Word from Grant Philipo – Producer, Director, and Designer:
People for decades have come to Las Vegas & Paris in search of, “The Showgirl” even I, when I first came to Las Vegas from Iowa, sought out the “Showgirl”. When I arrive at the ripe age of 18, I had no idea what Las Vegas in 1976 would behold and I wasn’t disappointed, in fact I was thrown into a fantasy world that surpassed anything I ever saw on TV or in movies.
At that time, only a wishful singer / dancer hoping for the chance to perform in the spectacle of a Vegas show. Many years have since passed as I witnessed the decline of the entertainment I first saw in Las Vegas as well as the almost extinction of the the true showgirl.
Showmen like Donn Arden & Fredric Apcar planted seeds in my mind that shows were to be glamorous sexy spectacles that most humans couldn’t imagine in their wildest dreams, where all performers male and female shined while on stage and all audience members fantasized about them for months after first seeing them on stage. The costumes were a marvel and the stage effects surpassed even those seen today.
I’ve been lucky enough to rub shoulders with Fredric Apcar and worked along side great designers like Bob Mackie and Michael Travis and even had the great Donn Arden sit in the audience of my show and inform me that, “You must include Spectacular in your company name since what you create on stage is truly Spectacular!”
For most people that should be enough, but this being the almost first centennial of Las Vegas, I feel Las Vegas of the 21 century needs to see how truly spectacular this town’s history has been and can again be.
Beauty, sex appeal and fantasy created “Sin-City” and therefore in “Sin-City” so if you get a chance see or hire one of our shows, take it and see the new face of history re-born.