Scopitone, When Camp Was Cool

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Scopitone, consider this technological marvel to be the mother of the music video. Before VJ’s, before you saw the moonwalk and even before video killed the radio star, there was the Scopitone Machine. These boxes of imagination and creativity were popular in Europe during the early 60’s and revolutionized the way audiences consumed music, not only through auditory but through the visual, and boy did it deliver.

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The Scopitone machine was a jukebox that used 16mm films and featured campy songs and videos that challenged the boundaries of mid-century decency. Consider it the pathway to the sexual revolution of the late 1960’s. This sexual abandon and its tongue and cheek visuals would soon be the demise of the machines which made their way into restaurants, nightclubs, and theatres in England after it became a staple in Germany, Italy, and France. It seemed that the societal propriety of Britain was not ready for the sexual liberation that was already a part of the continents counterpart culture. At the height of its popularity, it produced some of the greatest camp in history. Videos were produced just for the machines which are now fondly called “Scopitones”.  The videos had their own unique style, the cheesier the better and encouraged its creators to wear as little as possible. This was powerful fodder for the masses where media consumption rarely provided such an outlet.

These cinematic masterpieces now have a cult following and have emblazoned artists such as Nancy Sinatra and Julie London into camp history. Scopitone could not be mentioned without the “Queen of the Scopitone” herself, Joi Lansing. Joi was featured in a plethora of videos with hits such as Web of Love and The Silencer; these videos gave viewers an exciting taste of the blond bombshell, with her famous hourglass figure and perfect diction.  She brought glamour and a quiet coolness to the videos and made everyone fall in love. Sadly, Joi passed away in 1972 from breast cancer and never witnessed the enormous contribution she made on early 1960’s culture.

In tribute to these artists and their highly stylized videos, The Looking Glass Revue is in the planning stages of creating an all-new show in honor of the “Scopitone”. This show is scheduled to lift off in Jun 2018. The show will be a fully immersive event and will have plenty of campiness and glamour to go around while paying homage to the artists who made these cinema snippet gems a must see.

Stay tuned for all the details and you can get tickets for this show HERE.

Spring and Summer is Heating Up

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The Looking Glass Revue and its cast of talented performers are preparing for our upcoming 2018 Spring/Summer Season. We have some very special announcements and shows in the works and cannot wait to tease and tempt you all!

Our Mika Romantic has a body movement workshop on March 11th at Inner Strength Fitness Studio. Her last class was sold out, so if you have ever thought about learning from an award-winning performer, here’s your chance.

At the end of March, we’ll be lighting up Allentown with our Tribute to Classic Rock Show at the Allentown Brew Works. This show is shaping up to be another sold out event!

As we race into April…. We are adding a new venue to our rotation and are thrilled to introduce a whole new audience to the very best of Classic Burlesque in the Lehigh Valley at the Maingate on April 13th with our Dames and Darlings Show.

We’re heading out on the road at the end of April where we are off to Vegas to support our Artistic Director and Choreographer; Burlesque Queen, Mika Romantic as she takes the stage at the Orleans Hotel for the Viva Las Vegas Burlesque Competition. We then scoot on over to California for some much-needed downtime while Mika will make a few appearances and performances and Kate takes business meetings. Stay tuned for a list of shows on the West Coast where you can catch Mika bumping and grinding!

On deck, for May we are getting back to basics and squeezing in some Classic Shows at our resident venues in the Lehigh Valley and Harrisburg. The middle of May has us jet-setting over to the South of France where we will bask in the sunshine and Mediterranean breezes during the Cannes Film Festival. We have private event performances lined up and plan to walk a few red carpets while taking in selected films from around the world.

We have a busy spring in front of us, and look forward to these incredible opportunities! As the summer heats up we have a slew of new shows planned and even talks of a 1940’s USO tribute show.

The Looking Glass Revue is proud to have brought you the only professional burlesque experience in the Lehigh Valley for the last 5 years and we could not do any of this without your support, we thank each and every one of you who has bought a ticket and cheered us on with your hoots and whistles!

Keep a lookout for new promo pictures of our entire cast and your chance to get some LGR swag and merchandise. As always check out our event page on Facebook for upcoming shows and click on our website to purchase advance tickets and learn more about our dedicated team of artists.

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