Any movie starring CHER & Christina Aguilera needs little introduction! A legend like CHER & a prime talent like Christina have an undeniable star power. Burlesque is the perfect vehicle to bring these showstoppers together for the first time on stage and screen. CHER stars as Tess- a former dancer, now club owner who is down on her luck as she tries to keep her dream alive despite a floundering venue. Christina is the fresh faced Ali who comes to L.A. to seek fame and fortune. Burlesque is the club & the art form that sets the stage for the drama, the dance, & the blockbuster songs that will make this film a classic. CHER is CHER from the first shot to the last. We get to see her sing and dance (as rare and limited as that is!). Christina shines like a bright shooting star. The whole world already knows she has one of the strongest voices heard in decades. Burlesque gives her the chance to show off her acting and choreography skills. She is brilliant! Her moves are as impressive as her vocals. Not to mention what motherhood has done to her beauty - STUNNING! Her rendition of the classic burlesque fan dance is cause enough to see this film.
Lest I forget the bartender -Jack, played by Cam Gigandet. The hunky, if frustrated songwriter has lost sight of his dream of fame for the steady paycheck at the club. With a twinkle in his eye and dimple in his cheek (not on his face!) Mr. Gigandet raises the temperature in every scene he is in - with or without his clothes.
Dr. McSteamy himself Eric Dane is also in the mix as the smarmy entrepreneur with the charm of a vulture to feed on his prey - in business and in bed. Stanley Tucci reprises his "Devil Wears Prada" character again as the mincing gay sidekick.
Making his directorial debut for the big screen is Steve Antin. Antin is an actor, writer, & producer who gives a solid albeit at times cliche vision of this told so many times before story. Mr. Antin definitely does not reinvent the wheel here, but keeps the story rolling along.
The film is a must see for any musical or Broadway fan. It goes without saying that Cher & Christina fans already have their tickets! Look for cameos by Peter Gallagher and Alan Cumming as well.
BURLESQUE is in theaters now - click SHOWGIRLS to find a theater near you. View trailer below: