Final hurrah

“Jubilee,” the last Vegas showgirl routine, has been shuttered

Actress Vivica A. Fox during a guest appearance in the "Jubilee!" show at Bally's Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Las Vegas’ last surviving showgirl revue staged its final performance on February 11. Jubilee was a classic of the Vegas Strip; it featured glitzy costumes, numerous dance routines, patriotic medleys, re-enactments of famous stories (everything from Samson and Delilah to the Titanic), and of course, topless women. Diane Palm, the last company manager of Jubilee and a former showgirl, told NPR that “the sets were tremendous. They were huge. I’d never seen anything like that before. The costumes were absolutely glorious.”

Caesars Entertainment, which produces Jubilee, has not revealed why they shuttered the revue, but it is possible that this vintage set piece of the Strip was not able to compete with relatively contemporary performances like Cirque du Soleil. John Katsilometes, a columnist for the Las Vegas Sun and Las Vegas Weekly magazine, told NPR that he believes Jubilee should have been preserved as a historic institution. “If there’s any show … that deserves to be protected by the public trust, it’s Jubilee,” he said. “Jubilee should be a landmark — a historic landmark of the State of Nevada in the County of Clark in the City of Las Vegas.”

Read the full story at NPR.

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