Front Yard Follies: Vaudvillian Burlesque and Freak Show Headed to Grand Central

Burlesque dancers are sexy all on their own. But throw in walking on glass and plate twirling, and you've just witnessed a new breed of theatre performance.

This Thursday, the Front Yard Theatre Collective (FYTC) will showcase its original improv sketches with a twist and a burlesque bump, for one night only. FYTC's first-ever vaudeville show, Front Yard Follies, will mix burlesque dancers, live skits, and some freaky surprises like glass eaters and body piercers.

"It's something different," says Gabriela Fernandez, FYTC Director, who says she hopes guests will feel like they just traveled through time.

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"My idea is for people to walk in and feel like they're in a burlesque-style, speakeasy in Chicago. But instead, in Miami," says Fernandez.

The FYTC is known for their Alice in Wynwood bike ride, during which the troupe performed a skit related to Alice in Wonderland at various stops in Wynwood. And The Front Yard Follies is sure to bring that same uniqueness.

"Expect original revues geared to get you thinking, cigarette girls, and a lot of fun," says theatre member, Stephany Torres.

Don't be surprised if you're invited to join an improv game with the all-star cast and maybe even twirl a plate or two.

Front Yard Follies will perform at 9 p.m. this Thursday, September 26, at The Garret at Grand Central, 697 N Miami Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $10 at the door; presale tickets are available at Visit

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