Photo Parade: Star Wars Burlesque

Sat, March 13th, 2010 at 6:17pm PST | Updated: March 13th, 2010 at 6:21pm

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Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

Friday night, not in a galaxy far, far away, but at the Henry Fonda theater in Hollywood, California, fans of George Lucas’ star spanning space opera were treated to a most unusual of performances – a Star Wars Burlesque show. The brain child of performer Courtney Cruz, the sold out show was attended not by a wretched hive of scum and villainy, but rather an enthusiastic crowd of 1000+ enjoying a sexy, hilarious and highly entertaining interpretation of some of their favorite child hood heroes.

Each performer entered the stage in an instantly recognizable costume, dancing and gyrating to a mix of techno, electronica, industrial and even some disco (like the Star Wars disco song couldn’t be played), slowly revealing their true nature underneath the costume. And yes, even the lovable droid R2-D2 had his, err, her own unique performance to offer the crowd. And, naturally, there was a Slave Leia performance.

CBR Staff Photographer Pinguino Kolb had a front row seat at last nights performance, bringing our readers an up close and personal look at the costumes and performances. Please note that the following images are intended for mature audiences only. Also, we'll try not to use too many "Use The Force" jokes.

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The marquee as seen from Hollywood Blvd. Even some fans showed up in costume.
This guy was kind of the narrator of the show, doing small performances in between sketches to give the girls time to set-up. And here we go! Darth Vader never looked quite so good.
If Darth Vader looked like this under the mask in the movies, well, they'd be very different movies. Oh, Darthy.
Darth Vader knows how to use a light saber well.
Darth was quickly followed by the hottest Boba Fett I've ever seen. She can hunt my bounty any... OK, I'll stop.
Oh, Boba! Love the photo on the right.
More Boba and now our favorite droids enter the stage.
This is the droid you're looking for.
After C3-P0 was done shedding her metal exterior, it was time for R2 to join in on the fun.
This performance was one of the highlights of the night. Yes, R2 uses a stripper pole.
Jabba the Hut never looked quite so good.
As Jabba finishes up, it's time for a Slave Leia to take the stage.
And now it's time for Chewie to take the stage. This performer who never took off her mask during the performance and I have to say seeing that body with that head is wildly confusing (I think in a good way).
As Chewie finishes her performance in the way only Chewie can, Courtney Cruz takes the stage. Truly, it's a rather striking image when a Storm Trooper with these attributes takes the stage. The theater was already whipped up in to a frenzy, but this put things over the top.
Oh, yes, even the Death Star got a dance.
A short performance by Catwoman teased a super hero themed show coming in June. Courntey and her group take a final bow.

TAGS:  star wars, star wars burlesque, courtney cruz, burlesque, cosplay

 
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