So Close

Dear Constant Reader,

The Boston Babydolls are in a tight 3-way race for Best Theatre Group on The Boston A-List. Your vote could make all the difference! If a burlesque troupe won, it would go a long way toward continuing to have our art form recognized as legitimate theatre.

We’re in the last few days of voting and we need your help. Just go hare and cast your cote. You’ll need to make an account and then you can vote for us and other nifty businesses in the Boston area. Like B.A.B.E. for Best Dance Classes…

As always, thanks for your support! And to show my appreciation, here’s a picture of The Boston Babydolls playing Twister.

M2

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Published in: on 28 July 2014 at 9:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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Signal Boosting

Dear Constant Reader,

The Boston Babydolls have been nominated for Best Theatre Group by The Boston A-List. We’re delighted but we’d be even more so if we won (and you know how Brigitte feels about winning!). Please vote for us!

And while you’re at it, please vote for B.A.B.E for Best Dance Classes.

While I’ve got you in a generous mood, I’d like to mention The Wages of Sin, my favorite band for punk rock sea shanties & Appalachian death polka. I’m not kidding. The Wages are putting out a new album for the first time since, well, I went to the release party during the very first BurlyCon, so let’s just say that it’s been a while. Because they’re all old-fashioned and cool, they want to put their album out on vinyl (as well at the usual CD & download) and they’ve got a Kickstarter campaign to fund it. Check it out!

M2

Published in: on 12 June 2014 at 10:31 am  Leave a Comment  
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Twice is Nice

Dear Constant Reader,

I’ve been gently reminding you that the Boston Babydolls were nominated as “Best Theatre Group” on The Boston A-List. We’ve been holding our own at 5th place.

Today I just discovered that B.A.B.E. was nominated for “Best Dance Classes“! Nobody told me! We’re in 10th place.

So, pretty please, will you vote for us?

M2

Published in: on 13 June 2013 at 12:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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In the Lead

Dear Constant Reader,

On Monday I asked for you to chose what dress I should make next. Read all about it here, if you missed my deathless prose.

So far, Folkwear Fifties Fit & Flair, V-necked style, is in the lead with 2 votes.

Craftsy Bombshell Dress has 1 1/2 votes (some people picked a 2nd choice. I didn’t explicitly say you could only pick one dress, but I’m weighting the 2nd choice as a half vote.)

With one vote each, Butterick 4919, version B and Butterick 5813, version B.

And a half vote for Butterick 4790, 2 tone version.

It’s not to late to have your vote count. Just leave a comment on the original post.

Speaking of voting, The Teaseday Club is meeting again on Tuesday, May 14th and they’re having a little contest. When you buy your ticket in advance, you get to pick a performer to support (and you save on the at-the-door price). The performer who brings in the most guests gets a fabulous prize. So far Brigitte Bisoux is in the lead, followed by Betty Blaize, and then Scratch. Beau Blush, Dagny Vanderlust, Ginny Nightshade, Peril S. Curves, and Sarah Blodgett are working to catch up.

So get out there and vote, whether it’s for my dress or a Teaseday performer. Or both!

M2

Published in: on 8 May 2013 at 9:35 am  Comments (2)  
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Closing Night

Dear Constant Reader,


Please vote for The Boston Babydolls every day!


Tonight is the last performance of The Bod of Avon. As usual, that’s bittersweet. We’re excited for the show tonight and sorry it’s the last one.

This show had a lot of challenges and I think we’re all glad that we’re done with that. The venue cancelled some of our dates. The snow storm cancelled more. We had to set up the theatre and dressing room every night and break it down, which meant we had to have *very* simple staging (hence the video backdrops). Our last show was The Wrathskellar, with set dressing in 2 rooms plus the theatre and a revolving stage. Quite a change.

After this, we focus on our new act for The Expo, plus our performances at the rescheduled Mardi Gras Ball!

Just for fun (and to reward you for voting), here’s Betty getting naughty with a glove at the 2011 Victory Party. Photo from Time Out Boston.

M2

Published in: on 23 February 2013 at 11:57 am  Comments (1)  
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Snippets on a Sunday

Dear Constant Reader,


Please vote for The Boston Babydolls every day!


Busy day today. We’re off to a corporate gig in Rhode Island shortly where we’ll be staging two performances of a classic revue, mostly featuring The July Project. Then back to Babydoll HQ for rehearsal.

