Taking it off: The Best of Burlesque
So, I could tell you all about how the roots of burlesque derive from literary, dramatic or musical work that caricatures its serious counterparts. Or how the Minsky brothers brought burlesque to New York in 1908 then moved it to Las Vegas in the 50’s. I can spout figures on speakeasies, discuss laws governing public nudity and tell tales of past shenanigans. But we all know that a picture’s worth a thousand words, right? So how’s about a little less chatter and a few more videos instead?
I’ve chosen salty, sweet, nerdy, funny and cheeky for your viewing pleasure. May I suggest a pair of earphones? Or tilting your screen towards the window of your office? Remember, forewarned is forearmed.
NEW YORK CITY
308 Bower (between Bleeker & Houston St.)
Accessed by a a discreet door and set in an elegant turn-of-the-century dining room, evening and weekend shows include: Friday Night’s dinner and show “The Plume Review” and “Tease OHHHHHH Rama,” the mesmerizing Side Show Soiree, Opera Burlesque, Blue Eyed Soul and the Love Train.
RAWR! Burlesque offers two memorable ways to check out their shows
Comic Con Vixens
A fan boy’s dream come true! The Vixens performed as part of Comic Con NYC in 2015 and will be back for 2016’s event. Subscribe to their website to get the latest news.
RAWR! @Lovecraft Bar NYC
Playful, quirky and sometimes nerdy burlesque every Third Thursday at Lovecraft Bar NYC. 50 Avenue B, New York; advance tickets available at http://rawrjan21.bpt.me!
Wasabassco is famous for its sexy combination of contemporary striptease and high-end variety acts. Full of retro-glam sophistication and a playful sense of humor, each event is carefully curated and features the finest range of eclectic talent.
Shows held at a variety of venues around NYC and the U.S.
The LaLas Burlesque http://www.thelalas.com
Never seen a burlesque show? Don’t know your sequins from your stockings? That’s no problem according to the LaLas, because this seven-women tribe of high-octane performers is here to educate.
Find out more about the dancers who work – not surprisingly – in television and film industry.
Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil (18+)
Zumanity is a seductive twist on reality, making the provocative playful and the forbidden electrifying! Leave inhibitions at the door, let loose and marvel in a sexy thrill ride full of sensational acrobatics and naughty fun. Part burlesque and part cabaret, Zumanity is one full night you’ll never forget! Created for adults 18 and over.
Las Vegas Zombie Burlesque
Because I can’t possibly describe this any better than they already have:
Zombie Burlesque is the only Zombie Musical on the Strip that takes you back to the year 1958 in a world where the undead have taken over! Our story takes place shortly after the President of The United States struck a deal with the invading Zombie hordes to allow the living and the dead to coexist.
In exchange for peace, civilization promised to give the undead their worst prisoners, and so far the deal has held up better than any had expected. In an act of good faith, the zombies have opened up the doors to the most debaucherous club in the world of the undead. That’s right! Club Z is now open to the living, and the Fleshless Management Group has promised no harm will come to anyone.
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