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July 7th & 8th Burlesque Downtown Underground, Kansas City’s favorite and longest running Burlesque company, is turning 10!!!

Burlesque Downtown Underground is a professional modern burlesque company reveling in their 10th year of entertainment. BDU has been proud to host the Kansas City Burlesque Festival and performs monthly shows around Kansas City. BDU is dedicated to the advancement of the worldwide burlesque revival by creating fun, classy, artful, high performance tickle and tease, aimed to entertain Kansas City audiences and beyond, and is comprised of professional actors, dancers, aerialists, contortionists, magicians, fire performers, and singers.

Established in July, 2007, BDU is celebrating ten years of entertaining Kansas City audiences. BDU is the longest running burlesque company in Kansas City, and these four shows (all different, with a mix and of performers and emcees (vintage and current!) are marking this Birthday event with what they do best: combining performance art with the art of tease!

Audiences at the 10 year celebration will see various styles of Burlesque including classic, neo, nerdlesque, and perhaps a few surprises they’ll hold back to keep us in suspense. BDU wishes to thank Kansas City audiences for making Burlesque Downtown Underground Kansas City’s favorite place to see Burlesque and hopes you’ll come celebrate with them next weekend.

July 9th Kansas City Burlesque performer Lily Darlin’ of Burlesque Downtown Underground is interviewed by David Eulitt of the Kansas City Star.

Burlesque Downtown Underground performed original new numbers inspired by challenged books and censorship at the Kansas City Public Library’s ContraBanned 2017 event Sept. 30th.

ContraBanned 2017: An uncensored celebration of the Library and your right to read supports the Library's Outreach and Education programs, as proceeds from ContraBanned will be donated by the Friends to KCPL. Support your Public Library today.

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Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of our patrons and performers who work in the theatre industry every day, including but not limited to burlesque artists, actors, dancers, vocalists, musicians, stagehands, ushers, and many other dedicated professionals. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have made the decision to reschedule this event to 4/30-5/1, 2021. Tickets already purchased will be refunded. Due to current state and city restrictions in place to help control the spread of COVID-19, all of our in-person appearances have been cancelled until further notice. Keep up to date with us and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

We miss our friends and all of our supporters so much! Looking forward to gracing the stages of Kansas City again SOON once this pandemic gets under control and it’s safe to venture out and support live entertainment once again. The 10th Annual Kansas City Burlesque Festival will take the stage 4/30 & 5/1, 2021, with our regular monthly shows of the Best Burlesque in Kansas City returning soon. In the meantime, we have graciously been nominated and would love to have you show your support for Burlesque Downtown Underground and the Kansas City Burlesque Festival by casting your VOTE for Burlesque Downtown Underground as “BEST OF” for Arts & Entertainment, Burlesque 2020 with ThePitch magazine, Kansas City's independent source for news and culture. Stay Safe and we look forward to seeing you and bringing back live entertainment as soon as possible.