One of the biggest names in modern burlesque, Pontani (of The World Famous Pontani Sisters) and many of her dancer friends appear at the shows (and no doubt do wonders for the draw). Newman’s friendship with Lady Gaga’s boyfriend also led to a friendship and professional relationship with Gaga herself. He’s Gaga’s go-to Jazz guy, performing with the Pop star and his CCM pals, notably, on her network TV special, A Very Gaga Thanksgiving (where Newman got to perform with Tony Bennett, as well), the Today Show and the MTV Video Music Awards. Gaga has performed on Newman’s turf also — her guest appearances during Newman’s Jazz gigs often make music news headlines.Recently featured on the soundtrack to the movie Friends With Kids, Newman has also just issued a live document of his Oak Room shows, Live from New York City. Newman and Pontani are doing a trio of Ohio shows this week as “Burlesque-a-Pades,” featuring Jazz from Newman and his quintet and dancing from Pontani and friends. Showtime is 7 p.m. and this event is open to those 21 and up only.
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