The way Moxie LaBouche sees it, "Game of Thrones" was all but asking for a burlesque spin-off. Although to be fair, with a stage name like Moxie LaBouche, it's obvious that she has a knack for spotting striptease potential.
“Anything we want to share with our audience, we want to share by taking our clothes off,” says LaBouche, a fan of the wildly popular HBO series as well as the producer of the Virginia-based Blacklist Burlesque troupe. “I like to joke that there’s less nudity in our show than the original.”
Her show would be "Burlesque is Coming," a bawdy mix of comedy, striptease and sideshow that swings through World Cafe Live this Friday. Although not the first burlesque act set in the Seven Kingdoms, it is the one and only to win the approval of George R. R. Martin, author of "A Song of Ice and Fire," the novels on which the show is based.
Touring since 2014, the latest incarnation of "Burlesque is Coming" features all new material and appearances from fan-fave characters including Daenerys Targaryen, the Lannister siblings and, of course, Jon Snow. No idea who Melisandre is? No problem. “We wanted to make a show for everyone, from diehard fans to people who have never even seen 'Game of Thrones,'” says LaBouche. “There’s something called the ‘nerdlesque bullseye’ that we try to hit. Everyone can enjoy it, but some people will just be laughing a little bit harder than others.”
If you go:
"Burlesque is Coming"
Aug. 19, 9 p.m.
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.