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Dita Von Teese Burlesque Act Banned at Bette Midler-Hosted Halloween Gala

On the same day it was revealed that New York City is likely to repeal a Prohibition-era law banning dancing in most establishments including restaurants and bars, the Bishop of New York personally stopped a planned Burlesque performance by Dita Von Teese at Bette Midler’s annual Hulaween Gala. The event took place at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City on Monday night.

Although Von Teese was scheduled to take the stage, she revealed to Variety on the red carpet before the curtain rose: “I’m not performing anymore. The church banned me. … Reverend Andrew M. L. Dietsche pulled the plug and said, ‘No… there is no burlesque performance in a church.'”

The annual fundraiser supports the New York Restoration Project and Von Teese took it in stride. “I have performed in a lot of churches all over the world, but they are all venues and this is a real church, so I can see their point.”

Von Teese channeled old Hollywood as she strolled the carpet with Midler and the current and future cast of “Hello Dolly,” including stars David Hyde Pierce, Bernadette Peters, and Victor Garber, who will both join the Tony-winning revival in January.

“I’m always working on my show costumes,” she said. “It’s a huge undertaking. I rarely have time for Halloween.”

Next up for Von Teese: a New Year’s Eve show at the Ace Theater in Los Angeles.

“I was so tired of not having something glamorous to do on New Year’s Eve in L.A.,” she laughed. “So why don’t I just make a glamorous show [myself]?”

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