Review Of Showgirls



Updated 05/22/2002

Showgirls (CLOSED)

By Chuck Rounds

"Showgirls" is playing inside the Samba Theatre at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino. Showgirls are the essence of Las Vegas, and "Showgirls," a brand new late night show, has reinvented the showgirl for the millennium. This dazzling, sexy show pays tribute to the long-legged lovelies and traces their history from the Ziegfeld Follies to MTV video showgirls. It is a smaller cast, but it is a talented one. These showgirls dance as well as strut.

Hosting the show and saluting these women through history is singer, dancer, impersonator and comedian, Sunny. Sunnyís impressions of Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Joan Rivers, Britney Spears and Madonna are cleverly interspersed among the full-scale showgirl production numbers. She shows off an incredible range is her singing from pop tune to opera. Her charm and bubbly personality set the stage for an enjoyable evening.

The showgirls are beautiful, and for the most part, they are all topless, all of the time. What is even better is that these are not the typical walk and strut showgirls--these are dancers. Not only do they parade around in their wonderful costumes, these women can really move as well. Each one of them can sell and perform this complicated choreography. The cast is also a fairly small one. All of the girls are in all of the numbers. They are working hard up there.

The Samba theatre at the Rio is a beautiful space for this show. It has all of the bells a whistles of a modern theatre, and the technicians do their best to show off everything that this place can do. The sets are simple, yet effective, and the lights are wonderful. It is a shame that a production show hasnít been found sooner to fill this space.

There is also a "Showgirl Exhibit" on display as you enter the theatre. Hundreds of photos, programs, costumes and memorabilia show the history of the showgirl. Most of these things come from the private collection of producer Greg Thompson, and you see the basic theme and similarity to all of the artifacts.

"Showgirls" does a great job with just a little budget. The performers give you everything that you would want in a showgirl. They are tall, beautiful, and theyíre good dancers, too. Sunny is a wonderful host and a very talented woman. Itís a fun evening.