, but I find a lot of those shows either boring or rather off-putting than erotic.

But, getting back to burlesque. I went looking and I was successful. Yes, there exists burlesque danced by men and it’s amazing. Some is of men in drag doing amazing shows and others are like the ones that I’ve embedded at the end of this entry. Can I say here, that I now really want to see Ray Gunn live, because rawr, those muscles and the sheer acrobatic skill of that man is awesome, in addition to everything else?

Jett Adore though has given me a new appreciation for Zorro. It’s the cape. It’s definitely the cape.

Of course now I’m thinking about writing some m/m romance involving male burlesque. It’s not as if I need yet another research intensive story. Alternatively, there’s the idea of writing a m/m romance that deals with the cabaret in the early late 20s/early 30s in Berlin, in that time where the Weimar Republic was in its death-throws and it was all anarchy and before the Nazis got into power. But, see above about research intensive.

I will leave you with some interesting videos while I try very hard to not think about potential plots.

Ray Gunn

Jett Adore (I do, I really do)

Here, have another one with Ray Gunn.