Monday, April 29, 2013 | 1:29 p.m.
2011 Playboy Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair is promising timeless glamour from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s when her new show “Pin Up” celebrates its official grand opening tonight at the Stratosphere.
“It’s our modern version of a vintage era where red lips, corsets and garter stockings graced the most beautiful of women,” said the 21-year-old brunette bombshell who also is a face and body of the Las Vegas-based vintage fashion line Bettie Page.
Claire says unless there’s a “nip slip,” you won’t be seeing her naked. “It will actually be hotter and sexier, though,” Claire told me. “I have no problems posing nude. If you have a beautiful body, you can show it. Here, though, in ‘Pin Up,’ we leave a little to the imagination, and it’s actually a lot sexier than just throwing it in your face.
“I’m not against boobs, so don’t get me wrong! But when you have them on display the entire time, it gets to be a little of the same. Our aim is to keep you well focused on the female form in many ways rather than the same boobs. The costumes are very revealing and sexy, and I love that it’s hotter that way.”
They also accentuate that hour-glass figure of a tiny waist and a blossoming booty, of which she is a fan: “It’s going to be va-va-voom, a Betty Boop character as we turn the pages of the calendar through the years.”
Show producer Drew DiCostanzo has changed singers and dancers since previews began two months ago as he fine-tuned the production. There’s no sign of “Dancing With the Stars” pro dancer Lacey Schwimmer, who was involved with its original choreography. Musical composer Dave Perrico remains intact, leading his band and horn section, with Brian Czach on drums, Jozef Bobula on bass, Richard Taylor on guitar, Andrew Friedlander on sax and Steve Meyer on trombone.
In all, there are 22 routines in the show, three with Stratosphere headliner singer-songwriter and musician Frankie Moreno’s original tunes, plus, a triple finale with “Calendar Girl,” “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Teenage Dream,” thus fulfilling every young man’s fantasy. Anne Martinez is the vocalist, while Ryan Kelsey leads dancers Sarah Short, Kortee Kurkowski, Megan Kovitch and Bonnie Parish.
Expect to see Claire’s Playboy pals Holly Madison, now shooting “Holly’s Baby” for E! Entertainment, and models Kayla Collins and Angela Riccio. Also expected on the red carpet tonight: Melody Sweets (“Absinthe”), Tara Palsha (“Vegas! The Show”), Maren Wade (“iCandy”), burlesque legend Tempest Storm and “Top Chef Seattle” cheftestant Carla Pellegrino (Meatball Spot and Bratalian).
The expected Las Vegas star turnout also includes Taylor Hicks, Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie, Mac King, Murray Sawchuck, Ricardo Laguna, members of Frankie Moreno’s band and cast members of “Jersey Boys,” Chippendales, “Counting Cars” from The History Channel, Recycled Percussion, “Raiding the Rock Vault,” “Evil Dead” and “Rock of Ages.”
“Pin Up” is a dream come true for Claire starring in her own show as a Strip headliner after two engagements baring her breasts in the now-closed “Crazy Horse Paris” at MGM Grand.
She summed up: “I want to focus on my show. This show is my boyfriend right now. That is my No. 1 priority in life, to make it a success. I’m not thinking of anybody else; no dating!”
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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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.