Hollywood Burlesque Festival
Hollywood Burlesque Festival – May 31 – June 2, 2019
The Hollywood Burlesque Festival was established to ensure the ongoing tradition of burlesque in the arts; to raise awareness and appreciation of an art form that both empowers and admires the human figure.
Burlesque shows were precursors to vaudeville. Vaudeville was the precursor to the American musical. Burlesque is the “grandfather” of the American musical!
American burlesque is a genre of the modern variety show. Derived from elements of Victorian burlesque, music hall and minstrel shows, burlesque shows in America became popular in the 1860s and evolved to feature ribald comedy (lewd jokes) and female striptease. By the early 20th century, burlesque in America was presented as a populist blend of satire, performance art, music hall, and adult entertainment, featuring striptease and broad comedy acts.
Since the birth of motion pictures, Hollywood has been the destination for those with dreams of making it. Once home to some of the greatest burlesque houses and nightclubs in the world — Largo, Slapsy Maxie’s, The Majestic, The Burbank Theater, Ciro’s (where Lili St. Cyr was arrested for performing her bathtub number), Earl Carroll Theater, The Orpheum, and The Follies — against the backdrop of this entertainment mecca, the Hollywood Burlesque Festival celebrates the glamorous yesterday and exciting today of burlesque.
Burqlesque Festival 2019 Highlights
The 2019 Hollywood Burlesque Festival presents four nights of showcases, competitions, classes and film screenings.
Some of the most famous names in Burlesque history…
- Josephine Baker
- Theda Bara
- Al Jolson
- Gypsy Rose Lee
- Abbott and Costello
- Bettie Page
- Bob Hope
- Blaze Starr
- Sally Rand
- Lili St. Cyr
- Tempest Storm
- Mae West
“It’s not enough anymore just to be a musical artist. You have to hit on a lot of cylinders.”
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