Next Saturday is the last performance of The Bod of Avon. Last chance to see a show that’s been called “gorgeous”, “beautiful”, “brilliant”, “sexy and hilarious”.

Today is Stella’s birthday! Wish her a happy one! (stella@bostonbabydolls.com) Diamonds, long-stemmed roses, and Italian lingerie would also be happily accepted. Or you could just vote for us. That would make her happy too.

And here’s your reward for voting:


Devora Darling performing at the 2012 Victory Party to The Unluckiest Band with Alissa Coates singing. Photo by John L. Bilotti.

M2

Published in: on 17 February 2013 at 8:40 am  Leave a Comment  
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Victory Could Be Yours

Dear Constant Reader,


Please vote for The Boston Babydolls every day!


You may be asking yourself, O Constant Reader, “What’s in it for me? Sure, it’s true that the Boston Babydolls are far & away the best burlesque troupe in Boston, but why should I have to click my mouse a couple of times every day for them? What do I get out of it?”

Not only do you get the warm & fuzzy satisfaction of doing the right thing, you get the gratitude of several scantily-clad women. AND you get invited to an awesome victory party.

That’s right, if we win, we’ll throw another fabulous party, free to our supporters. In years past we’ve had free food, great music, prizes, performances by special guests, and of course, The Boston Babydolls, accompanied by a live band.

You can read about our 2011 Victory Party as experienced by Dig columnist Bar Havoc.

And, just to get you coming back here and voting, I’ll be occasionally posting pictures from our parties. Here, for example, is Evie Sphinx, when she was just a baby Babydoll, dancing to “Purple Wail” as performed by The Bone Masters. (Photo from Time Out Boston)

M2

Published in: on 16 February 2013 at 9:10 am  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip!

Dear Constant Reader,


Please vote for The Boston Babydolls every day! There’s a little treat below as a thank you…


Chairs are for your butt, not your bag.

When you’re some place with limited seating, like most dressing rooms and back stages, find some other place to put your stuff. Don’t deprive someone else of a place to perch.

= YES










= NO











Easy to remember!
M2

Published in: on 15 February 2013 at 10:11 am  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip!

Dear Constant Reader,

Here’s your daily reminder to nominate The Boston Babydolls for Best Burlesque. You can vote once per day per email/IP address. Thank you.

Today’s tip comes from Betty Blaize, our hairstyle expert:
When adding extra curl to curly hair, you can often get a quick, no-heat curl this way.
-Determine the shape of the natural curl.
-Wrap it around your finger accentuating the direction.
-Spray the curl heavily.
-Pin the curl to the side of the head for 5 minutes (until the spray dries).
-Unpin and comb gently. Perfect for trailing wisps and that one strand that won’t play well with others.

M2

Published in: on 1 February 2013 at 10:38 am  Leave a Comment  
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Rehearsing

Dear Constant Reader,

First, I just thought I’d mention that it’s time for nominations for The Boston Phoenix Readers’ Poll. We’d love to be Best Burlesque in Boston again and the first step is for you to nominate us. You can vote once per day per email/IP address. Thank you!

We are about to open our new show The Bod of Avon, so, as you might expect, have been rehearsing that heavily. However, the other night, we took a little time to work on some other upcoming events.

We’re reviving our July Project numbers. First we’ll be performing them at The Mardi Gras Ball (20th anniversary! 2 nights!) and then at a private event. Not only did we need to warm them up, but we had to talk about what changes we’ll make for each event. At the Mardi Gras Ball the stage (not very large to start with) is crammed with musicians, so we have to be fairly compact in our movements. The other event requested “bralesque” (i.e. not going down to pasties), so most of us need to revise our endings a bit to comply.

After running through everything for those shows, we were all a bit draggy and looking longingly at the clock. After all, we’d had a preview show on Sunday, a “Bod” rehearsal on Monday, and now another rehearsal on Tuesday. And Scratch had said we’d go out for drinks after. Then Brigitte said “Come on, bitches! Let’s do it!” (or something like that). And we nodded and all got into our costumes for the finale of The Bod of Avon.

It’s a 6-person number with some precision group moves. Lots of moving parts. It looks good now, but we know we can do better, so we ran it. Several times. Drilled it. Checked on small things, like positions of hands and feet. Made sure we were all closing our parasols in sync. Etcetera, etcetera.

You’ve voted us the Best Burlesque in Boston for several years now, and we work like heck to earn it. Even when we’d rather be having cocktails.

M2

Published in: on 24 January 2013 at 12:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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