Experience the art of the tease as critically acclaimed Quinn Lemley stars in her new touring production, Burlesque to Broadway. The limited run will be presented two nights only, tonight, May 18th and 19th at 8 pm at Brooklyn's Millennium Theater.
Along with sexy sidekicks Natalie Loftin Bell and Stacey Harris and a smoking 10-piece big band Lemley takes audiences on a journey from the early days of underground burlesque clubs to mainstream acceptance by the Broadway establishment and beyond.
This theatrical concert, directed by Tony Award winner Joseph Hardy, honors rule-breaking icons such as Sally Rand, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Mae West, and celebrates their ascent as they danced on The Edge of the law, laid bare the double standards of the era, and fueled a movement that would influence divas for the next century.
"When people think of burlesque they often think of striptease," says Lemley, "and while that's certainly part of the fun, the burlesque movement of the 20s and 30s had much broader cultural influence." The savvy women of burlesque drove trends in fashion and comedy, and even served as the launch pad for the television variety show. "From Cher to Lady Gaga, we continue to see the influence of the burlesque movement in everything from music to fashion to dance."