Just a few steps shy of Washington DC’s own historic “Black Broadway,” history was revisited by with GiGi Holliday and Palace Productions’ Chocolate Lounge.
This wasn’t an accidental jump back in time. African American traditions in DC are ingrained inside GiGi Holliday, who produced the revue. “It’s important to me,” she told me, “because I wanted to bring light to the past. Share and show the history of DC. Black Broadway (U Street) was the place to see DC’s Harlem renaissance.”
A cast consisting of the mesmerizing Kelli LiMone, the always darling Daninty Dandridge, the sizzling Maki Roll, and of course DC’s own legitimate lovechild GiGi Holliday left the crowd wanting more. For a taste of cajun love, side show beauty Reggie Buggmuncher brought some delightful pain to the gathering. Stage kitten Dimples Devine rounded out the cast with her endearing, playful banter with host GiGi. To make the night even more special each and every girl’s routine was played live by the band Shades of Mocha, led by Pete Muldoon on guitar and with Herbert Scott on saxophone, Blake Meister on Bass, and Warren G. Crudup III on drums.
The brass-heavy band brought new life into a classic burlesque show. Each dancer, with their chocolaty skin, mesmerized the crowd and took them back in time to the 1920’s Black Broadway. This was the second round of Chocolate Lounge for Miss Holliday, “It was so full of life! So much life and love. I’m excited to watch it grown.”