Brooklyn Ed’s New York Burlesque Calendar
A brief listing of regular burlesque shows and somewhat related cabaret, circus, variety and vaudeville events in the New York area of which I am aware (locations in Manhattan unless otherwise noted). Click on a day of the week to bring up a listing of upcoming events for that day.
REMEMBER: This list is far from complete and is subject to change as schedules and venues may suddenly change. Check any links beforehand for last minute schedule changes and ticket/cover charges. (Note that many of these events are also listed on FaceBook.) I try to update this listing at the start of the week so let me know via e-mail of other shows or updates at least a week in advance.
Miss Bonnie Dunn, RIP
On January 15, 2019, Bonnie Dunn passed after a long illness. Bonnie will be sorely missed. She was a friend and mentor to many in the burlesque community. A performer, chanteuse, and host, Bonnie was the producer of Le Scandal Cabaret, the longest running cabaret and variety show in NYC (18 years). She was a true pioneer in the burlesque revival, performing at the Blue Angel and other shows in the 90’s (Trav S. D. recalls those early days on his blog).
Le Scandal Cabaret will continue – Bonnie left very specific plans in place. The show will be dark for a few weeks but will be back to its weekly Saturday night slot on Feb. 16.
Save the Date - Miss Bonnie Dunn’s Tribute will be be held on Sunday, March 24th at City Winery (155 Varick St) from 11 AM to 3 PM. More information to come.
There are a large number of annual burlesque related events in New York worth noting: Burlesque at the Beach; the Coney Island Mermaid Parade (June); Coney Island Rockabilly Festival; and, of course, the New York Burlesque Festival. Aside from the big national events such as the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas and Tease-O-Rama, there are a growing number of regional multiday festivals in the US and Canada. For a partial listing, click here for Brooklyn Ed’s Burlesque Festival Calendar (updated with some 2019 info). You can also check out the Burlesque Festivals Information spreadsheet created by RiRI SynCyr and now maintained by the BurlyCon crew.
Interested in learning the art of Burlesque in New York? Professor Jo "Boobs" Weldon operates the New York School of Burlesque - check the website for details of the various classes offered. Or drop by your favorite bookstore and pick up a copy of The Burlesque Handbook by Jo Weldon. In addition, Brown Girls Burlesque also offers workshops.
Need more info?
Want more? Don’t forget to check out websites of performers and troupes for their current schedules. On FaceBook? – check out the new page created by JZ Bich – NYC Burlesque Shows and related arts – for the latest show notices by NYC area performers. I’ve recently learned of The Third Tassel as well. Traveling out of NYC? Check out BurlesqueBeat for info on shows in various cities. There are also some city-specific listings such as Maxwell Wood’s blog which covers San Francisco area shows.
Created January 2005; Updated 15 February 2019