Jun 9, 2011
The Sisters Watson as “The Mashers” in an 1883 English production of Bluebeard, a burlesque by F.C Burnand (Phyllis Broughton played “Joliquet”). Victorian burlesque was sort of the Forbidden Broadway of its time, poking fun at the conventions of serious opera. Trouser roles were encouraged, especially ones where the actresses could show a little leg, but burlesque as striptease was a uniquely American “innovation.”

The Sisters Watson as “The Mashers” in an 1883 English production of Bluebeard, a burlesque by F.C Burnand (Phyllis Broughton played “Joliquet”). Victorian burlesque was sort of the Forbidden Broadway of its time, poking fun at the conventions of serious opera. Trouser roles were encouraged, especially ones where the actresses could show a little leg, but burlesque as striptease was a uniquely American “innovation.”

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