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‘Baggy Pants Burlesque’ a flirtatious and fun salute to vaudeville

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Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre presents a fun and flirty new show as the perfect antidote to the post-holiday blues. Making its Indianapolis debut Dec. 28, Jack Milo’s “Baggy Pants Burlesque” takes the stage for just 10 performances before the 2012 Season kicks off in January.

Starring Beef & Boards funnymen Doug Stark and Jeff Stockberger, together with Milo himself, “Baggy Pants Burlesque” takes audiences back to the best of playful vaudeville entertainment.

“People should expect to laugh their butts off. They should expect old-time burlesque,” Milo said of his show. “Burlesque became an offshoot of vaudeville, and they decided to go a little more racy with it. People have expectations of a strip show, and it isn’t that. It’s basically comedy sketches and musical numbers. There’s a lot of double entendres and off-color jokes. It’s all innuendo.”

He describes “Baggy Pants Burlesque” as “fun, fast and furious.”

Beef & Boards has done several burlesque-type shows in its history, Milo pointed out, recalling last performing in “Sugar Babies” with Stark in 1992. “It’s a variation of what ‘Sugar Babies’ was,” he remarked.

This type of entertainment, with “more tease than sleaze,” is sure to have plenty of fans, Milo added – and he doesn’t just mean the kind made out of feathers. The show will appeal to multiple generations. “For the older group, they will remember burlesque. For the younger group, they will appreciate the pre-Saturday Night Live, Daily Show stuff.”

Stark joined Milo when the new show made its debut this spring in Illinois. “I’m kind of looking forward to the idea that it’s an entirely different cast with the exception of Doug and I. It will be fun,” Milo said.

“Baggy Pants Burlesque” has 10 performances scheduled in the intimate space of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, including a special New Year’s Eve performance, featuring extras like party favors and a breakfast buffet. All tickets are $49 ($75 for the New Year’s Eve event, for which seating is extremely limited). Tickets include a dinner buffet.

For reservations, call the Beef & Boards box office at (317) 872-9664. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays. For more information, including a show schedule, visit www.beefandboards.com.

Beef & Boards is giving this production a PG-13 rating.

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