‘Stars Wars’ burlesque show ‘The Empire Strips Back’ returns to NY
Let the flesh be with you.
A sexy “Star Wars”-themed show is stripteasing its way to a galaxy near you.
“The Empire Strips Back: A Burlesque Parody” opens on May 10 at the Orpheum Theater in the East Village. It’s based on characters from the franchise and features “Sultry Stormtroopers, a dangerously enticing Boba Fett, and a lady-like Skywalker.”
“We have scantily clad droids. We have a female feminine Darth Vader,” publicist Victoria Westbrook told The Post.
“It’s a night of pure fun … This is a show that’s really for all ‘Star Wars’ lovers. We call it the gathering of the clan, a place for nerds to come and have the best night ever.”
The production is the brainchild of Russall S. Beattie, who first launched the show in his native Australia in 2011. It came to the States as a one-night-only performance in California in 2018 and in 2019 played at the PlayStation Theater on Broadway.
“The costumes … the set pieces are super detailed. So for the most nerdy ‘Star Wars’ nerd there is a clear reference for the work we are parodying,” said producer David Foster.
Tickets go on sale March 21 for the show, which for now has an open-ended run.
“It’s up to the fans to decide how long it runs,” said Foster. “We will start with three months and see where it goes.”