Using exaggeration to ridicule a topic, either by trivializing a dignified or important topic with humor or treating an otherwise minor topic with profundity and seriousness.
Acts involving a striptease or sexual activities.
(It really bothers me when people only use the term ‘burlesque’ to describe the latter because I really like the first definition. Let me use Cabaret as an example, because it has elements of both. If you look at a number like Don’t Tell Mama or Mein Herr, you can clearly see the elements of what is most commonly known as burlesque theatre. Then, if you look at a number like If You Could See Her, the antisemitic themes that run deep within the musical are wildly important, but barely acknowledged. They treat an important theme as satirical material in this number, and that’s what real burlesque is supposed to be. It’s so much more effective than if they were to write a straightforward song about interracial relationships, and that’s what makes the song memorable and important.)
— Bernadette Peters
— Ethel Waters
— George Gershwin
anyone want to send me pdf’s of sheetmusic. any song. anything. please, i’m desperate and i have no money… please message me! love you all!
^ You should download this pdf file of a complete songbook! All you need to do is exchange a pdf for it, any iTunes audiobook will work just fine if you have one.
— Chita Rivera
— Matthew Broderick