‘Sass With Class’ to bring showgirl-inspired production to Starbright

Who says Las Vegas has no more vintage shows?

Rich Rizzo’s Las Vegas Follies plans to perform “Sass With Class” at 7 p.m. June 15 and 2 p.m. June 16 at the Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd.

The Las Vegas showgirl-inspired production features impersonators Frankie Kein and Manuel Arte, singer Joe LaVigna, artist Terry Ritter and magician Angelica.

“Sass With Class” involves about two dozen acts and opens with a “Luck Be a Lady” medley. Other songs include “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” “Too Darn Hot” and “Let Me Entertain You.”

This day at rehearsals, Rizzo put the dancers through their paces at a local community center dance studio. Rizzo is known for his choreography in the “Jubilee!” and “Lido de Paris” production shows, among others.

Cardboard tents with numbers, leaning up against the mirrored wall, helped the dancers maintain their spacing.

“That’s it, girls, and one, two, three,” Rizzo called out, working alongside them. He sang along with the music when he knew the words, resorting to “dah, dah, dah’s” when he didn’t.

He made them run through their numbers numerous times before giving them a break. The dancers gathered at the side, catching their breath and sipping from water bottles.

“He expects us to dance like we’re 20 years old,” joked Carol Cravens, dabbing her brow.

There were tongue-in-cheek protests of no oxygen bottles waiting in the wings, but the yoga togs didn’t lie. A lifetime of dancing has kept all the women — the youngest of whom is 67 and the oldest 80 — in remarkable shape.

In the actual performance, the women will get to catch their collective breath while other acts, such as magician and bird handler Angelica, are on stage.

“She holds the world record of making the largest number of birds appear in the shortest amount of time,” Las Vegas Follies board member Teresa Cushman said.

After taking five, the women stepped back onto the studio floor to work on their moves. For this show, the Las Vegas Follies is slated to have two six-hour rehearsals at the Starbright Theatre. It will include the risers, which, this day, the dancers had to imagine were in the dance studio.

Cushman said it was difficult to translate the show from rehearsing in a dance studio to being on the real stage.

“Stages are not all the same size,” Cushman said. “So, if you’ve got eight beats to get to the center, you may not (actually have) eight beats to get to the center, and you either have to take bigger steps or start a couple beats early. So, you’ve got to work through all that.”

“He doesn’t treat us like seniors,” Cushman said of Rizzo. “He just gives us the steps, then (when we’re panting) goes, ‘That was a hard one, I’m surprised you got it.’ But that’s what sets us apart. A lot of senior dancers come out with the boas and the kick line, and that’s it.”

Instead, the routines for “Sass With Class” are closer to something the UNLV Rebel Girls dancers might do for basketball fans at the Thomas & Mack Center.

“He’s marvelous, but he doesn’t cut us any slack,” said Jody Walker of Rizzo. “That one number is 10 minutes long.”

Cushman said that as much as the dancing kept them in shape, learning the routines helped the mind stay sharp.

The Las Vegas Follies has performed at the Starbright Theatre and the Winchester Cultural Center before. It’s also taken its show to Mesquite.

Tickets for “Sass With Class” are $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents and $18 for nonresidents. For more information, call 702-240-1301 or visit lasvegasfollies.com.

Contact Summerlin/Summerlin South View reporter Jan Hogan at jhogan@viewnews.com or 702-387-2949.

ad-high_impact_4
Local
Downtown Summerlin hosts its annual Festival of Arts
People crowd to Downtown Summerlin for the 23rd annual Summerlin Festival of Arts in Las Vegas, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Clark County educators debate alternative grading systems
Spring Valley High School principal Tam Larnerd, Spring Valley High School IB coordinator Tony Gebbia and retired high school teacher Joyce O'Day discuss alternative grading systems. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Grandparents on the fire that killed three family members
Charles and Doris Smith talk about the night an apartment fire took the lives of three of their family members. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
New York artist Bobby Jacobs donated a sculpture to the Las Vegas Healing Garden
Bobby Jacobs, an artist from upstate New York, has spent much of the past year creating a sculpture of two separate angel wings. He donated the sculpture to the Las Vegas Healing Garden. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Weather will cool slightly through the end of the week
The weather will cool slightly through the end of the week., but highs are still expected to be slightly above normal for this year. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Mayor announces new public-private partnership
Mayor Carolyn Goodman announced the creation of the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE, a public-private partnership that will allocate money to the city’s neediest.
Fremont9 opens downtown
Fremont9 apartment complex has opened in downtown Las Vegas. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Fall fairytale gets cozy at Bellagio Conservatory
Bellagio Conservatory introduces its fall-themed garden titled "Falling Asleep." (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
What the house that Ted Binion died in looks like today
Casino heir Ted Binion died in this Las Vegas home in 1998. Current home owner Jane Popple spent over $600,000 to restore and modernize the home. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Rescue Mission employees terminated
Don James, a former employee for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, talks about the day his team was terminated. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Raiders Cupcakes at Freed's Bakery
Freed's Bakery will have Raiders-themed cupcakes available in store and for order during football season. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
51s fans say goodbye to Cashman Field
Las Vegas 51s fans said goodbye to Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Monday September, 3, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
51s owner Don Logan's last weekend at Cashman Field
Don Logan, owner of the Las Vegas 51s, gives a tour of Cashman Field before the team's final weekend using the field. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Metro Asst. Sheriff Brett Zimmerman on Aug. 8 officer-involved shooting
Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman met with media Monday to discuss the details of the 14th officer-involved shooting of the year. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Matt Kelly Elementary School hosted its third annual Back-to-School Red Carpet Program
Matt Kelly Elementary School hosted its third annual Back-to-School Red Carpet Program where community and business leaders joined to welcome students back with an inspirational welcome. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Star Trek fans on show’s enduring popularity
Star Trek fans at the Star Trek Convention 2018 talk about why they think the show has stayed popular across the years Thursday, August 2, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Nonprofit provides clothing for homeless
Sydney Grover of Can You Spare A Story?, talks about how she founded the non-profit organization. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like