Ms Fanservice / Theater


  • A rare classical music example: the title character of Richard Strauss's 1905 opera Salome does a famous dance, the Dance of the Seven Veils, during which she takes off the eponymous veils until, by the end, she's (supposedly) naked. Most productions don't expect the soprano to actually get naked and generally go with underwear or a bodystocking but whenever one does (such as Maria Ewing - NSFW) it's always a sensation.
    • In Zemlinsky's opera Der König Kandaules, the titular king Kandaules persuades the hero Gyges to gaze upon his (the king's) beautiful young wife Nyssia when she's undressing. The ensuing nude scene has a lot to do with why the opera, although written in the 1930s and 40s, didn't get premiered until 1996. In case you're wondering, karma bites Kandaules in the ass when, in the third act Gyges owns up to the deception, and Nyssia is so taken with his honesty and so disgusted with her creepy husband's pimp tendencies that she persuades Gyges to kill Kandaules, and promptly crowns Gyges king instead.
  • Similarly, the title character of Olga Neuwirth's opera American Lulu, loosely adapted from Berg's Lulu, wears skimpier and skimpier clothing as the show goes on. Culminating in Fan Disservice: she undresses completely for her last client and he stabs her to death and leaves her naked body in a dumpster.
  • Magda from Tanz Der Vampire, who spends most of the show in various forms permutations of the Impossibly-Low Neckline and a very skimpy nightgown. Then there's her finale costume, which seems designed to show as much skin as possible while still using the idea that extra fabric is sensual. The result? A corset-bodiced dress with lots of cleavage, a short skirt, and a transparent blouse and overskirt.
  • Interestingly, some versions of Little Shop of Horrors tend to give Audrey a nightgown or very short skirt (think 60s nurse uniform skirts) for the scene where she dies, and when she's placed upon Audrey II and the puppeteers start moving the tongue to get her down, the audience gets a pretty good view. Notable since she could just be placed any old way and fall down his gullet however she wanted.
  • Cunegonde and Paquette in Candide
  • The entire female cast of Spring Awakening.
  • Sally Bowles in Cabaret.
  • Eponine Thenardier is portrayed this way in some productions of Les MisÚrables, likely to contrast her with her love-rival, the prim and proper Cosette. This is an interesting contrast to the original book, where Cosette is expressly stated to be the more attractive of the two and gets a couple Innocent Fanservice Girl moments herself.

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