Next week, Chicago's Gorilla Tango Theatre (site is safe for work) is set to make some adolescent fantasies come true. The presenters of such productions as "A Nude Hope: A Star Wars Burlesque" and "El Mari Chi Chi: A Robert Rodriguez Burlesque" will be staging the R-rated "Go Go Power Rangers: A Mighty Morphin' Burlesque."
The show will be presented Friday June 8th through July 27th.
It’s Morphin Time!
Gorilla Tango Burlesque, makers of your favorite nerdy burlesque shows, is at it again and this time it’s all about devious monsters, giant robots, and the protection that only skintight spandex can provide! Rita Repulsa’s got a devious new plan to turn the town of Angel Grove against the Power Rangers, but your favorite “teenagers with attitudes” are ready to shake their butts while they kick hers. Join Jason, Kimberly, Zack, Trini, Billy, Tommy, Bulk and Skull, Zordon and Alpha doing battle with Rita, Goldar, the Putties and a powerful new monster as they tease and tussle for control of the town’s violent and lustful urges.
From the company that brought you "Boobs and Gombas", "A Nude Hope", and "El Mari Chi Chi" comes this action packed new show, smartly written by C.J. Tuor. Directed and choreographed by Gorilla Tango Burlesque vets Bobby Hoffman and Stella Cheeks, "Go-Go Power Rangers: A Mighty Morphin Burlesque" feature somes of your favorite GTB Geek Girls stripping out of costumes made by Wanda Cobar and Kim Fukawa.
It’s Dakota Fanny, Ellie Gator, Lady Lemondrop, Hazel Hellbender, Typsy Gypsy, and Zatanna Zor-elle, with the debuting Doxie Doll and Vicki Van Go-Go as the iconic characters from the original series doing sexy strip tease! Power Ranger loyals and newcomers alike will find plenty to laugh, cheer, and whistle about - and as always, may the power protect you!
The show's director, Bobby Hoffman, is a certified actor-combatant who previously served as the theater's fight choreographer. Hoffman told the Huffington Post he was mindful of the show's roots when spinning it into a burlesque act.
"My main focus--aside from creating a fun and sexy production–-was to bring all of the hyper activeness of a children's show into a late night romp through equal comedy, dance and fights," Hoffman said in a release. "Early in the rehearsal process I had the cast...sit down and watch full episodes of the original 'Power Rangers' series. I instructed them to pay close attention to their characters' movements, vocal performances, and smaller nuances; then we'd get up on our feet and incorporate the various TV tidbits into our scenes."
According to choreographer Stella Cheeks, the group will also be staying true to the show's music, combining songs from the Power Rangers soundtrack and mid-nineties music. Full-cast musical numbers, dances, and fight scenes will help the show stay "faithful to the spirit of 'Power Rangers.'"
Speaking of controversial Power Ranger news, the popular sentai troop are in a bit of hot water in Saudi Arabia. Toys were pulled from McDonald's Happy Meals after outraged patrons observed that the base of one of the figure made it look like the Blue Ranger was stomping on the script for the name of Muhammad.