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Three upcoming Mauch Chunk Opera House shows in particular recall an era when the facility was first built, when Vaudeville acts from all over the country performed here regularly.

Paul Thorn at the Mauch Chunk Opera House

Paul Thorn Band

We cite Paul Thorn’s June 15 show, because the Tupelo, Mississippi native has the story of a Vaudevillian; his father was a preacher, and says his uncle a pimp, he himself having done everything from working the factory floor, to duking it out with Roberto Duran. That fascinating retinue of life experiences reveals itself in his music, perhaps best characterized as southern folk-rock. His tightly-knit band has been together almost 20 years, and, when they take the stage, that togetherness shows.

On June 16, Philadelphia’s acclaimed Peek-A-Boo Revue takes the stage featuring not only lovely ladies and witty comedians, but considerable talent in both dance and song.

Peek-A-Boo Revue at the Mauch Chunk Opera House

Peek-A-Boo Revue

One Yelp reviewer summed it up: Lulu Lollipop once gave a strip tease with a broken arm–she’s so badass she covered her hurtin’ wing in pleather and worked it. Ginger Leigh can wink better than anyone you’ve ever met. Key performed a bath sequence strip tease where she doused herself in Jack Daniels rather than the traditional agua. For all of the aforementioned reasons and because my cover was waived on account of a “pin-up girl discount”* for one of their shows, I’ve fallen a little in love with all of them.

Long known as Philly’s #1 neo-burlesque troupe, PBR has won accolades not only from its fans but from national TV shows like America’s Got Talent. Mae West, who once performed at the Opera House, would have been proud – and sitting in the front row.

Leon Redbone at the Mauch Chunk Opera House

Leon Redbone

Leon Redbone’s June 6 appearance on Jimmy Fallon Late Night sweetly continued the Jim Thorpe discussion, while emphasizing the true uniqueness, the one-of-a-kindness of this particular performer.

While his gravelly baritone and omnipresent fedora, dark glasses, and Groucho Marx mustache made him one of the more distinct and recognizable characters in popular music, little is known about the neo-vaudeville crooner. Throughout his career, he steadfastly refused to divulge any information about his background or personal life.

You can just about hear a scratchy 78 spinning on the turntable when you attend a Leon Redbone performance is how Rolling Stone long ago described him. On June 22, you can listen for yourself, as he joins his trio onstage at the Opera House.


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Philadelphia’s neo-burleque Peek-A-Boo Revue visits Jim Thorpe’s Mauch Chunk Opera House on Saturday, December 18 having entertained enthusiastic, sold-out crowds with good old Follies-style dancing, knee-slapping comedy, sultry singing, and burlesque beauties performing modern and classic striptease.

Peek-A-Boo Revue at the Mauch Chunk Opera HouseTickets for their Opera House show can be reserved online at the venue website or by calling 570-325-0249.

Starting humbly in The Five Spot Nightclub in Philadelphia as a variety show created by the owner Phil Cohen, the Peek-A-Boo Revue grew rapidly.  Beginning its run as an occasional Wednesday evening affair, PBR quickly became two shows every first Saturday, a new show freshly-minted each month. Peek-A-Boo Revue at the Mauch Chunk Opera House

The cast morphed into a tight-knit cast of friends, an ensemble of men and women capable of almost anything onstage. Their remarkable run was derailed in February 2007, as they witnessed the loss of their beloved Five Spot to a fire. The club’s true legacy, its support of creative diversity, and the nurturing of talent, lives on embodied by the Peek-A-Boo Revue.

Forced to find new venues, the group now performs at  The Tin Angel, and The Palace of Wonders in Washington DC (which held a monthly showcase for the group for a seven-month run). The group has been also booked for the annual Philadelphia Fringe Cabaret for the past 9 years.

Peek-A-Boo Revue at the Mauch Chunk Opera HouseWith stars like Lulu Lollipop, Cherry Bomb, Louise L Tease, and Count Scotchula, The Peek-A-Boo Revue prides itself on a neo-burlesque mix of comedy, dance and song.

The group has performed for a wide-range of audiences over the years, and been attached to many high-profile events, festivals and causes :

  • The Cartoon Network’s ADULT SWIM Fan Picture Show
  • Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim 4 your lives(part of the Festival of Independents)
  • The Velvet Hammer Documentary’s Philadelphia premiere
  • The Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Film Festivals
  • Cirque de Soleil’s post-premiere party (2002 and 2004)
  • Jennifer Tilley (Bound over Broad Street) Criminal Convention (PIGLFF)
  • The Philadelphia Fringe Festival – Late Night Cabaret
  • In Liquid Arts Benefit (PA)
  • Womens Coalition for Sexual Freedom (PA)
  • Azuka Lounge: A Happy Hour Event Holiday Bash!
  • Benefit for Azuka Theatre (PA)
  • Saturday Night Live after party (NYC)

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