Showgirl History

ep 053 Celebrating one year of podcasting Showgirl’s Life

It’s been a year of podcasting! Yay!! This episode is the replay of the 1st anniversary livestream recording, trimmed of the visual bits. But there is still a reason to listen. One lucky winner will receive the same prize pack that the live winners received. Make sure to get your trivia answers emailed to me […]

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Showgirl's Life podcast | ep 051 featuring Rita Pardue

ep 051 The entrepreneurial women of dressing room 6 featuring Rita Pardue

Rita Pardue was hired for the girl’s singer line in the opening cast of Donn Arden’s Jubilee. She moved all the way across country from Boston to take the position after her cattle call audition for Fluff LeCoque. She shares her favorite experiences in Jubilee and how the two years she spent in the show

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Showgirl's Life podcast | ep 052 How being a Bluebell dancer sparked the time in her life when she really started living featuring Brenda Barrett

ep 052 How being a Bluebell dancer sparked the time in her life when she really started living featuring Brenda Barrett

Today’s episode features Brenda Barrett, a tall Bluebell dancer from the opening cast of Donn Arden’s Jubilee! She shares about her life as a dancer turned pilates instructor who has been working and living in Rome for the past 30 years. Topics discussed: opening Jubilee! in 1981, moving to Europe to pursue more dance opportunities,

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Showgirl's Life podcast | ep 049 Being pegged as a future Bluebell dancer from the age of two years old featuring Suzanne Raines (Lunn)

ep 049 Being pegged as a future Bluebell dancer from the age of two years old featuring Suzanne Raines (Lunn)

Suzanne Raines (Lunn) went to Paris with Madame Bluebell, to perform as a Bluebell dancer in Allez Lido at the Lido de Paris at the age of 16. She did quite well there advancing to the dancing nude line until Miss Bluebell invited her to travel to Las Vegas to be part of the opening

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Showgirls Life Podcast | The power of self advocacy as a Woman of Color in entertainment featuring Dollie Eaglin

ep 48 The power of self advocacy as a Woman of Color in entertainment featuring Dollie Eaglin

Dollie Eaglin started dancing at a late age, even though she was inspired by the dancing shows she saw on TV as a young girl in the South. In this episode we discuss her path to the Las Vegas shows Donn Arden’s Hallelujah Hollywood! and Jubilee! And the impact being part of those casts had

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Showgirls Road Trip 2021 | Athena Patacsil and Sheri Lewis embark on a tour to revisit their Showgirl roots

One heartbreaking truth: the Showgirl is missing from the city that made her famous

The first time I noticed the Showgirl is missing from Las Vegas In 2018, I took a road trip with my family to LA to visit Disneyland for the first time as a whole family since 2008. It was always a road trip, as it is (supposedly) cheaper and my dad is afraid to fly—never

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Athena Showgirl in purple feathers with Debra Lee Kristian Lido de Paris Singer

Ep 047 How a 5’4” singer dancer came to be the Principal singer in Lido de Paris Allez Lido featuring Debra Lee Kristian, part 2

Debra Lee Kristian is back for part 2 where she shares more about life at the Lido de Paris at the Stardust Hotel when the mob ran it. She has a few stories of interactions with Frank Rosenthal and how upset she was at a nickname he gave her. We discuss the immensity of the

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Athena Showgirl in purple feathers with Debra Lee Kristian Lido de Paris Showgirl

ep 046 How a 5’4” singer dancer came to be the Principal singer in Lido de Paris Allez Lido featuring Debra Lee (Kristian) Fader, part 1

Debra Lee Kristian did not fit the standards that Donn Arden’s cast members were typically known for. She was quite short but was able to entertain Donn Arden enough to win the role as the Principal singer of Allez Lido, the final edition of the Lido de Paris at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas,

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Showgirl's Life Podcast | ep 045 A peek into three generations of women in show business and their family legacy featuring Janet Kravenko, Alison Kravenko and Skyla Johnson

ep 045 A peek into three generations of women in show business and their family legacy

Showgirl’s Life podcast welcomes back three generations of Las Vegas performers Janet Kravenko, Alison Kravenko and Skyla Johnson for a group interview to talk about show business and their family legacy. As a special Mother’s Day tribute, the three generations share what life has been like being a mother and/or daughter in showbiz as Las

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Showgirl's Life Podcast | ep 044 Breaking color barriers in show business as a black male dancer featuring Marty Lewis

ep 044 Breaking color barriers in show business as a black male dancer featuring Marty Lewis

Marty Lewis, who was in both opening casts of Hello, Hollywood, Hello and Jubilee as a black male dancer, shares his story of being a black Showboy in Donn Arden’s MGM productions.  We discuss the joys and privileges of being part of the casts of Showgirl production shows, where entertainment has gone today and reminisced

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E43 From Showgirl to Farm Girl featuring Patti Jo Amerein (Cooper)

ep 043 From Showgirl to Farm Girl featuring Patti Jo Amerein (Cooper)

Patti Jo Amerein (Cooper) began her stage career in the production of City Lites at the Flamingo Hotel. She was urged to audition for Donn Arden’s Jubilee! When the first contract change came up and was immediately hired as a Tall Nude.  Patti Jo shares her experiences navigating her performing career through the 80s and

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Showgirl Story Time: That one time I did an improv solo in Jubilee

Hello there! I’m excited to share this video about a special circumstance that allowed me to choreograph and perform a solo in Jubilee at a moment’s notice! Watch the video to find out what happened and how it went! Thanks for watching! ? Athena Links mentioned: Subscribe to my weekly email and get a set

