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Rio launches late night adult revue ‘Showgirls’

Mar 26, 2002 1:40 AM

The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino and Greg Thompson Productions present the all-new late-night adult revue “Showgirls,” beginning Friday, in the Samba Theater.

This exciting production is set to hot musical selections and enhanced by striking costumes and sets. Its unique theme features showgirls throughout history, from Ziegfield Follies to Madonna and beyond. The show will be performed in the Rio’s Samba Theater nightly at 11 p.m. (dark Thursday). For tickets, call (702) 252-7776.

The show stars international recording artist Sunny, who ties together the striking Âí­vignettes with tributes to fabulous showgirls, bombshells and female icons of our cultural history, such as Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Dolly Parton, Madonna, Carmen Miranda and Britney Spears.

Another unique attraction of the show is a spectacular exhibit, displayed in the Samba Theater entrance, devoted to more than 100 years of showgirls, featuring costumes, memorabilia and stunning photos.

The exhibit is free to the public, and open for viewing daily from noon to midnight. Showgirls are available for photos from 10-11 p.m. nightly (except Thursdays).

“Showgirls” uncovers the glamorous past of the most beautiful and hardest working girls in show business, starting in the cabarets of Paris and the introduction of the scandalous can-can to their arrival in America as part of Florenz Ziegfield’s “Fabulous Follies.” From there it was on the spectacular movie musicals of the 30s and 40s.

Las Vegas came into its own during the 50s and 60s, and showgirls were there to help add more glitz to the neon desert. The “Lido,” the “Casino de Paris,” “Viva Les Girls” and “Bare Touch of Vegas” helped make the words “Las Vegas Showgirl” an American household expression.