Due to the success of our 1st presentation of Rue Morgue Burlesque, we are working on future shows. Keep your eyes here for future updates on upcoming Mournful Manor Sponsored Burlesque shows!
We at Mournful Manor Haunted House would like to sincerely thank all who attended our presentation of Rue Morgue: A Horror-themed Burlesque Show. We hope you all had a wonderful time. And we offer a huge thank you to all of our wonderful performers: Jiji De Luge, Mona Del Rio, Stacy D. Luxe, Pearl Derriere, Eldryn Phoenix, Olivia Longtime, and Chaz Boudoir. Finally, we'd like to thank DJ Rob and Sanctuary Radio for helping us co-sponsor this event and 3 Kings Tavern for allowing us to trash your stage with a little blood and gore. Thank you, everyone!
We've been asked many times by people, "So what is a "Burlesque Show"? Perhaps this brief description will help:
American burlesque is a genre of 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.
The entertainment was presented often in cabarets and clubs, as well as music halls and theatres. Performers, usually female, often created elaborate tableaux with lush, colorful costumes, mood-appropriate music, and dramatic lighting; novelty acts, such as fire breathing or contortionists, might be added to enhance the impact of their performance. The genre traditionally encompassed a variety of acts: in addition to the striptease artistes, there was some combination of chanson singers, comedians, mime artists, and dancing girls, all delivered in a satiric style with a saucy edge. The striptease element of burlesque became subject to extensive local legislation, leading to a theatrical form that titillated without falling foul of censors.