The cast and crew of the critically acclaimed Star Wars burlesque parody show The Empire Strips Back are gearing up for the start of their North American tour with the release of a brand new tour trailer starring many of the beloved characters featured in the live show. The clip features a cover of David Bowie’s “Starman” performed by Australian artist Mojo Juju.
Fresh from a sold-out six-city tour of California, The Empire Strips Back – A Burlesque Parody is returning for a six-week tour from March 30-May 4. Cities include San Diego (3/30), Riverside (3/31), Phoenix (4/2), Los Angeles (4/3), San Francisco (4/5), Kansas City (4/11), Indianapolis (4/14), Louisville (4/17), Cleveland (4/18), Detroit (4/19), Toronto (4/24-25), Montreal (4/26), Boston (4/27), Bethlehem (5/1), Philadelphia (5/2), Atlantic City (5/3) and New York City (5/4). New dates were recently added in Reno, NV (4/4) and Bakersfield, CA (4/6), with more to be announced. Tickets and VIP packages are on sale now for all shows. For more information, visit empirestripsback.com.
Featuring all of the classic Star Wars™ characters, The Empire Strips Back – A Burlesque Parody takes audiences to a galaxy far, far away, creating one of the most unforgettable (and unauthorized) theatrical versions of the beloved franchise. Combining striptease, song and dance, troupe routines and plenty of humor, audiences are transported into the world of burlesque to witness a menacing troop of seriously sexy Stormtroopers, a dangerously seductive Boba Fett, tantalizing Twi’leks, a delightfully lukewarm Taun Taun, a lady-like Skywalker, and of course, scantily clad and daring Droids. Even Darth Vader will explore her feminine side with a fantastical twist.
First imagined in 2011 by creator Russall S. Beattie, the original production was booked in a small, 150 seat room in Sydney for a one-off, three-night run. Fast-forward to seven national sold-out Australian tours, an enthusiastic audience of over 60,000, and a 2016 Huffington Post video feature boasting 20+ million viral views, TESB is set to entertain U.S. fans with a live entertainment experience like no other.
“It’s been an amazing journey from the little stage we started on to the majestic theatres we play now,” says Russall. “We never stop developing the show – always trying to make it bigger and crazier, and, yes, reach the standard of quality of the films. Everywhere we go, our fans are passionate and excited, and they deserve an unforgettable, fun night out.”
The Empire Strips Back celebrates the resurgence of burlesque, while delivering a powerful experience for fans of the art form as well as the classic film series. “The artistic direction guiding every Star Wars-inspired burlesque show has its’ own personality, giving audiences the opportunity to appreciate different versions of the genre.”
Russall and producing business partner, Craig Ridgwell, have built a reputation for themselves in the Australian and London theatre circuits; clients include HBO/Foxtel, Warner Bros, EB Games, Sydney Film Festival, and Oz ComicCon. The two have worked alongside one another for 10 years as creative and producer of live shows, achieving cult-stardom for developing and promoting other internationally-acclaimed burlesque parodies such as Dames of Throne, Biba Wizard of Oz, Batman Follies, and Hail to The King, all seen by thousands in sold-out theatres across Australia.
2019 National Tour General Information, Dates & Theatres
– Ages 18+
– For tickets and more information, visit empirestripsback.com
– VIP tickets featuring a post-show photo opportunity with a performer are also available.
Saturday, March 30 @ 8pm; San Diego – BALBOA THEATRE
868 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Sunday, March 31 @ 8pm; Riverside – FOX PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
3801 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
Tuesday, April 2 @ 8pm; Phoenix – COMERICA THEATRE
400 W Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Wednesday, April 3 @ 8pm; Los Angeles – THE WILTERN
3790 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Thursday, April 4 @ 8PM; Reno – GRAND SIERRA CASINO
2500 E 2nd Street, Reno, NV 89595
Friday, April 5 @8pm; San Francisco – THE WARFIELD
982 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Saturday, April 6 @ 8PM; Bakersfield, CA – FOX THEATRE
2001 H Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301
Thursday, April 11 @8pm; Kansas City – UPTOWN THEATRE
3700 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111
Sunday, April 14, @8pm; Indianapolis – MURAT THEATRE
502 N New Jersey St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Wednesday, April 17 @8pm; Louisville – PALACE THEATRE
625 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202
Thursday, April 18 @8pm; Cleveland – MASONIC AUDITORIUM
3615 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115
Friday, April 19 @8pm; Detroit – THE FILLMORE
2115 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Thursday, April 25 @8pm; Toronto – QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE
190 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3
Friday, April 26 @8pm; Montreal – L’OLYMPIA
1004 St Catherine St E, Montreal, QC H2L 2G2
Saturday, April 27, @8pm; Boston – ORPHEUM
1 Hamilton Pl, Boston, MA 02108
Wednesday, May 1 @8pm; Bethlehem – SANDS CASINO
77 Sands Blvd, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Thursday, May 2 @8pm; Philadelphia – THE TOWER THEATRE
S 69th St &, Ludlow St, Upper Darby, PA 19082
Friday, May 3 @8pm; New Jersey – BORGATA CASINO
1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Saturday, May 4 @10pm; New York – PLAYSTATION THEATRE
1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036