Saturday, August 23, 2014
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Peek-a-boo revue

WELL! It won't be called the Peek-a-Boo Revue at the Flower Show, but that's this group's real name. They're billed as the Flower Show Follies and were told to keep everything family-rated at the Convention Center. This information comes to us via Lulu Lollipop, a member of the revue, which she describes as "neo-burlesque" and quite bawdy in real life, with a 22-member troupe that includes seven "dancing girls" and a live jazz ensemble.

Peek-a-boo revue

WELL! It won't be called the Peek-a-Boo Revue at the Flower Show, but that's this group's real name. They're billed as the Flower Show Follies and were told to keep everything family-rated at the Convention Center. This information comes to us via Lulu Lollipop, a member of the revue, which she describes as "neo-burlesque" and quite bawdy in real life, with a 22-member troupe that includes seven "dancing girls" and a live jazz ensemble.

At the Flower Show, however, it's strictly a PG performance, with three "dancing girls" and one singer narrator, who walks the crowd through a highlights tour of Paris nightlife ... the cafes and nightclubs, the Montmartre arts scene, a verrry mild cabaret-style fan dance (which originally was done in ye old birthday suit, remember), a little can can with nothing risque whatsoever. Some might be disappointed, but it's a family-oriented Flower Show, after all. Lulu and fellow performers, who include Cherry Bomb and Sophie Sucre, are wearing bloomers and stockings and corsets with a little cleavage and coquetry. No big whup. There are four songs and five dance numbers altogether.

The Revue - I mean Follies - will be performing several times a day on the carousel stage, 30 minutes each time, all week (except Sunday, the last day). Lulu does Peek-a-Boo for fun. For a living, she does bridal alterations in Drexel Hill. Like the rest of us, she loves to play but has to eat. If you want to check out the real Peek-a-Boo girls, go for it: http://www.peekaboorevue.com/ 

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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