Above: Some of Grant's work. Swoon!
Saturday, June 1, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
$5 at the door, advance tickets here
Drawing from his extensive experience as a producer, writer, choreographer and designer in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Grant Philipo shares historical and anecdotal information about the trajectory of showgirls, showboys, and burlesque dancers in the Vegas area.
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Born and raised in Iowa, Grant Philipo is the youngest person to ever produce a full-scale, 35 plus cast member, multi-million dollar spectacular for a major Las Vegas Strip property. His "90 Degrees & Rising" premiered at the Dunes Hotel & Casino to rave reviews. Most impressive is the fact that "90 Degrees & Rising" was produced for a fraction of the amount spent on similar Strip extravaganzas. www.RisingIncSpectaculars.com
Grant's career has taken him from years of artistic, vocal and dramatic achievements and awards, to professional careers as a lead singer/dancer and makeup artist, to being a top high-fashion model, and on to working alongside and designing with and for such greats as Bob Mackie, Michael Travis, Dolly Parton, Ann-Margret, Eartha Kitt and Liberace, to mention just a few. Grant has earned scholarships, and performed and trained others at the Des Moines Museum of Art, USC San Diego, Stage 7 (San Diego’s only Professional Entertainment Academy), Barbizon, San Diego Ballet Company and the Pygmalion Institute in Las Vegas. For a number of years, Philipo's costumes have been displayed alongside Bob Mackie’s and others at UNLV’s Art Museum Showing of “The Las Vegas Showgirl,” as well as been featured on MTV, Biography, A&E and the Billboard Music Awards.
Grant's award-winning shows and costumes have graced almost every stage in Las Vegas, as well as a number of those in Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Japan and Mexico. Unlike others in his profession, he produces, writes, designs, directs and stages all of his own shows. His costume collection contains the largest number of privately owned Bob Mackie creations, as well as numerous pieces by Pete Menefee and Michael Travis, as well as many equally stunning Grant Philipo Originals. As the onetime Artistic Director for the Hollywood Wax Museums, Grant's re-creations of garments worn by stars and royalty are still on display in both the Los Angeles and Branson, Missouri, locations, as well as in Fong's Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, and the Guinness World Book of Records Museums in California and Florida. Philipo's work had also been on display at the now closed Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park, California.
Grant's Showgirl Museum
The collections housed in the museum takes visitors back to where it all
started, in Paris. It gives a glimpse of all aspects, including live re-
enactments of some of Las Vegas' most famous production numbers, headliners and
specialty acts, from Hallelujah Hollywood, Splash, Enter the Night, Jubilee!,
Les Folies Bergere, 90 Degrees and Rising, Melinda, The First Lady of Magic,
Ann-Margaret Show, Lynda Carter Show, and Liberace Show, in addition to famous
movies and revues from around the world. In addition there is memorabilia and
costumes that belonged to and were worn by Raquel Welch, Rosemary Clooney,
Mitzi Gaynor, Judy Garland, Ava Gardner, Cyd Charisse, Susan Hayward, Lana
Turner, Susan Anton, Maureen O’Hara, Donny & Marie, Julie Andrews, Betty
Hutton, Ann Miller, Debbie Reynolds, Cary Grant, Kathryn Grayson, Tyrone Power,
Greer Garson, June Allyson, Jane Russell, Vera Ellen, Tony Orlando, Frank
Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Sonny & Cher, and others.
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