2007_05_arts_42.jpgWhat will become of mainstay clam bar Little Charlie's once it closes shop later this year? The 5,500 square foot space at 19 Kenmare Street (which includes a basement and first floor) will turn in to a burlesque haven later this year, housing Ivan Kane's famous show Forty Deuce (originally named for 42nd Street). With tiered seating and a stage, the new space will be part of the transformation happening in the 14,000 square foot building purchased by David Zahabian for $10M.

From Kane's website: "This intimate, exclusive, back-alley club comes replete with velvet rope and gorgeous people. At Ivan Kane's Forty Deuce New York Nightclub, you'll find the naughty yet sophisticated atmosphere of old-school striptease joints. Watch as gifted burlesque dancers sashay down the bar in front of the legendary curtain of pearls. It's dirty-cool..."

So who's bringing burlesque to Kenmare Street? David Bowie and Sting, of course. The Observer reports: "Sting and David Bowie are direct partners. They are going to be involved in the creative process. Forty Deuce is a burlesque show that Kane started in Las Vegas in 2002. He has since opened a branch in Los Angeles, and has been in talks to bring the show to New York for some time." Wonder if they'll invite Britney to perform.

Photo via Meg's Flickr.