The Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender celebrated its 20th year over the Easter weekend, and they certainly pulled out all the stops for the hotly anticipated Burlesque Showcase.
This year, burlesque events producer Audrey Deluxe and esteemed Viva boss Tom Ingram assembled a dazzling cast, including celebrated burlesque stars Kalani Kokonuts, Missy Lisa and Jeez Loueez, Miss Exotic World 2008 and New York Burlesque Festival producer Angie Pontani, legendary emcee Murray Hill, and a hysteria-inducing appearance from Dita Von Teese. Burlesque fans queued around the block to get their hands on a ticket to one of the three showcases on Good Friday.
Dita opened and closed each of the three shows, performing an impressive six times over the course of the evening which lasted well into the early hours of Saturday. She opened with a revamped version of her classic martini glass show, accompanied by her impossibly suave ‘Vontourage’, Alek Palinski and Elio Martinez. The finale was her Rhinestone Cowgirl show, featuring sparkly pink tumbleweed (hell – sparkly pink everything!) and the most glamorous mechanical bull in existence.
The all star cast members were captured backstage by photographer Steve Prue, and a cast photo was taken at the end of a long but fabulous night of striptease. Stay tuned for performance photos and reviews. Tickets for Viva Las Vegas 21 go on sale June 1st.
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