New York's Largest Burlesque Festival to Dazzle With International and Award-Winning Performers

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The 2012 World Queen of Burlesque, Canada’s “Vancouver Burlesque Queen,” and an “America’s Got Talent” finalist are among 120 Leading Burlesque and Variety Performers about to take the stage at the 12th annual New York Burlesque Festival. Four-Day Festival Passes, including admission the “Oscars of Burlesque,” the “Golden Pastie Awards,” are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

Angie Pontani, a 2008 "Queen of Burlesque" will perform at the New York Burlesque Festival, Sept. 25-28. Pontani will also dance in a PBS "Great Performances" special at Lincoln Center, Oct. 24.

“It’s four nights of tassels and tail feathers, glitter and glamour in Gotham,” said Jen Gapay of Thirsty Girl Productions, co-founder of the New York Burlesque Festival.

The 12th annual New York Burlesque Festival, featuring Australia's Imogen Kelly, World Queen of Burlesque 2012, dozens of international and award-winning performers, burlesque classes, a Burlesque Bazaar, and “The Golden Pastie Awards,” a show regarded as the Oscars of Burlesque, returns to New York Sept. 25-28. The four-day festival, offering 120 burlesque and variety performances in four venues, has sold-out every year since its premiere in 2003. Four-day VIP passes, ensuring a seat at every event, invitations to after-parties, a New York Burlesque Festival commemorative poster and more are available for $120 via Brown Paper Tickets at or by calling Brown Paper Tickets' 24/7 event concierges at 1-800-838-3006.

“It’s four nights of tassels and tail feathers, glitter and glamour in Gotham,” said Jen Gapay of Thirsty Girl Productions, co-founder of the New York Burlesque Festival. ”The world’s best burlesque performers at four of New York City’s hottest nightclubs is the hottest ticket in town.”

The festival's other co-founder Angie Pontani will also be performing in Saturday's show. Pontani was the World “Queen of Burlesque,” winning the Miss Exotic World 2008 competition, and she will be featured as part of a forthcoming PBS “Great Performances” series dancing live with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett at Lincoln Center. This is scheduled to air on PBS on Oct. 24, 2014.

Australia's Imogen Kelly, the World Queen of Burlesque 2012, Burgundy Brixx, named Vancouver, Canada’s “Reigning Burlesque Queen” by Vancouver Magazine, and Michelle L'amour, semi-finalist for “America's Got Talent,” and ranked in the Top 5 of Burlesque by 21st Century Burlesque magazine, are just a few of the other stand-out talents at this year’s festival.

A nightly Burlesque Bazaar at each venue will include custom corsets, pasties, hair ornaments, vintage dresses, makeup, lingerie, and pin-up makeovers. An afternoon Burlesque Bazaar on Sunday will feature surprise performances, go-go dancers, DJs, shuffle board and a live pin-up shoot with celebrated burlesque photographer, Don Spiro.

For a complete list of performers and event details, visit


About Brown Paper Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets ( provides world-class online event registration and ticketing with the lowest fee, the highest level of service, and the largest commitment to burlesque and to social responsibility in the ticketing industry. The Not-Just-For-Profit ticketing company donates 5 percent of the profits from every ticket sold to charity, pays employees to work 40 hours each year for the cause of their choice, and employs a burlesque production specialist to give free assistance, and to help the art form to grow and thrive.

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