13th Annual NY Burlesque Festival to Run 9/24-27

The 13th Annual New York Burlesque Festival will feature four days of award-winning burlesque performance with an international cast that includes living burleque legend Judith Stein, the 2008 Queen of Burlesque Angie Pontani, the 2006 Miss Exotic World Julie Atlas Muz and winner of the 2012 Burlesque Hall of Fame's "Best Boylesque" performance Russell Bruner. Weekend Passes available via Brown Paper Tickets.

August 28, 2015 (New York, NY) - Presented by Thirsty Girl & Pontani Productions, The New York Burlesque Festival, the world's largest and most acclaimed burlesque festival returns for four days of award-winning burlesque performance on September 24-27, 2015. The festival has attracted sold-out crowds since it's premiere in 2003 and this year looks to be no different with over 120 eye-popping performances from an international cast of leading burlesque and variety entertainers at five of NYC's hottest nightclubs: Brooklyn's Bell House and Brooklyn Bowl, BB Kings on West 42nd, The Tippler in Chelsea Market and The Highline Ballroom. Bringing together over 2,800 enthusiastic audience members who, in addition to enjoying tassels and tail feathers will be entertained by live music, international DJ's, variety and circus performers, burlesque, boylesque, and a shopping boutique where you can try on custom corsets, peruse pasties, hair ornaments, vintage dresses, lingerie and even partake in a pin-up make-over. 4 Day VIP Passes are available via Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1635389 or via Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 event concierges at 1-800-838-3006. Tickets for individual nights can be found at the New York Burlesque Festival website: http://www.thenewyorkburlesquefestival.com

Thursday night's "Teaser Party!" at the Bell House in Brooklyn will tempt audiences appetite's for what's in store for the weekend. Hosted by Shelly the Singing Siren Watson & Bastard Keith this night will feature performances by over a dozen national and international performers including 2012's Mr. Exotic World winner Russell Bruner (WA), Eva La Feva (Chicago), Gala Delicious (Detroit), Jonny Porkpie (NYC), foot stomping DJ Momotaro and much more. After the show, attendees can visit the elaborate burlesque bazaar, and then dance alongside the stars of the show, exclusive members of the media and sponsors of the event.

Friday's Premier Party at Williamsburg's hippest retreat, Brooklyn Bowl will feature Albert Cadabre as host. This infamous party features over twenty burlesque performers including the 2014 Burlesque Hall of Fame "Best Boylesque" winner Mr. Gorgeous (NYC), the 2014 Burlesque Hall of Fame winners of "Best Troupe" The Ruby Revue (Dallas), LuLu Liqueur (Australia), Rita Lynch (Italy) Sergei (Japan) and many more. Expect high energy and cutting edge burlesque at this legendary with an infamously rowdy audience. Last year's audience even included an enthusiastic Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame. DJ Fresh Prince of Darkness will turn the evening into a late night dance party flanked by some of NYC's hottest go-go dancers.

The Saturday Spectacular at BB Kings on 42nd Street will turn up the class and audiences are encouraged to don their best top hat n' tails. This star-studded night will be hosted by The World Famous BOB and showcases only the finest burlesque performers from around the globe, including living burlesque legend Judith Stein (Canada), Miss Exotic World 2014 and Queen of Burlesque Midnite Martini (CO), 2004 Miss Exotic World Dirty Martini (NYC), 2008's Queen of Burlesque Angie Pontani (NYC), Kitty Bang Bang (UK), 2012's winner of "Best Troupe" at the Burlesque Hall of Fame The Peek-A-Boo Revue (Philadelphia) and more! Plus audiences will enjoy live music from special guests, the Grammy Award-winning Brian Newman Quintet! After the show audience members are encouraged to head next door to Lucille's Bar, where they'll be treated to an all-night dance party with DJ Bill Coleman.

Sunday will feature a daytime event in Chelsea: The Burlesque Bazaar and Showcase at The Tippler. This special matinee will feature a show hosted by Dr. Lucky with performances from some of NYC's favorite up-and-coming performers. Attendees can also enjoy The Burlesque Bazaar, a burlesque marketplace filled with amazing vendors of vintage clothing, accessories and pasties! There will also be a Q&A with burlesque legend Judith Stein, music from DJ Joe, a live pin-up photo shoot from 2pm - 6pm and more.

The festival goes out with one last pomp and circumstance on Sunday evening at Manhattan's Highline Ballroom with The Golden Pastie Awards and Super Club Stage Show! Join notorious host Scotty the Blue Bunny & all the performers at this Oscar-styled escapade, full of mischievous antics, live performances and an awards ceremony that both honors and pokes fun at the world's finest burlesque performers with a "double-D sized" Golden Pastie for winners. Categories include "Positively Perfect Posterior" and "Most Likely to Win RuPaul's Drag Race." Audiences can expect stellar performances and an evening of unparalleled hi-jinx. An exclusive red carpet walk will kick off the night!

4 Day VIP Pass includes VIP seating to The Saturday Spectacular at BB Kings & The Golden Pastie Awards at the Highline Ballroom, plus General Admission entry to The Teaser Party at The Bell House & The Premiere Party at Brooklyn Bowl. As a VIP pass holder, attendees will also receive a free New York Burlesque Festival poster and 10% off merchandise at the New York Burlesque Festival Bazaar at The Tipper on Sunday. VIP 4 day Pass are $120 & available at www.thenewyorkburlesquefestival.com or via Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1635389.

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