First it was a wedding, then a Vegas Rat Pack, now Pacino’s is bringing in a new Kissimmee dinner show called the Big Bang Burlesque. As with Capone’s Dinner & Show, guests are transported back in time to the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s when gangsters ruled and the nightclubs and dance halls featured cabaret entertainment. That, however, is about the only similarity between these two shows.
Capone’s features a show that includes a lot of comedy and is family-friendly. Most of the “seedy” show lines fly over the heads of the little ones. For the most part, if you allow your child to watch the evening television shows airing today, you’ll be fine in bringing the little ones to Capone’s show. The Big Bang Burlesque only allows guests 21 and over – for a good reason. As with Treasure Tavern, which is also an adult-only Orlando dinner show, Big Bang Burlesque takes the talent a step further in the sexy category. The show is saucy with plenty of striptease, twirling tassels (covering the bare minimum), flying feathers and more (less, actually – if you know what I mean). My recommendation: If going to a strip club would make you uncomfortable, do not go to this show. If you like a show “just naughty enough” then this show would be a fun experience.
Another huge difference between these Kissimmee dinner shows is the meal experience. Capone’s features an all-inclusive package. For the low price of $31.99 (adult using coupon), you receive an all-you-can-eat buffet, unlimited drinks (including several alcohol choices), dessert and the show. The experience will last anywhere from 2 to 3 hours, depending upon how long you linger after the show (or before the show if the Four Deuces pre-show is part of your evening plans). The Big Bang Burlesque is about an hour and a half, unless you arrive early for dinner drinks (not included). You have the option to include dinner ($55/ticket), or see the show only ($27/ticket). Tickets at the door for the show only are $35. Dinner includes a choice of one entreé: Chicken Parmigiana, Spaghetti with Meatballs, or Four Cheese Ravioli. You’ll receive a salad of mixed greens, tomatoes, black olives topped with Italian vinaigrette. (Capone’s has an entire salad bar.) Beverages include water, soda, ice tea and coffee. A full bar is available, but not included.
The Big Bang Burlesque show has been successful in Tampa Bay for many years. With The Bella Room at Pacino’s Italian Restaurant (5795 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, FL 34746) adding this new Kissimmee dinner show on Saturday’s only, they will have a chance to see how it will be received. At this time, only Saturdays starting May 9 through July are being promoted. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. with the doors opening at 6:00 p.m. Like the other shows that have been performed at this Kissimmee theater, it could run successfully for awhile, then be replaced with yet another show. Only time will tell.
If you’d like to spend an evening in an atmosphere that will remind you of the smoky, seedy dance halls where a “dance for a dime” was prevalent, this is your chance. Step back in time to the original Cotton Club in New York, the Copacabana in Miami, the Kit Kat Club in Berlin, the Stardust in Las Vegas, or the infamous Moulin Rouge in Paris. The Big Bang Burlesque will allow you to “visit” them all in one venue for one evening.
If you’re looking for a show for the entire family, Capone’s Dinner & Show is still the best show around! The value is hard to beat, and there isn’t a dinner show in Orlando that can beat the half price tickets purchased online. A group of 4 can attend and still pay less than you and your date will spend at other shows. However, if you are in need of some steamy entertainment on a Saturday night, check out the Big Bang Burlesque. If you attend this new Kissimmee dinner show, we’d love for you to share your experience here on Al’s blog. Keep it clean though! Al respects the ladies and expects his boys to be gents. Enjoy the show!