Bustout Burlesque brings back authentic 1950s-style burlesque by presenting beautiful and talented striptease dancers accompanied by a live traditional jazz band. With a comic emcee, singer, and variety acts, the show truly brings you back to the glory days of Bourbon Street.
Bustout Burlesque routinely features the world’s top stars of burlesque, such as Ginger Valentine (Queen of Burlesque 2011), Angi B. Lovely (Queen of Burlesque 2012), Ruby Joule (“Best Debut” and “Most Classic” Burlesque Hall of Fame 2012), Lola Van Ella (Queen of St. Louis Burlesque), Coco Lectric (Queen of Burlesque 2010), Lydia DeCarllo, and Missy Lisa. Past performers include LouLou D’vil of Finland, Michelle L’amour (America’s Got Talent Semi-Finalist, Miss Exotic World 2005), Catherine D’lish (Showgirl of the Year, Miss Nude USA, Miss Exotic World), Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey, and other celebrities such as Jessica “Sugar” Kiper (CBS-TV’s Survivor: Gabon) and Ashley Brown (MTV’s MADE).
Bustout Burlesque premiered on March 13, 2005 at One Eyed Jacks in the French Quarter. Since then, Bustout Burlesque had weekly runs at Tipitina’s French Quarter and the Royal Sonesta Hotel. At the Sonesta, Bustout Burlesque brought burlesque back to Bourbon Street for the first time in decades! In March 2007, Bustout Burlesque moved to the main stage at House of Blues, where the show continues to perform monthly.
In July 2010, Cointreau presented two sold-out shows of “Dita Von Teese and Special Guests in association with Bustout Burlesque” at the House of Blues. In 2012, Travel Channel listed Bustout Burlesque as one of the “Top 10 Burlesque Shows” worldwide. Since then, Bustout Burlesque performs annually in Las Vegas at The Orleans Hotel & Casino as part of the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend. The show has appeared on the MTV series MADE and HBO’s Treme. Bustout Burlesque was also featured in the documentary feature Tchoupitoulas.
Bustout Burlesque is the home of the new Evangeline the Oyster Girl, portrayed by Ginger Valentine. The act was officially passed on to her by the original Oyster Girl, Kitty West. Miss West performed the act on Bourbon Street in the 1940s and ’50s, and made the pages of LIFE Magazine. This recreation is not to be missed!
Bustout Burlesque continues to be at the forefront of the local and national scene, bringing you the most beautiful and talented stripteasers from coast to coast, dancing to the sounds of a hot New Orleans jazz band!
RICK DELAUP (Creator/Producer), a New Orleans native, is the creator and producer of Bustout Burlesque, as well as STRUT (America’s Most Original Male Striptease Revue), and The Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival. He also produces the annual Burlesque Showcase and Miss Viva Las Vegas competition at the annual Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend, held at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Delaup has been researching the history of New Orleans burlesque for 15 years. He has spoken on the subject at festivals and events, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Tennessee Williams Festival, Tease-O-Rama, Tales of the Cocktail, the Burlesque Hall of Fame, and The Tour Guides Association of Greater New Orleans.In 2001, Delaup worked behind the scenes on the A&E documentary It’s Burlesque! He has been a judge at both the Burlesque Hall of Fame’s Miss Exotic World competition, (2006) and The Kansas City Burlesque Festival (2011, 2012).
MATT BELL(Musical Director) Following an ever-growing thirst for music, deep rooted and real, Matt Bell has found his place in New Orleans. A musician for 18 years, he harbors a fondness for collaborating with artists of different disciplines. Bell has participated musically in groups ranging from tribal belly dance to circus, to theater and cabaret. It is no surprise to find Matt now filling the musical chair of bandleader, guitarist, and arranger of the Bustout Burlesque jazz band.
DOLLIE RIVAS (Choreographer) Dollie Rivas, a native of Crowley, Louisiana, choreographs select striptease acts for the Bustout Burlesque dancers. She has worked with the show since its inception in 2004. Formerly, she was a Las Vegas showgirl who opened the long-running Jubilee! at the MGM Grand. Rivas also performed in Wayland Flowers’s Madam Goes To Harlem at the Sahara Hotel, which featured the famous Nicholas Brothers. She was also a JET Magazine centerfold. Outside of Bustout Burlesque, Rivas works as a dance educator and movement instructor.
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