January 26, 2010

The Second Coming of Burlesque

by Judy Cole

Back in the antediluvian days before the modern archetype of strippers we’ve come to know and yawn at—naked chicks sporting eight-inch Lucite stiletto pumps and bored expressions, humping firehouse poles for the likes of Tony Soprano e famiglia at Bada Bing—those who shed their clothes onstage for a living were part of a glorious, albeit infamous, tradition known as Burlesque.