Best burlesque shows in NYC

Where to see burlesque and other sexy after-dark shows.

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Hollaback Girls: A Benefit to Combat Street Harassment

  • Price band: 1/4
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Bunny Buxom, Zoe Ziegfeld, Madame Rosebud and friends take a stand against catcalling at a charitable stripfest for nonprofit org Hollaback.

  1. Parkside Lounge 317 E Houston St, at Attorney St, 10002
  2. Tue Dec 2
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Nutcracker Rouge

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
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[Note: The review below is from a previous run of Nutcracker Rouge. The revived production is at XIV, Company XIV's new home in the East Village, and the current cast does not include Marisol Cabrera and Jeff Takacs.) Nutcracker Rouge.Minetta Lane Theatre (see Off Broadway). Directed and choreographed by Austin McCormick. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr 50mins. One intermission. Nutcracker Rouge: In brief Austin McCormick and his risqué neobaroque dance theater Company XIV present a lavish erotic reimagining of a classic holiday tale (adapted by Jeff Takacs), complete with circus performers, operatic singers and partial nudity. Nutcracker Rouge: Theater review by David Cote   Around this time of year, the word nutcracker conjures so much innocent wonder: Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, the dance of the sugarplum fairy, glitter pasties, stripper poles, comically large stuffed penises.… Oh, did I lose you there? Director-choreographer Austin McCormick has taken the Christmas staple and given it a NSFW spin. Nutcracker Rouge is the perfect hot date: a rated-R riff on the tale of Clara and an enchanted appliance—which may require batteries. Our wide-eyed heroine is now an adult named Marie Claire (Laura Careless, agog and breathing heavily), and the world she discovers is a wintry realm of half-naked dancers and acrobats, gyrating and performing physical stunts that send her into ecstasies of arousal. They get the audience riled up, too. Decked out in Zane Pihlstrom’s e

  1. XIV 428 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sat Jan 31
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Tooth Box Vol. 2: A Vagina Dentata Competition

  • Price band: 1/4
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Grin and bare it! Join Darlinda Just Darlinda, Scary Ben and the rest of the Bushwick crew at the second annual cha-chas-with-chompers pageant.

  1. Bizarre 12 Jefferson St, between Broadway and Bushwick Ave, 11206
  2. Tue Dec 2
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Behind the Velvet Curtain

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Starting to forget what people look like under bulky overcoats? Bettina May, Corvette LeFace, Mr. Gorgeous and Francine “The Lucid Dream” are more than happy to jog your memory.

  1. Beauty Bar 231 E 14th St , between Second and Third Aves, 10003
  2. Mon Dec 1
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Floating Kabarette

  • Price band: 2/4
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Galapagos hosts this long-running, crowd-pleasing cabaret night, featuring a rotating cast of amazing artists, including resident dance troupe Jenny Rocha and Her Painted Ladies—expect burlesque, magic, trapeze and much more. After the show, a dance party keeps the fun coming till 1am. Check the venue's website for each week's cast.

  1. Galapagos Art Space 16 Main St, at Water St
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Sat Dec 27
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The Slipper Room Show

  • Price band: 2/4
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Burlesque and variety headquarters the Slipper Room provides plenty of entertainment on the weekends, attracting the cream of the city's scene for plenty of bump-and-grind fun. Shows are at 10pm and midnight; check the club's website for the (generally awesome) lineup.

  1. Slipper Room 167 Orchard St, at Stanton St
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sat Dec 27
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Victrola Burlesque

Crank up that old Victrola (or something) for a night of onstage enticements—burlesque, go-go, music and more—curated by "the tart with Teutonic Tetons," Üla Überbusen, and her burly-Q pals.

Glitter Gutter

  • Price band: 1/4
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This evening of old-school downtown entertainment (burlesque, comedy, sideshow performances and more) is fast and loose—and sometimes messy. Each week brings a unique show.

  1. Slipper Room 167 Orchard St, at Stanton St
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Wed Dec 24
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Le Scandal Cabaret

  • Price band: 2/4
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Bonnie Dunn, the MC-chanteuse behind this burlesque-circuit stalwart, presides over a lively mix of stand-up, magic, acrobatics and high-concept strip. The city’s longest-running girlie revue, Le Scandal is still looking young, hot and ready to party.

  1. Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café 407 W 42nd St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves, downstairs, 10036
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Sat Dec 27
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Nurse Bettie Burlesque

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  • Free

Shelly "The Singing Siren" Watson hosts this night of burly-Q action at the intimate Nurse Bettie, which features both nightlife newbies and stars of the Gotham scene.

  1. Nurse Bettie 106 Norfolk St, between Delancey and Rivington Sts, 10002
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Wed Dec 24
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