Nightmare before XXX-mas: Burlesque show pays tribute to Tim Burton

Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

It’s showtime!

A group of drag and burlesque performers will kick off the Halloween season this weekend with a sexy, spooky show honoring the filmmaker behind “Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhan­ds,” and “The Nightmare Behind Christmas.” The troupe behind “Madness: A Drag & Burlesque tribute to Tim Burton,” at Coney Island USA on Oct. 5, are all big fans of the director’s freaky films, said the recently crowned Mr. Coney Island, who will also perform in the show.

“As a troupe we’re very into the aesthetics of classic early ’90s, artsy, spooky Halloween stuff, all of us enjoy light horror,” said Lee Valone, who lives in Flatbush. “We’re all into the aesthetics of things that are a little bit creepy. We’re really representing different characters from Tim Burton movies and representing his aesthetic as a filmmaker and illustrator.”

Several guest stars, including Doll Body and Foxy Belle Afriq, will join the members of Valone’s troupe Beefsquad, so audiences can expect a about a dozen performers to dress up in (and then strip out of) outfits inspired by Burton’s gothy, over-the-top costumed characters, according to Valone.

“They can expect nostalgia, they can expect to be delighted by costumes and performance,” he said. “I was raised on Tim Burton movies so it’s a good excuse to be playful and have some fun for the Halloween season.”

Valone, who grew up watching Burton’s movies, said that his favorite is “Edward Scissorhan­ds,” but that he has not yet decided whether to portray the blade-handed boy, the ghoulish title character of “Beetlejuice,” or the talented director himself. Regardless of his choice, he said, audiences should expect the adults-only show to be only PG-13 in terms of frights.

“I’ll possibly impersonating Tim Burton himself, why not?” he said. “It’s going to be a little spooky, but not scary.”

“Madness: a Drag and Burlesque Tribute to Tim Burton” at Coney Island USA (1208 Surf Ave. at W. 12th St. in Coney Island, Oct. 5 at 9 pm. $15.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Posted 12:29 am, October 3, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Woman from Grossed Out says:
These people only think about one thing, and it's disgusting!
Oct. 3, 2018, 7:13 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Grow a pair, Woman from Grossed Out. I’m going!
Oct. 3, 2018, 3 pm

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: