X Burlesque just celebrated its 15th anniversary on Las Vegas Boulevard, an astounding feat on the ever-changing Strip. As she does every year, show creator and producer Angela Stabile has made some major adjustments to the provocative production, adding new music and choreography.
“[With] the song ‘Mo Bounce’ [by Iggy Azalea], which is a hip-hop number, the girls’ moves are just leaving people speechless,” Stabile says. It sounds like we’re talking twerk. “They do twerk, but it’s amazing. Everyone always says this show has the most talented dancers and the prettiest cast in Las Vegas, no question about it.”
Stabile danced for years in Las Vegas shows—including legendary productions Crazy Girls and Lido de Paris at the Riviera and Stardust, respectively—before retiring to become a producer. “I was ready for it,” she says. “I learned a lot while I was in Crazy Girls for 10 years and saw all aspects of the business, so it was like going to school to become a producer. I knew I could do it.”
X Burlesque opened at the Aladdin in 2002 before moving to its current home at the Flamingo. Its success led to the creation of X Rocks at the Rio and X Country at Harrah’s, and Stabile and her crew also produce Piff the Magic Dragon at the Flamingo.
Entertaining is a family affair for Stabile. Her husband, Matt, co-produces and directs the shows, and daughter Tiffany manages the productions, helping to keep them fresh and sexy for Vegas visitors. “It’s really what we want to see,” Stabile says. “If anything starts to feel dated at all, we get rid of it and bring out the new stuff.” That’s how you keep a Vegas show going strong for 15 years and counting.