Your Guide to the must see Burlesque Shows & Burly Events happening in and around Kansas City!

“Because everyone’s got some sexy in them, it’s our job to tell them it’s okay to use it! “


Producers Madame MacKay and Scott Smith have wrapped up production on the 7th Annual Kansas City Burlesque Festival and are already diligently working on the 2018 KCBF which will return probably the first week of May, 2018. The Performer submission period will open in October and close February 3rd, 2018. A very special thanks goes out to Kansas City Burlesque Festival Sponsors Rimann Liquors and Minsky’s Pizza, who graciously returned to sponsor in 2017! If you missed one of these fantastic shows, all performance videos are available on our YouTube channel.

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As part of their Ten Year Anniversary Celebrations, Burlesque Downtown Underground stormed the city taking an undisclosed stage at a secret time and location with their first ever Prohibition Era Speakeasy Pop-Up show! Featuring a surprise guest performer, Las Vegas Burlesque Hall of Fame’s King of Burlesque & Master Vaudevillian Russell Bruner! This Speakeasy Style performance SOLD OUT FAST. As always please order your tickets early as seating is sometimes limited.

Select performance videos will soon be available on our YouTube channel.

Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe

This revealing documentary probes the onstage personas of Portland, Oregon, burlesque performers who practice wildly different art forms.

If you enjoyed seeing Russell Bruner live in Kansas City at the BDU Speakeasy Pop-Up show, you’ll like seeing even more of him in Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe.

Available NOW on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes!

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.

Available After June 1st

June 23rd BDU Prohibition Era Speakeasy Pop-Up

June 10th Burlesque Festival Wrap-Up

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

August 18th

7:00pm GA Tickets Available

9:00PM sold out Burlesque Downtown Underground

heroes & villians show!

Kansas City’s favorite burlesque company BDU takes the stage at the Rivermarket’s Opera House.  TICKETS

Opera House

500 Walnut

Kansas City, MO 64106

September 15th 7pm & 9:30pm


When burlesque and drag collide...

Kansas City's own Burlesque Downtown Underground is bringing to you this heads/tails drag-themed show! Is it burlesque? Is it drag? Is it both? IT doesn't matter who, or what, it's going down...For real! BDU is in the River Market, in a historic burlesque house, with an all-star line-up of BDU's Luscious Ladies: all professional actresses, dancers, and singers; Kansas City's finest burlesque company! Get your tickets now, these shows will sell out!


Friday, September 15th with shows at 7pm and 9:30pm

Opera House KC - 500 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64106

House will open for the shows 30 minutes prior to show time. Absolutely NO REFUNDS will be issued.