There are only a few places in the world where you’ll be able to experience an authentic burlesque performance, and New Orleans is one of them.
After Storyville, a notorious 1897 red-light district known for its scandalous burlesque shows, prostitution houses, and vibrant jazz scene, shut down in 1917, the satire-act’s success had already embedded itself into the Big Easy’s nightlife culture. Today, thanks to performers like “Evangeline, the Oyster Girl” (who headlined Casino Royal with an act that included her rising from a giant oyster shell and dancing with an oversized pearl), NOLA’s burlesque scene stands among the most remarkable in the world. Follow us now as we guide you through New Orleans’ best spots for burlesque.
Specializing in re-creating Bourbon Street’s 1940s nightlife entertainment, Bustout Burlesque is an authentic burlesque show that is bringing back New Orleans’ risqué acts with beautiful striptease dancers, live music, singers, and more. Based at the NOLA House of Blues, the vaudeville continues to be at the forefront of the local and national scene by featuring some of the word’s most beautiful and talented performers. Visitors can find out about performances that take place at various locations around the Big Easy and purchase tickets for the All-American burlesque re-creation by visiting its website.
With acts ranging from fire eaters and comedians to aerialists and, of course, beautiful burlesque dancers, Fleur de Tease is one of the leading variety venues in New Orleans. Produced by burlesque dancer Trixie Minx, this show is designed to please those who enjoy extravagant, carnival-style performances. Fleur de Tease hosts events throughout the city almost every week. Visitors can reserve a table by purchasing a $25 (£17) ticket via the company’s website. If you aren’t worried about reserving a table, you can purchase a $15 (£10) general admission ticket at the door.