More likely than not, the thing about the James Bond franchise that’s so alluring is that it’s a melange of action, satire, and sexy times. And if you agree with that statement, then you should probably (1) read on, and (2) subsequently check out Acme Burlesque‘s latest production, From Acme with Love, running May 1st and 2nd at the Mainline Theatre.
Live (Sexy) Music Performance
What’s kinda fun about Acme Burlesque is that they’re the only troupe in Montreal that’s backed by a live band. Well, to be honest, I’ve never actually seen an Acme show, nor any burlesque production with a live band (for that matter), but it sounds like a concept that would certainly add to the whole vaudevillian aesthetic of girls getting half-naked in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way. And with an eight piece band (including a four brass arrangement), Acme‘s appropriation of Bond tracks seem more likely to be a good idea than a bad one.
“I’ve been a huge fan of James Bond music since I was a child, so taking it under the microscope has been great” explains Shayne Gryn, Acme‘s Musical Director — who’ll not only be part of said eight piece band, but conducting it.
And from the sounds of it, the performers like working with, and playing off of, a live band that can build a rapport with, and improvise with, together. “It’s a little tricky beforehand when you’re using live music as a template when you’re rehearsing ’cause it’s not necessarily gonna be the same tempo [each time],” explains Sucre à la Crème. “But there’s definitely this chemistry when you’re performing with musicians that you don’t have with ‘canned’ music.”
The Seeds of Bond(age)
Despite Acme‘s experience blending live music with live performance, From Acme with Love will be their first themed production. And not only will every performance be choreographed to a piece of Bond music, but there’ll be an overall plot (or narrative) tying it together between sets.
And some of the girls will also be portraying some of the most memorable characters from the franchise; from Bond girls to villains. “All I’m say is [chomp],” says Sucre à la Crème, with a smirk.
In a nutshell, I’m kinda sold after interviewing Shayne Gryn and Sucre à la Crème, but maybe I’m biased ’cause I spent so much time interviewing them and writing this. Either way, you can count on seeing me there one of their two nights, and I hope to see a few of you there, too.