Tawdry With Titties: “Showgirls: The Musical” succeeds as spoof by Kevin M. Thomas

Showgirls The Musical

If eight naked breasts and pole dancing offend you, perhaps you might skip the off-Broadway “Showgirls: The Musical” opening April 17. I for one am not easily offended,  and am quite entertained by tawdry spoofs and found this send-up to the flop movie to be thoroughly entertaining.

It’s hokey, godawful, offensive and a damn good time! Like the multi-award winning for worst film that it’s based upon, “Showgirls: The Musical” follows Nomi’s discovery of Las Vegas, going from stripper dancer in a sleazy bar to topless dancer in a big Vegas show. Like the movie, the two worlds don’t seem that different as Nomi needs to sell herself no matter what.

April Kidwell as Nomi looks a lot like Elizabeth Berkley, who played the part in the campy classic film. She is so over the top in her exaggerated performance that in the musical version you laugh with her,  and not at her. She is aptly supported by a small, but amazing ensemble – all of which chew up the scenary every chance they get while throwing it back to the audience to devour. John Elliot stands out in multiple roles, mostly playing the straight man to Nomi’s intentional unintentional humor. While the movie focused on Nomi, the musical allows everyone their chance to shine.

Showgirls: The Musical Dance Number

And those songs. I am still singing “Boat Show” and laughing at sexy Israel Vinas’ tune about the diseases you’d get from licking a stripper pole.

The musical should more than entertain “Showgirls” movie fans and could likely win over a new allegiance of followers to the movie which received a record 13 Razzie (worst movie) Award nominations. I will note though, while the musical is quite enjoyable from start-to-finish, the volcano dance number is a tad lackluster compared to San Francisco’s pre-movie screening of “Showgirls” with Peaches Christ. But most New Yorkers haven’t had a chance to see the Peaches dance number, so they won’t be missing a thing.

Bob and Tobly McSmith wrote and directed (and are the musicians) in this riotous show and it proves they are not a one hit wonder after their previous success with “Bayside! The Saved by the Bell Musical” – ironically another spoof based upon something to do with Elizabeth Berkley.

If you’re not a lover of theatre because it can get to be quite expensive, this is the show! It’s only $18 and there’s a way to win free tickets…check it out on their website.

It only runs through May 4 (hope it gets extended) but it really is a show that shouldn’t be missed. Get more information and tickets at www.showgirlsthemusical.com.