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Life Is a Cabaret Burlesque

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 2, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 2, 2010 |

For the curious among you, here are some high-res photos from Burlesque, which not only marks Steven Antin’s feature directorial debut (you may remember him as Troy Perkins in Goonies), but Christina Aguilera’s actressin’ debut, too. The movie also features Cher and Stanley Tucci, in addition to Kristen Bell, who is not featured in any of the photos for some reason.






Plot Summary: The Burlesque Lounge has its best days behind it. Tess, a retired dancer and owner of the venue, struggles to keep the aging theater alive, facing all kinds of financial and artistic challenges. With the Lounge’s troupe members becoming increasingly distracted by personal problems and a threat coming from a wealthy businessman’s quest to buy the spot from Tess, the good fortune seems to have abandoned the club altogether. Meanwhile, the life of Ali, a small-town girl from Iowa, is about to change dramatically. Hired by Tess as a waitress at the Lounge, Ali escapes a hollow past and quickly falls in love with the art of burlesque. Backed by newfound friends amongst the theater’s crew, she manages to fulfill her dreams of being on stage herself. Things take a dramatic turn though when Ali’s big voice makes her become the main attraction of the revue.

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