Las Vegas Stripped: 60 Years of Burlesque in Sin City

Vegas StrippedBurlesque has been an integral part of the “Vegas experience” as long as there’s been a “Vegas experience”. Following the decline of the Minsky burlesque empire in the East, a decline brought on by the combined forces of LaGuardia’s anti-burlesque reformism and changing tastes in the post-War era, the last of the burlesque Minskys, Abe’s adopted son Harold, brought burlesque to a new frontier. in 1956, Harold Minsky brought the Minsky name to the marquee at the Dunes, followed by revues at the Silver Slipper, the Aladdin, and other Vegas showrooms. Throughout the “Rat Pack” era, Vegas stages were graced by the likes of Lili St. Cyr, Tempest Storm, Candy Barr, Liz Renay, and our own Jennie Lee. In the late ’60s and ’70s, as classic burlesque gave way to go go girls, contemporary-style strip clubs, and porn houses, there were still stages in burlesque where one could see featured acts like Tiffany Carter, Dusty Summers, Marinka, Kitten Natividad, and Bambi Jones — many of whom still live and occasionally perform here.

Las Vegas Stripped tells the story of the “sin” in Sin City, the dancers and others who put Las Vegas on the map as not just a place to gamble but as a sexy, glamorous place of legend.


Enjoy this virtual walkthrough of the exhibition Las Vegas Stripped: 60 Years of Burlesque in Sin City. Use your mouse to click through the gallery, or use the arrows to zoom in and out. (Requires Microsoft Silverlight.)

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