NYC’s The Love Show presents Cirque du Sexy – Fri, 2/21 @ The Black Cat

A titillating evening of Magic, Burlesque, Circus & Dance!
The Love Show Dancers!
Magician ~ Emcee, The Great Dubini!
Aerial Enchantress, Airin deSkies!
DC’s Own Sideshow Girl, Mab Just Mab!
Fri, 2/21. 2 Shows
Doors 8:45pm Show 9:15pm
Doors 11:00pm Show 11:30pm
$12 adv / $15 dos
Black Cat
1811 14th St. NW
Washington DC
The Love Show gets the sexy goin’ with their tightly choreographed and costumed numbers, theatrical appeal and gorgeous girls and boys. A little cabaret, a little ballet and a whole lotta rock ‘n’ roll, The Love Show has entertained all audiences, from glitzy nightclub fashionistas to gritty downtown theatergoers. The Love Show’s client list includes Vogue Magazine, Cointreau, Dom Perignon, Veuve Clicquot, and the BBC, and they have rocked stages ranging from CBGB’s Gallery to posh SOHO House. The Love Show was most recently comissioned to perform original choreography for the New York screening of The Antics Roadshow, a new film by Banksy. An active presence on the New York art scene, The Love Show was also awarded a week long residency with Chashama, and recently closed the seventh season of their very popular holiday show, Nutcracker: Rated R, which they also just performed in Tokyo. The New York Post and many other publications have praised The Love Show, and The New York Times sent a reporter to follow the troupe’s exploits on Bastille Day.
Angela Harriell (choreographer) is the director and choreographer of the popular Nutcracker: Rated R, as well as the founder and choreographer of the cabaret dance troupe, The Love Show. Her choreography has been called witty, moving, unique and theatrical, with narratives that are simultaneously autobiographical and universal. A graduate of Fredonia University, where she received The Graduate Scholarship for ballet, she has worked with Elisa Monte and David Brown dance, Randy James Danceworks, and taught ballet at Binghamton University. Angela’s work has been seen at The Flea Theater, HERE theater, The New York Burlesque Festival, The New York Fringe Festival, White Wave Dance Festival, The Philly Fringe Festival’s Late Night Cabaret, House of Yes (earning her a New York Innovative Theatre Awards Outstanding Choreography nomination), and different nightclubs throughout New York. She has set original works for Jerboa Dance of Seattle as well as Key West Contemporary Dance in Key West, Florida. Cointreau and Vogue magazine have commissioned pieces from her, and she has created and directed three Off-Off-Broadway productions, including Nutcracker: Rated R, which has sold out in its runs over the past seven seasons in New York and was performed in Tokyo last spring, and the most recent, Dance Mayhem: A Grindhouse Ballet, which recently debuted at New York’s Theatre 80 to great acclaim. Her work has thrice been selected to be presented at special galas at the National Arts Club, where Angela has performed along with such luminaries as Elaine Stritch, F. Murray Abraham, Tammy Grimes, Charles Busch and Julie Halston. Angela was a Hammerstein Beauty at Simon Hammerstein’s notorious downtown supper club, The Box, and also performs with Brooklyn Ballet, Brooklyn Repertory Opera and Opéra Français de New York. Most recently, Angela was commissioned to create original choreography for the New York screening of The Antics Roadshow, a new film by Banksy. Angela also taught dance at Lincoln Center for Midsummer Night’s Swing. The New York Post and many other publications have praised her choreography, and The New York Times sent a reporter to follow her troupe’s exploits on Bastille Day.
Quotes about The Love Show:
… hilariously kinky… distinctly twisted… holiday fare.
– Ruth La Ferla, The New York Times on Nutcracker: Rated R
… roguishly flirtatious…
– Alistair Macaulay, The New York Times on Nutcracker: Rated R
Naughty & nice.
– Leigh Witchel, The New York Post on Nutcracker: Rated R
…the always impressive director/choreographer/impresario Angela Harriell… manages to create some of the most eclectic performances out there.
– Michael Roderick,
…a show filled with hilarious satire, beautiful and elegant movements, and a chaotic orgy of sexuality… It’s a show you can easily see again and again. It shakes things up and leaves you feeling saucy.
– Alana Gharzita, Debaucheri (, on The Love Show’s Guide to Sex at Galapagos
…the brilliant Angela Harriell…could be the next Susan Stroman.
– Richmond Shepard, Performing Arts INSIDER, and, on Nutcracker: Rated R
Nutcracker was great, very impressive!
– Moby on Nutcracker: Rated R
…it’s extraordinary. It’s a wonderful, theatrical accomplishment.
– F. Murray Abraham on Nutcracker: Rated R
The Love Show does the best burlesque group numbers I’ve ever seen, and it was a rare treat to get to see them at the 2009 NYBF Golden Pasties Awards this year.
– Monty Leman, burlesque photographer
EXCELLENT, I lubbed it & will go back again & again, definitely rated ‘R’. The details in choreography, musical preciseness, and character development are laugh out loud, tears in your eyes, funny. Go see this if you can git in.
– Kat Wildish on Nutcracker: Rated R
Angela Harriell and her ‘neo-cabaret’ company, The Love Show, have reinvented the Christmas classic…It sure isn’t your New York City Ballet Nutcracker, but it’s a hell of a lot more fun…classic elegance peppered with contemporary grit.
– Kerri Allen,, on Nutcracker: Rated R
Harriell’s visual witticisms are wonderful, from her update of the Battle with the Rat King (now involving the not toy soldiers, but boiler-suited minions of the Health Department, and fought for dominion of the Stahlbaums’ restaurant); to the towering Empire State Building that replaces the Christmas tree; to a sad, haunting pas-de-deux by a pair of half-sleeping homeless people.
– R L Nesvet,, on Nutcracker: Rated R
Angela Harriell has created a unique and intriguing work…and a showcase for her considerable talents as a choreographer and dramatist and her cast as dancers and actors.
– Byrne Harrison,, on Nutcracker: Rated R
…it was The Love Show that really turned on the crowd. Rhonda Gdasi’s rousing rendition of Tom Petty’s Honey Bee was pitch perfect for her partners’ lascivious motions.
–, on the New York Burlesque Festival
The show, a happy and fun piece of work from the opening number to the expertly choreographed, starry eyed closing dance called ‘This Moment’ had this writer spellbound by the artistry the performers exhibited while they effortlessly handled one demanding routine after another. In a word, impressive!
– Lee ‘The Cool Guy’, Retrovision Theater, on The Love Show: Because Love Ain’t All Hearts and Chocolates