- Cast: Cher , Christina Aguilera, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet, Julianne Hough, Alan Cumming, Peter Gallagher, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Dianna Agron, Glynn Turman, David Walton, Terrence Jenkins, Chelsea Traille , Tanee McCall, Tyne Stecklein, Paula Van Oppen, Isabella Hofmann, James Brolin, Stephen Lee, Denise Faye, Baldeep Singh, Michael Landes, Wendy Benson-Landes, Katerina Mikailenko, Blair Redford
- Director: Steven Antin
- Writer: Steven Antin
- Producer: Donald De Line
- Associate Producer: Bojan Bazelli
- Executive Producers: Dana Belcastro, Stacy Cramer, Glenn S. Gainor, Risa Shapiro
- Art Direction: Chris Cornwell
- Costume Design: Michael Kaplan
- D.O.P.: Bojan Bazelli
- Editor: Virginia Katz
- Makeup: Cindy J. Williams
- Music: Christophe Beck
- Production Design: Jon Gary Steele
- Set Decoration: Dena Roth
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.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA
- MPAA Warning: For sexual content including several suggestive dance routines, partial nudity, language and some thematic material
- Production Budget: $55 million
- Production Companies: De Line Pictures
- Production Schedule: 9 November 2009 - 24 February 2010
2010 Guie Analysis: "Though not based on a pre-existing show, the filmmakers are being very clear in their intentions to lift much of their inspiration from the greats of the genre, specifically "Cabaret". The story includes some atypical coming of age tropes including the advice-spouting mentor (Cher), the rival (Bell), the poor but handsome struggling love interest (Cam Gigandet), the rich other love interest who ultimately betrays (Eric Dane), and a sagely surrogate father figure (Stanley Tucci as the club's manager). Alan Cumming also pops up as the club's gender-bending MC, Cumming essentially reprising the role he played in a stage revival of "Cabaret" several years back.
How this will play is hard to say, especially with singer Aguilera in the lead as she's yet to prove her acting chops. Though it's highly doubtful this will be the next "Glitter", the Thanksgiving release and obvious aim to pull in a young market with a familiar story seems at odds with the very meaning of burlesque which is supposed to push boundaries and titillate by its very design. Steve Antin is more known for his quirky on-screen performances than his writing/directing efforts like "Chasing Papi" so an ambitious musical like this for him seems a strange choice."