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  • NYC – Animaniacs Burlesque Show

    Press Release:

    After a sold-out, three-week run this summer, Rhinestone Gorilla revives its Animaniacs burlesque musical for a one-night-only encore event on Friday October 12, 2012 at 9:00 PM, with a special guest performance by Rob Paulsen, the voice of Yakko and Pinky.

    Tickets available online only. Please note that drinks will not be sold. Pack accordingly.

    Rhinestone Gorilla Burlesque presents GOOD IDEA/BAD IDEA: A Fully-Scripted Burlesque Tribute to Animaniacs
    –with special guest ROB PAULSEN—-and all live music by THE RHINESTONE GORILLA BAND–
    starring
    JO “BOOBS” WELDON
    with
    MISS CHERRY DELIGHT (Miss Coney Island 2013)
    ANGELIQUE A’LAMODE
    AVIAN RUSH
    BILLIE SHAKES
    CHARLOTTE PINES
    DEBRA DELOREAN
    FANCY FEAST
    KINKY DEMURE
    JOE RAIK
    LUCIDA SANS
    SPARTACUS RISING
    GEMMA STONE
    with live foley sound fx by PHIL WISOCKI

    Rob Paulsen won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and The Brain. With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Paulsen’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Pinky, and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy Award-winning series “Animaniacs”. Some of Paulsen’s other well-known animated characters include Raphael in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Arthur in “The Tick,” the title role in “The Mask,” and the title role in “Mighty Max.”

    Rhinestone Gorilla Burlesque is New York’s ragtag army of art school delinquents. The troupe–which specializes in narrative burlesque, pop culture and literary adaptations, lowbrow comedy, audience competitions, cheesy disco covers, and self-indulgent ’90s nostalgia–are not your average showgirls; they’re rhinestones in the rough, anti-glamour guerilla grrrls prone to attack and entice.

    Formerly known as Alpha Psi Ecdysia, Rhinestone Gorilla Burlesque was founded in 2008 as the nation’s premier undergraduate burlesque troupe. While based on the campus of the State University of New York at New Paltz, Rhinestone Gorilla lived a double life as an educational institution and a professional producing entity. On the New Paltz campus, Rhinestone Gorilla dedicated itself to teaching burlesque history, the politics of neo-burlesque and the practice of burlesque performance; off-campus, Rhinestone Gorilla was the underage darling of the New York stripperformance art scene, getting naked on school nights at The Slipper Room, Rififi, Public Assembly, and Sugarland and in venues in LA, SF, Boston, and beyond. Though frequent subjects of controversy and police activity, Rhinestone Gorilla’s students on the SUNY campus–who have inherited the name Alpha Psi Ecdysia–remain the only state-sponsored strippers in the nation.

    Helen Mills Theater
    137 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001