The American Burlesque Troupe
The American Burlesque Troupe has been entertaining audiences since 1931. Of the five Black Tie Burlesque Companies (Ziegfeld Follies, Gaiety Follies, Folies Ber'gere (US), Moulin Rouge (US), and The American Burlesque Troupe), we are the last of the Black Tie Burlesque Troupes.
When on Tour, our large unit is designed for more grand expositions, more akin to a Ziegfeld Follies, Moulin Rouge, or Folies BerGere show. While our small shows, while still themed, are far more adaptable to little dinner theaters (100 to 300 seat) and related nightclub venues.
The normal attendance demographics for our shows have been well dressed couples, over 21, with an audience breakdown made up of usually 60% women in attendance, age range 25 through 40, although this demographic has a close secondary audience age range of 50 to 90. There is a repeat fan based of about 30 percent. The shows usually run between one hour and a half to two hours and fifteen minutes for our small unit and up to three hours in length for our large unit.
Our shows consists of any number of acts, including Comics, Singers, Magicians, Aerial Acts, Dances, Musicians, Jugglers, Bizarre and novelty acts, "The Bad Act" (Every Black Tie Burlesque Troupe had one "Bad Act", an example of a "Bad Act" would be Tiny Tim from the 1960s Laugh-in Television Series), bits, and strip teasers.
The American Burlesque Troupe's large unit provides an entire stage show with several acts, for additional fees and with proper advanced warning, a stage and technical crew can be assembled. As interaction with the audience for any burlesque troupe is essential to create the best atmosphere for the show, this unit works best in large lounges or large, comfortable dinner theaters, although it can play the big theaters very well. The small unit plays better to smaller venues, but, although it carries less acts, the acts are still top notch performers in burlesque. We theme our shows, usually from the 1930s through 1965, but we also, perform specific themes that are set outside our performance norms, such as one of our ore popular shows, our "Roaring Twenties Show." A large portion of our shows consists of live singers, comics, and musicians, as well as our strip teasers. Speaking of our strip teasers, our shows are classy and classic burlesque, that include very talented classic strip teasers, with great acts, however we do not perform Gentleman's Club Strip Shows. We are burlesque performers and proud of that fact. It reflects in who we are and provides you with the best show in the business. Whether on tour or providing performances for individual events, we truly enjoy providing the audience with the best performances in Black Tie Burlesque.