UNION COUNTY, NJ — Burlesque is back. “Uncle Floyd’s Last Authentic American Traveling Burlesque Show” recreates a lost theatrical art at the Union County Performing Arts Center Mainstage on Nov. 13 at 8 p.m.
This musical extravaganza brings back classic comedy, timeless tunes, and spirited dance numbers in one of the true indigenous American art forms. This fast-moving, two-hour romp offers laughs and songs along with plenty of eye-opening striptease.
Uncle Floyd began his burlesque career in the early 1970s as a teenager, learning his craft from the veteran comics then in the twilight of their careers.
“Burlesque appeals to two kinds of people, those who are old enough to remember it, and those whose parents and grandparents enjoyed it. Now the younger generation is curious to see what it’s all about. Between those two groups, it includes just about everybody,” Vivino said.
Burlesque vanished from the American theater scene when its content grew too racy for the public’s tastes. But today, with movies and television getting more explicit, burlesque seems tame by comparison.
“It’s almost innocent in the context of today’s entertainment. We never curse and there’s no nudity. But we get the audiences laughing with double entendre humor and keep their attention with lots of tease,” Vivino said. “It’s terrific entertainment.”
All seats are only $20 and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. UCPAC’s Mainstage is located at 1601 Irving St. in the heart of the Rahway Arts District and easily accessible to major roads and public transportation. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 732-499-8226 or visit www.ucpac.org.