100 Colorado Creatives: Burlesque and cabaret queen Cora Vette
#42: Cora Vette
TL Gallegos Photography. Cora Vette and the Hot Rods.
Cora Vette, aka Reyna Von Vette, is larger than life, with a big sassy voice, a ribald sense of humor and a sparkly way with a needle and thread, which all come in handy when she tackles her many roles as a burlesque-show hostess-with-the-mostest, costume-maker and show-tune belter. She's the complete package, and when you see her in action onstage, you have no doubt about who's running the show...which she does, regularly, here in town with her own burlesque troupes and on the road at burlesque fests across the country.
Her newest local weekly show, the retro-inspired RestoMod, opens tonight at the VooDoo Comedy Playhouse (see below for more details from the horse's mouth); to note the occasion, we asked Vette to tackle our 100CC questionnaire. Read on -- the lady has a lot to say.
See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Michelle Baldwin
Andreas Koch. Cora Vette and the VaVaVettes.
If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
It would have to be Ella Fitzgerald. She is my all time favorite singer. Her voice is pure joy to my ears and her phrasing is gorgeous. To somehow magically be able to sing with her would be amazing! Also, Mae West. She was a strong woman way ahead of her own time. She was sassy but still classy, and she really knew what would draw in a crowd. Her play simply titled SEX was scandalous and a sellout. It also got her arrested, which only gained her more notoriety. She was a ton of fun, totally bold, uniquely herself and a brilliant businesswoman.
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
I would have to say Imelda May. She is a rockabilly singer from Dublin who cut her teeth as a burlesque singer. I love her style. She is retro glam, but with a harder edge. She also sings the most beautiful ballads and jazz standards. Actually, she is doing exactly what I do, so it's inspiring to see someone make it work on a much larger scale. It proves to me that there is a market out there for what I do as a musician in addition to my work as a burlesque-show host. She is headlining the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly weekend next April, and I've been asked to host their burlesque competition night, so I'll get to see her perform live. I'm pretty excited about that!
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