Burlesque isn’t exactly a new thing. Theatrically, it’s been around since the late 17th century. In the U.S., burlesque as we know it today gained popularity in the 1860s in cabarets and theaters. Shows are meant to be gaudy, comical, musical and, of course, sexy. Today, you can find burlesque troupes performing in pretty much any major city in America. But that doesn’t mean they’re all going to be worth your while. And with some shows carrying a pretty hefty admission fee, it isn’t always easy to decide which one deserves your money. So we’ve decided for you. Here are the best burlesque shows in the U.S. that you definitely need to see.