Belmont Burlesque Revue

Belmont Burlesque Revue
Clockwise from Center: Lady Annabelle, Naughty Natanya, Paris Green, Titi Touché, Kitten Kaboodle and MsPixy (photo by Greg Inda Photography)

Belmont Burlesque is Back! 

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Videly regarded as a driving force in Chicago's 21st century burlesque revival, the Belmont Burlesque Revue first introduced hundreds of new fans (and dozens of future burlesque performers) to the art of burlesque in an 8-year open run from 2003-2011.  A great “first time” show for those new to burlesque, and an even better “best of” show for burlesque connoisseurs, Belmont Burlesque has long been a go-to show for locals and tourists seeking a lightly naughty night on the town in Chicago.

Vhere have they been?

Since 2011 the six Belmont Bombshells (Paris Green, MsPixy, Naughty Natanya, Titi Touché, Lady Annabelle, and Kitten Kaboodle) have been active and impactful on Chicago’s thriving Burlesque scene in a variety of vays.

Naughty Natanya and Titi Touché are founding members of The Kiss Kiss Cabaret, vhich has seen successful veekly performances at the Greenhouse Theater since 2010.  Paris Green took her talents beyond Chicago’s borders vith The Glitter Guild, a “nerdlesque” revue playing to thousands of “con” fans at GenCon and beyond, and MsPixy pioneered a series of immensely popular and long-running burlesque parodies at Gorilla Tango Theatre, including the smash hits Boobs and Goombas: A Super Mario BurlesqueFellowship of the Boobs: an LOTR, WoW, D&D, RPG Burlesque, SuperBoobs: A Superhero Burlesque Adventure, and The Empire Brings Sexy Back: A Star Wars Burlesque Sequel.

Vho are the glittery guests?

The 2013 revival of this classic burlesque showcase vill feature a selection of Chicago’s best burlesque striptease performers plus touring performers from across the country, all handpicked by the Belmont Bombshells themselves.

In addition to local performers such as Slightly Spitfire (vho vill guest at the March 2 premiere) Donna Touch, and Lady Jack, Belmont Burlesque vill velcome guests from Angel Burlesque in Indianapolis plus some of the vorld’s “Burlesque Top 50” such as Jeez Loueez and The Stage Door Johnnies.

Internationally renowned magician, The Amazing Tomas vill return vith the Belmont Bombshells to bring his mind-blowing mix of dry humor and outstanding illusion to the stage in every performance.

Likevise, the Belmont Burlesque Revue vill continue to play host to some of Chicago’s hottest up-and-coming stand-up comics (past comic guests have included Kumail Nanjiani, Jared Logan, Dan Telfer, and Beth Stelling, to name a few).  Throw in a few novelty acts—contortionists, sword-swallowers, and the like—and you begin to get a taste of the eclectic potpourri of awesomeness vhich made the Belmont Burlesque a local cult hit in its original run.

The same Revue?  Or something new?

Though the 2013 revival retains many of the qualities that first made Belmont Burlesque a hit (the Bombshells themselves vill perform both group and solo striptease numbers in every show), there are some new elements in store for long-time fans: a new host takes the helm in the curvaceous form of Belmont Bombshell MsPixy (along vith her liquid sidekick, ‘Giant Martini’).

Vhen is the Revue performing? 

The Belmont Burlesque Revue’s 2013 Revival vill perform at Theater Wit (1229 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago) at 10:30pm on March 2, April 20, June 22, August 24, October 26, and December 7 and 14.  Tickets are just $16, and can be purchased in advance at www.theaterwit.org or at the door (vhen available—shows generally sell out in advance).

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