Screen Gems has released a second movie trailer for Steven Antin‘s contemporary musical Burlesque (if you missed the first movie trailer, you can watch that at the link). I’m not a big fan of musicals, and when I have liked a film musical, it has usually been of the more cinematic variety. Burlesque is obviously a musical of the stage show-variety. I was also once interested in this project because it was announced that screenwriter Diablo Cody was doing a draft of the script, but I don’t see her name listed in the early credits, and the film doesn’t look to have any of her signature touches. Basically, this is a long way of saying, this just isn’t my thing.
November 24, 2010
Ali (Christina Aguilera) is a small-town girl with a big voice who escapes hardship and an uncertain future to follow her dreams to LA. After stumbling upon The Burlesque Lounge, a majestic but ailing theater that is home to an inspired musical revue, Ali lands a job as a cocktail waitress from Tess (Cher), the club’s proprietor and headliner. Burlesque’s outrageous costumes and bold choreography enrapture the young ingenue, who vows to perform there one day.
Soon enough, Ali builds a friendship with a featured dancer (Julianne Hough), finds an enemy in a troubled, jealous performer (Kristen Bell), and garners the affection of Jack (Cam Gigandet), a bartender and fellow musician. With the help of a sharp-witted stage manager (Stanley Tucci) and gender-bending host (Alan Cumming), Ali makes her way from the bar to the stage. Her spectacular voice restores The Burlesque Lounge to its former glory, though not before a charismatic entrepreneur (Eric Dane) arrives with an enticing proposal…
Directed by: Steven Antin
Written by: Steven Antin
Cast: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet, Alan Cumming, Julianne Hough, with Kristen Bell and Stanley Tucci