Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | 9:27 a.m.
Ever since “Pin Up” opened in March 2013, it has been unclear who would spell star Claire Sinclair should she ever need time away from the show at the Stratosphere.
Having never used a swing, or understudy, performer for the 2011 Playboy Playmate of the Year, officials with the show have announced that Sinclair will be spelled by another pin-up model this summer.
Sabina Kelley, celebrity judge on “Best Ink” on the Oxygen Network, will step into the central role as the production’s host for a week from July 24-31.
The guest-star performances are set for when Sinclair attends Comic-Con in San Diego to promote her comic book, “Wondrous: The Adventures of Claire Sinclair.”
In a statement, Sinclair said, “Sabina is the perfect guest star for ‘Pin Up.’ With her gorgeous tattoos and striking platinum-blonde hair, she will bring a rockabilly edge to the show that I know all of our ‘Pin Up’ fans will adore.”
Said Kelley, who performed as a showgirl in “Jubilee!” at Bally’s for two years: “I am so grateful to my good friend Claire and the Stratosphere for the opportunity to appear in ‘Pin Up.’ I absolutely love the sexy, flirty and fun way this talented cast and crew have brought the iconic pin-up girl calendar to life.”
Kelley began rehearsals over the weekend. She is a popular magazine-cover subject and is well known for TV appearances. She also hosted the online series “Best Ink Redemption” and owns and operates Bombshell Tattoo Removal, a laser tattoo removal business in Carey Hart’s Hart and Huntington tattoo shop at the Hard Rock Hotel.
It is virtually impossible to be anywhere in Las Vegas and miss the Stratosphere. It towers 1,149 feet above Las Vegas and is the tallest observation tower in the United States. The casino itself is 55,784 square feet and contains 950 slot machines, 120 game tables and 2,427 hotel rooms.
Of the hotel's 2,427 rooms, 909 were recently remodeled into Stratosphere Select rooms.
The Stratosphere is mostly known for its rides at the top of the tower. The Big Shot, located at the 113th floor, torpedoes riders up 160 feet using compressed air. X-Scream is a teeter-totter perched at the top of the observation deck — if that wasn't scary enough, the coaster arm flings the riders out 27 feet over the edge of the tower. Guests looking for something more sedate can just hang around the 107th floor and simply look at the scenery.