Minnie Tonka’s Interview About Her Upcoming Oz Tour!
As you may know by now, I have the great pleasure of bringing over the show ‘The Stage Door Johnnies & The Schlep Sisters‘ to Perth on the 16th October at the Fly By Night in Fremantle. I have seen both groups perform in the states live and it was one of the most awesome performances I have ever seen. They are both very inspirational!
I was also lucky enough while given the opportunity to perform at the New York Burlesque Festival in 2010, to meet Minnie Tonka, one half of the Schlep Sisters. She was so lovely and expressed her dream of one day coming to Perth. Now she is with this amazing show and here is my interview with her!
A’dora: Minnie, when I met you at the New York Burlesque Festival in 2010, you told me it was your dream to come to Australia? Looks like your dream is coming true with your upcoming tour to Oz in Oct/November. Tell me why you have wanted to come to Oz so much in the past?
Minnie: Yes! Australia has been the #1 place I’ve wanted to visit since the 90’s after I met my good friend Jacinta (who is from Melbourne) at a hostel in London. Over the years, Jacinta visited me, but I haven’t had the chance to visit her, until now! Throughout my life, in burlesque and also just travelling, the Australians I have encountered are some of the most lively, joyous people I’ve ever met and I cannot wait to spend a month with them! I get to perform and do what I love while I’m in the country I’ve dreamed about visiting for so many years?! This truly is a dream come true!!!
A’dora: As most of our Perth audiences have never been able to experience your amazing stage talents before, can you give us a quick description on your performance style. What is one/some of your acts that are the most requested?
Minnie: I am a neo-burlesque performer and I bring a bring humor, dance, theatrics, and lots of love to all my performances. I grew up in the 80’s, love the music, and that is reflected in several of my acts. Overall, my intention is to inspire, entertain, and make people laugh!
A’dora: Can you give me a few teasers of what will be in the show?
Minnie: We are excited to debut a new group number with The Stage Door Johnnies, our M.C. Nadine Dubois, and The Schlep Sisters (my duet with my dance partner, Darlinda Just Darlinda). I think what’s also exciting about this tour is that we have several solo acts plus The Johnnies trios and The Schlep Sisters duets. This show is going to be epic! Get ready, Australia!
A’dora: Who are these Stage Door Johnnies that everyone is talking about and why are one of the best things since sliced bread in the today’s burlesque scene?
Minnie: I am honored to call The Stage Door Johnnies – Ray Gunn, Jett Adore, and Bazuka Joe – my dear friends. Not only are they outstanding male burlesque dancers and entertainers, they are truly kind, genuine, and all-around awesome people! I’ve had the pleasure of spending a lot of time with them the past few years in Minneapolis (my hometown) and Chicago (their home base) and NYC (my home base) and also at burlesque festivals around the U.S. I think what makes them the best things since sliced bread in today’s burlesque scene is the fact that they are incredibly inspiring and creative performers – they put so much time and thought into their acts/characters – they each have their own unique style as individual performers and when they perform together as their trio, OMG! The Johnnies are super fun, on stage and off — Perth, GET READY!!!