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‘Star Wars’ strip show offers sexy stormtroopers, voluptious Vader

January 25, 2019 GMT

The appropriate term may be “nerdgasm.”

A new show coming to New York later this year offers the two things geeks and nerds love most in the world: Scantily clad women and “Star Wars.”

Stormtroopers, Boba Fett, Twi’leks, droids and Darth Vader are all recreated as women in outfits clearly not suited to a life in space, let alone fighting a war.

Originally developed in Sydney, Australia, “The Empire Strips Back” is on a tour in a galaxy not so far, far away — the United States — culminating in a Manhattan show on, you guessed it, May the fourth.

Creators call the show “burlesque,” which suggests a level of class, but creative director Russall Beattie demurred. He said any class is conferred by the show’s production value.


“I think the ‘class’ in regards to this particular production comes from the amount of work we put into production — lighting, costume, props, puppets, choreography and understanding what ‘Star Wars’ fans want out of a show like this,” he said. “When you’re creating a show to cater to potentially one of the most divisive fan bases in the world, you have to go that extra mile.”

Beattie has also faced the same difficulties directors have when revamping the beloved franchise.

“We also try to stay true to the original intent of the story and characters, while laughing at how kind of silly it is that we all love this stuff so much,” he said.

According to a release, the show combines striptease, song and dance, troupe routines and plenty of humor.”

So, What comes next? A strip club version of “Star Trek?”

“We have thought about a ‘Star Trek’ show once or twice before, but the thing about ‘Star Wars’ is that even the people who tell me that they have never seen a ‘Star Wars’ movie before, they still know all the characters,” he said. “Previously, we have done ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Wizard of Oz,’ ‘Kill Bill’ and ‘Batman’ in the past, and we’re currently working on our long-awaited ‘Ghostbusters’ show.”

Jordan Fenster is digital products editor for Hearst Connecticut Media. jordan.fenster@hearstmediact.com