BRINGING BURLESQUE BACK
THE AUTHENTIC NEW ORLEANS STRIPTEASE
IT STARTED WITH
A passion for the history, for the passion.
for the glory days of Bourbon Street.
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 some of the world’s top stars of burlesque, including Queen of Burlesque title-holders from the prestigious New Orleans Burlesque Festival, reality TV stars, and many more.
The show 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 has appeared on the MTV series MADE and HBO’s Treme. Bustout Burlesque was also featured in the documentary feature Tchoupitoulas.
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 is the owner of New Orleans Burlesque, LLC. He is the creator and executive producer of the long-running, hit-show Bustout Burlesque, and the annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival.
Delaup is one of the pioneers of the new burlesque revival. He has been involved in bringing burlesque back to the cultural landscape of New Orleans since the mid-1990s, and has not stopped since. The Times-Picayune/Nola.com calls him “the godfather of New Orleans’ modern burlesque scene.”
In 1994, Delaup began a video documentary project on the history of New Orleans Burlesque. He sought out and recorded interviews with former dancers, musicians, and comics, such as Evangeline the Oyster Girl, Alouette LeBlanc the Tassel Twirler, Tee Tee Red, Shecky Greene, and Sam Butera. He owns an extensive collection of burlesque memorabilia, and is credited for rescuing from obscurity many former New Orleans burlesque stars such as Kitty West (aka Evangeline the Oyster Girl), Linda Brigette (the Cupid Doll), Tajmah (Jewel of the Orient), and Wild Cherry, all for whom he arranged speaking engagements, autograph signings, and television appearances.
In 1996, Delaup was a contributing feature writer for TRIBE Magazine. He wrote the January cover story, “The Oyster Girls,” which discusses the creation of the original Evangeline the Oyster Girl, a 50’s burlesque star, and the recreation of her act with a new dancer. The story focuses on the way women represent themselves in burlesque having changed from the 50’s to present time.
In 1999, Delaup documented one of the first burlesque revival shows in the country, and the first in New Orleans, The Shimshamettes. That same year,he was interviewed about the former burlesque stars of Bourbon Street on “The Real 7,” a local television show hosted by the cast of MTV’s The Real World New Orleans.
Delaup was able to combine his passion for burlesque with his skills as a professional cameraman, shooting footage for the 2-hour A&E documentary, It’s Burlesque (2001), narrated by Harry Shearer. He subsequently also worked on burlesque segments for Canada’s SexTV (2001), and the Oxygen Network’s Freeride With Greta Gaines (2002).
The world’s first annual burlesque showcase and conference, Tease-o-rama, was formed in 2001. Delaup presented a panel discussion with the legends of burlesque, and also a workshop with the original Evangeline the Oyster Girl. It was at this event, that he first befriended Dita Von Teese.
In 2003, his career began a transition into live theater. He was asked to be the creative director of The Shim Sham Revueat the Shim Sham Club in the French Quarter. He held this position for five months, until the club closed down.
In 2005, he founded and produced his own flagship show, Bustout Burlesque, as an authentic classic burlesque and variety show, reminiscent of Bourbon Street in the 50’s. The entire show was backed by a live traditional jazz band. Bustout Burlesque ran monthly at One Eyed Jacks, formerly the Shim Sham Club.
Later that year, Delaup lost his home to 9 feet of water in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when the levees broke. In his house were all the costumes and props for the show. With the majority of the city evacuated, he returned to New Orleans to rebuild Bustout Burlesque. And six months later, he debuted a new version of the show with a new cast and band that performed weekly at Tipitina’s French Quarter. At the time, it was one of the only theatrical offerings in the city.
In 2007, Bustout Burlesque began a monthly residency on the main stage of House of Blues in the French Quarter that continues to this day.
In the summer of 2008, Bustout Burlesque partnered with international lingerie brand Secrets In Lace to present Bustout Burlesque at the Royal Sonesta hotel on a weekly basis. It was heralded as the return of burlesque back to Bourbon Street for the first time in decades!
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. And Bustout Burlesque has worked with other celebrity performers, featuring dancers from hit TV shows such as Sugar Kiper from Survivor and Danielle Colby from American Pickers.
Bustout Burlesque is the home of the new Evangeline the Oyster Girl. The act was passed on to Ginger Valentine by the original Oyster Girl, Kitty West. Miss West performed this act on Bourbon Street in the ‘40s and ’50s, and was featured in the pages of LIFE Magazine. Ginger performed as the Oyster Girl from 2012 to 2015.
Travel Channel listed Bustout Burlesque as one of the “Top 10 Burlesque Shows” worldwide. USA Today’s 10Best listed it as the “Best Burlesque Show in New Orleans.” Bustout Burlesque performs monthly on the main stage at House of Blues New Orleans.
Bustout Burlesque has been featured on MTV’s MADE, HBO’s Treme, and documentaries such as Bill and Turner Ross’s Tchoupitoulas.
In 2009, Delaup founded the annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival, which is known for its prestigious Queen of Burlesque competition.
In 2010, he premiered STRUT, a male burlesque revue, featuring America’s top male burlesque performers. And in 2014, he debuted the edgier and more experimental Bad Girls of Burlesqueat House of Blues New Orleans.
In 2012 and 2013, Delaup produced the Burlesque Showcase at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas as part of Viva Las Vegas, the world’s largest rockabilly festival. He has spoken on the subject of burlesque 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. He has been a judge at both the Burlesque Hall of Fame’s Miss Exotic World competition and The Kansas City Burlesque Festival.
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.