Lower East Side Neo-Burlesque Palace Is Returning!
The Slipper Room opened in 1999 and quickly became the hub of the neo-burlesque movement, pulsing with saucy strippers and drag king comics bringing back an old-time vaudeville feeling with more modern, knowing attitudes towards gender and sexuality.
Well, the joint closed for renovations two years ago and it will finally reopen this fall (167-Orchard Street), complete with better lights and even new fly rigs for acrobats.
Oh, yes, there will be acrobats--not to mention a promised assortment of "music, magic, comedy, puppetry, animal acts, striptease, and more."
It's Ed Sullivan meets Al Goldstein!
I just hope the animal acts won't coincide with the stripteases.
The two-floor club will also host four weekly variety shows produced by co-owner James Habacker, all with a live band.
If variety is the spice of life, long may the new Slipper Room play on.