Mer-men are diving into the Wreck Bar’s pool portholes where, up until now, only mermaids dipped.
“The Aquamen Underwater Burlesque Show” will add a splash of macho into the mix at the B Ocean Resort on Fort Lauderdale beach, best known for its MeduSirena Live Mermaid Show on weekends.
Staged (or should we say floated) in the bar’s porthole windows that look into the resort’s swimming pool, the show has six swimmers performing Thursdays at 9 p.m. starting Feb. 7.
The whole vibe, is a throwback to the ‘50s and ‘60s when porthole bars were quite common in resort destinations such as South Florida.
“Back when they did have these kinds of shows, men did a lot of shows as well,” explains Marina Anderson, the show’s producer. “They would do things ranging from performing as the Beatles to James Bond fight scenes and all this stuff would take place in these kind of waters. And now that there are so few left it really was a great opportunity to be able to revisit those days … that at one time were pretty prevalent and give people a little taste of what it was like back in the day.”
What do aquamen do in the show?
Anderson says she started putting the new men’s show together a year ago, auditioning the performers and then starting their training this fall.
“It’s a tough thing to describe, because if you tell them you’re going to see men underwater doing acts of derring-do … it is a very abstract concept. So generally I let them know they are going to see something that they probably won’t see anywhere else, which is absolutely true. This is the only underwater male burlesque show in the United States, which is really amazing.”
Anderson — whose stage name, or in this case her aqua name, is MeduSirena — says that the show morphs depending on audience reaction since the Wreck Bar attracts a lot of repeat customers.
“We don’t want them to feel that they are seeing the same thing twice,” she says. “And since the cast is as diverse as this one, you want to be able to produce something that will allow them to know what to expect. It’s very organic. And I think the sign of a good swimmer is to be able to work and go with the flow, to react to an audience calling or yelling. We can hear them through these windows. You’ll never get the same show twice. I think that is actually a really great aspect of the show.”
A little background
Anderson has been an aquatic performer at the Wreck Bar for 13 years, first as a figure swimmer known for her how-does-she-do-that breath control and her tourist-magnet mermaid costume. Soon afterward she was packing the venue as the director/producer of the underwater show starring her mermaid Aquaticats. On Fridays and Saturdays the women put on a family-friendly show at 7 p.m. There’s also a “Mermaids and Mimosas” Sunday brunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
And there’s the swim-tease of a show that’s more for grownups that starts at 10 p.m. on weekends. That show, which Anderson started in 2017, was inspired by Esther Williams’ elaborate synchronized swimming movies at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
How to see the show
There’s no cover charge. Doors open at 6 p.m. every Thursday starting Feb. 7 and patrons get a free glass of prosecco. Between 7-8 p.m. there are $7 cocktails and appetizer specials available ($8 cocktails between 8-9 p.m.). The show starts at 9 p.m.
Reservations are recommended by calling 954-245-3836 or email Restaurant.reservations@BOceanFortLauderdale.com.
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