Spice is a semi-nude revue that has nothing to do with the new Spice Girls’ musical but everything to do with sensuality. It blends dance, burlesque and eye-catching circus, and uses film to form a moving backdrop. Set on a curving sweep of a stage in an alluring black and red room - reminiscent of The Crazy Horse in Paris - the artists are often lifted into view through trap doors.
Performers from Spice - The Show Photo: Copyright Monte-Carlo SBM
Four sections of vignettes and choreographed dance numbers - separated by fairly lengthy intervals - are backed by tracks such as Marilyn Manson’s covers of Tainted Love and Personal Jesus.
The opening fairground scene, with a merry-go-round, strongman and glittering showgirls with net boas is most striking and there is a fun spot, similar to the show Soap, with the strongman on straps over a bathtub and the girls in bath towels.
But before all that, the audience can admire them behind glass windows in two dressing room sets. Here they pose and, oops, drop articles of clothing, which necessitates bending over provocatively to retrieve them.
None of the cast’s names are revealed but the slinkstress whose garments are gradually removed by a male dancer, exudes class. She later carries the red fan in a sequence backed by Cher’s Welcome to Burlesque and appears in a duet on silks used as straps. Another dancer on Spanish web performs spectacular wrist and ankle spins in the restricted space.
Spice is full of flavour but a little more tease, instead of the casual whipping off of bras, would intensify the heat.