Definition: give an imitation that ridicules; imitate mockingly
Definition: give an imitation that ridicules; imitate mockingly
Sentences Containing 'burlesque'
What, if instead of a mere string of farcical misadventures, he were to make his tale a burlesque of one of these books, caricaturing their style, incidents, and spirit?
This is what Cervantes deals with in Don Quixote's passion for Dulcinea, and in no instance has he carried out the burlesque more happily.
By 1932, the venue had turned into a vaudeville/burlesque house called "The Gayety," hosting "hoofers, comics and strippers."
Taylor appeared for three years in the burlesque-themed musical comedy "Sugar Babies", and was featured on the soundtrack album.
Pustra/Vile-een's Vaudeville arrived on the Alternative Cabaret and Neo-Burlesque scene in London, England in 2006.
"Show Me How You Burlesque" is a song recorded by American singer Christina Aguilera for to her film debut, "Burlesque" (2010).
Upon its release, "Show Me How You Burlesque" received mainly positive reviews from music critics, who praised it as one of the best tracks from "Burlesque".
Aguilera performed "Show Me How You Burlesque" on the eleventh season of U.S. television dancing competition "Dancing with the Stars".
"Show Me How You Burlesque" was written by Aguilera, Christopher Stewart and Claude Kelly, and was produced by Tricky Stewart.
Set on the "freely" tempo of 70 beats per minute, "Show Me How You Burlesque" was composed in the key of D major.
"Show Me How You Burlesque" garnered mainly positive reviews from music critics.
Alissa LeClair from "Movie Buzzers" was also positive toward the track, stated that "Show Me How You Burlesque", among with "But I Am a Good Girl", "Express", and "Guy What Takes His Time"; are materials that complement Aguilera’s talent, as well as shows how well the singer prepared to be a good dancer for the film project. Upon the release of "Burlesque", "Show Me How You Burlesque" charted in several countries.
In Germany, "Show Me How You Burlesque" peaked at number 89 on the Media Control Charts.
On January 30, 2011, "Show Me How You Burlesque" entered the Australian Singles Chart at number 29.
In New Zealand, "Show Me How You Burlesque" was a commercial success.
To promote "Burlesque", Aguilera has performed several songs from the soundtrack live, including "Show Me How You Burlesque".
Story Gilmore of "Neon Limelight" commented about the performance, "The star brought the burlesque lounge to life in a spicy performance".
At 16 she worked in burlesque shows in Kansas City, Missouri.
The show mixed comic opera material with burlesque and was set in Siam.
The show was termed an "operatic burletta" because of the burlesque convention of having Fox wearing tights.
The character was originally a burlesque dancer, but the role was rewritten and recast with Joyce Randolph playing the character as an ordinary housewife.
She performed in vaudeville and burlesque, and, at one point, toured with comedian Phil Silvers.
The business was described as "more burlesque than Main Street."
Victoria's Secret transformed from "more burlesque than Main Street" to a mainstay that sold broadly accepted underwear.
There was much less burlesque of the types.
In the early 1890s, as burlesque went out of fashion, Edwardes changed the focus of the theatre from musical burlesque to the new genre of Edwardian musical comedy.
American burlesque is a genre of variety show.
Derived from elements of Victorian burlesque, music hall and minstrel shows, burlesque shows in America became popular in the 1860s and evolved to feature ribald comedy (lewd jokes) and female striptease.
The striptease element of burlesque became subject to extensive local legislation, leading to a theatrical form that titillated without falling foul of censors.
Burlesque gradually lost popularity beginning in the 1940s.
A number of producers sought to capitalize on nostalgia for the entertainment by attempting to recreate the spirit of burlesque in Hollywood films from the 1930s to the 1960s.
There has been a resurgence of interest in this format since the 1990s, and it inspired a 2010 musical film, "Burlesque", starring Christina Aguilera and Cher.
Burlesque depended on the reader's (or listener's) knowledge of the subject to make its intended effect, and a high degree of literacy was taken for granted.
Victorian burlesque, sometimes known as "travesty" or "extravaganza", was popular in London theatres between the 1830s and the 1890s.
A typical example from a burlesque of "Macbeth": Macbeth and Banquo enter under an umbrella, and the witches greet them with "Hail!
A staple of theatrical burlesque was the display of attractive women in travesty roles, dressed in tights to show off their legs, but the plays themselves were seldom more than modestly risqué.
There were three main influences on American burlesque in its early years: Victorian burlesque, "leg shows" and minstrel shows.
The popular burlesque show of this period eventually evolved into the striptease which became the dominant ingredient of burlesque by the 1930s.
The transition from traditional burlesque to striptease is depicted in the film "The Night They Raided Minsky's" (1968).
By the late 1930s, a social crackdown on burlesque shows began their gradual downfall.
Burlesque lingered on elsewhere in the U.S., increasingly neglected, and by the 1970s, with nudity commonplace in theatres, American burlesque reached "its final shabby demise".
During its declining years and afterwards, films sought to capture the spirit of American burlesque.
For example, in "I'm No Angel" (1933), Mae West performed a burlesque act. The 1943 film "Lady of Burlesque", although a murder-mystery, spends much of its running time depicting the back-stage life of burlesque performers.
The highlight is the famous burlesque routine "Crazy House", popularized earlier by Abbott and Costello.
"Naughty New Orleans" (1954) is an example of burlesque entertainment on film, equally showcasing girls and gags, although it shifts the venue from a burlesque-house stage to a popular nightclub.
As early as 1954 burlesque was already considered a bygone form of entertainment; burlesque veteran Phil Silvers laments the passing of burlesque in the musical "Top Banana".
"The Night They Raided Minsky's" (1968) celebrates classic American burlesque.
Today Neo-Burlesque has taken many forms, but all have the common trait of honoring one or more of burlesque's previous incarnations, with acts including striptease, expensive costumes, bawdy humor, cabaret and comedy/variety acts.
There are modern burlesque performers and shows all over the world, and annual conventions such as the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival, the New York Burlesque Festival created by burlesque star Angie Pontani and Jen Gapay, and the Miss Exotic World Pageant are held.
A 2010 musical film "Burlesque", starring Christina Aguilera and Cher, attempted to capitalize on the current revival of burlesque.
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