Zany, campy, naughty, hilarious, sexy, and pop-culturally relevant...these descriptors vividly apply to David Saxe's Zombie Burlesque show at the V Theater in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. By many current metrics, Zombie fever is rampant worldwide and resonates strongly with our current cultural movement. That fever is further fueled by the flashy comedy, musical numbers, acrobatics, and talented flesh-eating ghouls that comprise the cast of this zombie - cabaret show in Las Vegas.
The premise of the show is based on a 1950's era condition involving a truce between the US government and a massive zombie horde that had threatened to overrun the country. The President has agreed to feed our incarcerated prisoners to the flesh-eating zombies, whom in turn agree to stop attacking and consuming average citizens. Under the new condition, 'Club Z' becomes the only zombie-run nightlife club in Vegas where the cast bumps and grinds their way through 75 minutes of flesh-savoring entertainment.
The show's emcee and magnetic 'leader' is Vegas local Enoch Scott, portrayed as 'Zenoch', who deftly tosses out jokes and one-liners throughout the show and eventually is involved in several of the production numbers as well. Zenoch's 'hunger' and personality adds a consistent fuel during the course of the show. Other undead cast members include headliner songstress Sophia Monica as 'Sophia LaMorte', Lora Kelsey as 'Lora Gangrene', the acrobatic Kristin Lindstrom as 'Marilyn Monrot', Amber Snow as dead bombshell 'Doris Dank', and Matthew Elm as 'Mikey' who serves as the resident brain-dead jock and alternate comedy source in the show. Ghoulish side acts in the production include former America's Got Talent contortionist Alonzo 'Turf' Jones (who manages to defy physics and the normal limits of human anatomy) and Steve Daly as in-drag-comedy specialist 'Tiny Bubbles'. A vastly talented live backing band and dance crew supply well-rounded complements to this undead burlesque and variety act production. All the cast enjoyed delivering the show...they always seemed to be covertly and freakishly smiling at us. Imagine that.
One segment of the show involved a peripherally romantic ballet between two cast members that depicted a softer side of zombie demeanor that most of us didn't know existed. It was a touching few moments by two of the undead.
This show is strictly for adults and is highly audience-interactive. Several audience members ended up on stage for comedy skits while several ghoulish cast members eventually couldn't control their collective appetites and "attacked" audience members as they sat in their seats. Zombies will be zombies, after all.
Zombie Burlesque is staged 6 nights weekly ( dark Sundays) at 8:30 p.m. at the V Theater located in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood on the Strip. The show is housed in an intimate sized (seats about 150) venue that is conducive to the audience-interactive show. We recommend this show for all zombie-inclined show-goers in Vegas, and for those who desire to see a unique combination of talented performers and a grand overall production. One has to appreciate a Vegas show that hands out free Jello shots to audience members, too. Tickets are $64.99 - $84.99 with additional dinner and amenity add-on pricing. Check out this ticketing link or phone 866-932-1818 for info.