Chicago, IL (June 8, 2012): Known for parodies of pop-culture movies and games, it's no surprise that Gorilla Tango Burlesque eventually caught the attention of the corporate overlords. The formerly titled “Go Go Power Rangers: A Mighty Morphin Burlesque” opened on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 11:59pm, and performing thru July and has undergone a slight redesign and title change.
"We expected that we'd run in to some questions of copyright vs. parody at some point," says owner/executive director Dan Abbate, "so when Saban contacted us on Wednesday (June 6 - two days before opening) to talk about our Power Rangers parody we were happy to meet them in the middle." Saban's requests turned out to be relatively tame, with the primary concerns being the show's title and the character's names.
"My only regret," says artistic director MsPixy, "is that I did not come up with better options for the title on short notice." Apparently due to some snap decisions and fast-paced back-and-forth negotiations, the show is now titled HOOTER RANGERS: A SPICY MORPHING BURLESQUE.
"Yeah," adds MsPixy, "we had many better ideas after the fact-- but by the time we came up with the really good stuff, we were already stuck with 'Hooter Rangers.' (she laughs) On the other hand, the total absurdity and "Engrish" feel of the new title does fit well in to the "details lost in translation" vibe of the original show. And, hey, wouldn't you at least click a link to find out what the hell 'Spicy Morphing' is supposed to mean?" What it means is a good-time romp through the recently renamed "Heaven Hills," where an evil witch with pointy bosoms inflicts a giant space-monster (ironically already named "Cens-a-sourous") on a bunch of ninjas in spandex.