Guest Blogger: Diane Passage Talks Vegas Live Show
With the Pole Superstar NYC shows wrapped up, I’m looking forward to my next step – the Las Vegas live show. I’m working with one of the top producers of shows on the Vegas strip and I’m excited to announce specific details soon.
Coincidentally, I have the movie rights to Larry McMurtry’s novel The Desert Rose, which is a story about a Las Vegas showgirl. I obtained the rights about five years ago and started working on the movie with Martin Bregman, whose films include Scarface, Serpico, The Bone Collector, and more. This movie has been a slow process since I manage multiple projects, but I feel like my involvement with the Pole Superstar Las Vegas show will help me along with the movie since there are similar elements.
The Desert Rose is about an aging Las Vegas showgirl whose underage daughter is being groomed to take the mother’s place as the star of the show. The story merges female competitiveness with mother/daughter tension – something that women can relate to, in the enticing Vegas setting that men can relate to. McMurtry didn’t write an exact time period for the story, but all of the screenwriters I spoke with lean towards early Vegas for the setting. I prefer 1950s-60s Vegas as well because it’s a setting that audiences can’t experience first-hand anymore – the Stardust, the Dunes, token slot machines, showgirls in huge ostrich feathers & crystal bodysuits. There aren’t many traditional showgirls left in today’s Vegas anymore. I think Bally’s & Tropicana hotels still offer the vintage-style showgirl revues, but it’s far more common today to see a show starring the likes of the Pussycat Dolls, Playmates and Broadway stars.
Today’s Las Vegas showgirls are the ultra-talented ladies of Cirque du Soleil, Bite, Fantasy, and so on. I’m looking forward to putting Pole Superstar’s Las Vegas show together for obvious reasons – because it’s going to be amazingly awesome – and I also feel like I’m making progress on The Desert Rose movie by simply being involved in a Las Vegas live show production including auditions and rehearsals. Although the time periods between early and modern Las Vegas are different, I’m pretty sure the production and emotional qualities remain the same.