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Phoenix-based show playing at Cocopah Casino again

November 14, 2013


Nov. 14--A popular burlesque-inspired variety show is dancing, leaping, tumbling and swinging its way for another appearance at Cocopah Casino.

Phoenix-based Scandalesque is bringing its new show "Fever" to the casino this Friday and Saturday.

"Fever will amaze and inspire all sexes and ages with a great mix of live music, dance theater, burlesque, comedy, circus and sexy variety acts," said John Giles, marketing director for Cocopah Casino. "This is the third time Scandalesque has performed here and they receive a standing ovation after every show."

"Scandalesque" has opened for Lady Gaga, performed at the Fiesta Bowl and was featured in the History Channel's special "Vegas Stripped." Spin magazine calls the show one of the best nights out in America, while the Phoenix New Times call their shows a "must see" event.

Co-founder Christy Zandlo, who performs under the name Pyrrha, says she loves hearing from audiences about the show's ability to transport a theater or showroom to a far-off place free of worry or concern.

"We have had people tell us how the show makes them forget their problems," Zandlo said. "I had an audience member come up to me one time and look deep in my eyes, hold my hands and say that the show touched her soul."

The cast regularly performs in Las Vegas at the "Fetish & Fantasy Ball," which was rated a top 10 Halloween event by the Travel Channel.

"This event is a great opportunity for couples and groups of friends to come out and see some great male and female performers who are at the top of their craft of dance, burlesque, cirque acts," Giles said. "My favorite performance is the acrobatic performers on the silk scarves. The performance is a great example of strength and agility.

The cast stages various styles ranging from burlesque to rock opera.

"We're not just a dance company or a comedy group," Zandlo said. "It's filled with live singers, dancers, aerialists, comedians and acrobats. We often get people judging our name. They automatically assume we are non-talented pretty ladies and men. Then they come to the show and they're in awe by our technique and artistry."

Performances are open to anyone age 21 and up.

"Don't be timid. It is adult-themed, but it will be an experience you will remember forever," he said. "Sit back, relax and let the performers of Scandalesque entertain you. Everyone will be giving a standing ovation at the end."

VIP tickets are $30 in advance or $35 day of the event and GA tickets are $20, $25 day of the event.

Darin Fenger can be reached at or 539-6860.


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