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'Dirty Sexy Chocolate Show' readies for the road

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'The Dirty Sexy Chocolate Show'

Jeremy Sher, a trained actor and a trained pastry chef, combined two of his passions for the “The Dirty Sexy Chocolate Show,” an evening of music, comedy and, of course, chocolate.

“The Dirty Sexy Chocolate Show” was a culinary experiment for Missoula resident Jeremy Sher.

The trained actor and trained pastry chef put his two passions through an emulsion blender for an evening-length show set to 1970s soul music. It would be funny. It would be sexy. There would be dessert made on stage and served to the audience.

Given that it was a new venture, he was surprised when it began selling out before its very first show.

“I didn’t know how well it would be received. Even a year after we did the show, people were still talking to me about it. That’s when I really committed to bringing it back,” Sher said.

He’d already begun making plans to revive the show again in 2016 and take it on tour when his novel recipe earned a boost: an Artist’s Innovation Award from the Montana Art Council that came with $3,000 in funding.

He’s putting that money directly toward taking the show – and its 15 artists, performers and designers – on the road.

He decided against slimming it down for the tour. It’s still “big, silly and sexy with live music,” he said.

Sher said they could’ve used pre-recorded music, but opted to keep the live energy.

“It would just be a different show – not nearly as fun,” he said.

The participating performers include Missoula theater regular Reid Reimers, who many will recognize from his recurring role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the annual local production of “The Rocky Horror Show Live.”

On the musical front, jazz-and-blues singer Margi Cates of the WhizPops and Northern Lights. Cates is returning from New Orleans, where she moved to further her music career.

Cates, who performed in the show last year, said the set list is a mix of covers and parodies: soul and funk tunes rewritten about chocolate and baking. Isaac Hayes’ “Do Your Thing” is transmogrified into “Jam On,” about putting apricot jelly on a tort.

“It’s a sexualization of food, but it’s really fun and bawdy and yummy,” she said.

She said she enjoys the show because she can stick with singing and not acting. “(I) just get to wear a beautiful corset and sing songs.”

Sometimes the other actors feed her chocolate on stage.

“It’s kind of a dream job,” she said.

Heather Adams of the Downtown Dance Collective generated all-new choreography. Bassist and composer John Sporman is leading the live band.

The show will hit Whitefish, Helena, Missoula and Seattle’s Triple Door.

Regarding his dual resume, Sher acted in the Montana Repertory Theatre’s “Circle Mirror Transformation” and its annual Colony writers workshop performances, in addition to work with regional theaters in Seattle, Chicago and New York.

He has 20 years of experience as a pastry chef, including work at Scotty’s Table, Posh Chocolat and the Buttercup Market and Cafe.

For the Missoula show, Bravo Catering is making the dessert with Tandem Doughnuts providing a gluten-free option.

The show will hit Whitefish on Wednesday through Friday, Feb 3-5, at the Crush Lounge. Go to dirtysexychocolateshow.com for tickets, which start at $22 for general admission, with VIP options available.

The show returns to the Top Hat on Saturday, Feb. 13, and Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14.

Tickets are available at tophatlounge.com. For more information, go to

dirtysexychocolateshow.com or the show’s Facebook page. Previous shows have sold out, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.

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