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Showgirl's Life Podcast | ep 42 Being treated like celebrities as Vegas entertainers of the 70s and 80s featuring Joe Macchieverna

ep 42 Being treated like celebrities as Vegas entertainers of the 70s and 80s featuring Joe Macchiaverna

Joe Macchiaverna started off opening Hello Hollywood Hello as a singer and then continued on to be part of the opening cast of Jubilee! As a chorus singer and eventually worked his way to Principal in Jubilee and then the Folies Bergere at the Tropicana. Joe comes from old school Vegas roots in the entertainment

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Athena in a Showgirl feathered headdress with Showgirl historian Su Kim Chung

ep 041 Female leaders in Showbiz who worked in a time of cultural and societal oppression featuring Su Kim Chung

Female leaders in Showbiz who worked in a time of cultural and societal oppression featuring Su Kim Chung Su Kim Chung, head of the Special Collections at the UNLV library joins us again to chat about the matriarchs in the Showgirl’s life, Madame Bluebell and Fluff LeCoque. We discuss generational differences for women in society

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Vintage Las Vegas Showgirl Athena pictured with 21st century showgirl Skyla Johnson

ep 40 The gratitude and grace of a third generation Las Vegas performer as she continues her legacy despite restrictions featuring Skyla Johnson

Skyla Johnson, currently performing in Las Vegas at the Luxor in Fantasy, shares how her showbiz lineage has shaped her as a performer and woman. We discuss her audition for the show, the differences between classic Las Vegas Showgirls and the current performers on “The Strip” as well as lessons she has learned from her

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Showgirls Life Podcast | Showgirl Athena Patacsil and Janet Kravenko Bluebell dancer

ep 039 How wanting more than “a little job” propelled her into her fabulous life in show business featuring Janet Kravenko

Janet Kravenko was hired by Madame Bluebell at the age of 17 to join her touring company in 1957. She was traveling around Europe with seven other girls performing in the prestigious troupe while absorbing the experience of a lifetime as a professional dancer. She was asked to join the group of sixteen girls that

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Showgirls Life podcast with Showgirls in costume Athena Patacsil and Dancing Nude Alison Kravenko

ep 037 How being a “Donn Arden girl” has shaped life as a teacher, choreographer and woman featuring Alison Kravenko

Alison Kravenko was destined to be a Showgirl. It is part of her family legacy. Her mother was one of the original Bluebells to come across the pond to perform in the Lido de Paris at the Stardust hotel back in 1958. Once Alison focused her sights on dancing and trained to be a ballerina,

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Las Vegas Showgirl in costume designed by Bob Mackie

ep 036 How being a Showgirl strengthens work ethic, confidence featuring Amelia Bruff

Today’s episode features Amelia Bruff, former Bluebell dancer, magic assistant, line captain and swing from Donn Arden’s Jubilee. Amelia, or Millie as she was known to cast and crew, spent a total of 14 years on the Jubilee stage. During two separate experiences in the show, she shares how different each time was in shaping

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Showgirl's Life Podcast | ep 35 Diversifying the Narrative: stories from dancers of the line formerly known as the Ebony line and beyond part 7

ep 035 Diversifying the Narrative: stories from dancers of the line formerly known as the Ebony line and beyond part 7

This is the final episode of a seven-part series in which I feature guests who are all People of Color who performed in Hallelujah Hollywood!, Jubilee!, and/or Hello, Hollywood, Hello! between 1973-2016. To culminate this series, I bring together the most impactful stories, previously unpublished, from the guests in this series and a few more

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Showgirl's Life Podcast | ep 33 Diversifying the Narrative: stories from dancers of the line formerly known as the Ebony line and beyond part 6, featuring Andrew Branche

ep 034 Diversifying the Narrative: part 6 featuring Andrew Branche

This is part six of a seven-part series in which I feature guests who are all People of Color who performed in Hallelujah Hollywood!, Jubilee!, and/or Hello, Hollywood, Hello! between 1973-2016. Andrew Branche, former principal dancer in Jubilee, began his career as a dancer in his late teens. Inspired by a touring cast of Cats,

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Showgirl's Life Podcast | ep 33 Diversifying the Narrative: stories from dancers of the line formerly known as the Ebony line and beyond part 5, featuring Victor Littles

ep 033 Diversifying the Narrative: part 5 featuring Victor Littles

This is part five of a seven-part series in which I feature guests who are all People of Color who performed in Hallelujah Hollywood!, Jubilee!, and/or Hello, Hollywood, Hello! between 1973-2016. Victor Littles was a dancer in the line formerly known as the “Ebony Guys” in Jubilee. He started his dance training late, but was

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Showgirl's Life Podcast | ep 32 Diversifying the Narrative: stories from dancers of the line formerly known as the Ebony line and beyond part 4, featuring Gayve Littles

ep 032 Diversifying the Narrative: part 4 featuring Gayve Littles

This is part four of a seven-part series in which I feature guests who are all People of Color who performed in Hallelujah Hollywood!, Jubilee!, and/or Hello, Hollywood, Hello! between 1973-2016. Gayve Littles started much later than usual for a female dancer at the age of 18. With the help of her brother, and some

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Showgirl's Life Podcast | ep 31 Diversifying the Narrative: stories from dancers of the line formerly known as the Ebony line and beyond part 3, featuring Anthony Brown

ep 031 Diversifying the Narrative: part 3 featuring Anthony Brown

This is part three of a seven-part series in which I feature guests who are all People of Color who performed in Hallelujah Hollywood!, Jubilee!, and/or Hello, Hollywood, Hello! between 1973-2016. Anthony Brown started his Las Vegas entertainer journey in Reno performing in Hello, Hollywood, Hello!. After one short contract, he joined the Ebony Guys

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