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It’s girls’ night out as Claire Sinclair goes rogue in ‘Pin Up’


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The grand opening and red carpet of “Pin Up” starring Claire Sinclair at the Stratosphere on Monday, April 29, 2013.

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The Kats Report Podcast

'Pin Up' with Claire Sinclair

Kats and the Dish talk to Claire Sinclair, the star of the new “Pin Up” at the Stratosphere.

Over the weekend, Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosted Electric Daisy Carnival.

Meanwhile, Stratosphere hosted Electric Pasty Carnival.

Curvaceous pinup star Claire Sinclair went off-script in the hotel’s production show “Pin Up” on Friday night, pulling open her top at the end of the show’s Asian-themed number to reveal red pasties and tassels.

You might be asking, “Where is the news, Sherlock?” Granted, it seems not a significant event for a Playboy Playmate of the Year starring in a late-night, burlesque-themed show in Vegas to expose herself in such a way.

Except, Sinclair is not supposed to do that. Bad girl! Bad!

“Pin Up” is a totally covered production. So the show’s star and emcee went rogue, in rouge, in a direct affront to the show’s tightly constructed script. Sinclair has long bemoaned the looks of disappointment on the faces of audience members, primarily the guys who are expecting a sexier version of the starlet than the one of her striding around the stage in a bustier or bathing suit. She has repeatedly, in evident frustration, talked of hearing “crickets” at the end of the Asian number.

There were no crickets Friday. The crowd boomed at Sinclair’s improvised wardrobe adjustment.

This was not an ordinary night for the 10:30 p.m. production, either. Many audience members had been organized by Yelp to meet at the show.

That meant Sinclair timed her top pop on the one night when Yelp reviewers would doubtless be peppering the Internet with snapshot reviews. They followed through, and as one Yelper noted, “Despite her obvious beauty and perfect skin, she exuded wholesomeness like the girl next door — except for one startling moment when a top was removed to reveal bright red pasties with tassels.”

Startling! Startling, I tell you!

Fan and media reviews of “Pin Up” have noted the somewhat curious decision to cast a Playmate of the Year in a late-night adult show and not play more adventurously to her obvious physical appeal. Sinclair clearly wants to “go there,” even as the producers remain reluctant to take on a more revealing adult theme.

Sinclair has not yet been available for comment, but it is not expected she will repeat that type of off-the-grid move without proper authorization. As for the hotel, it’s a funny-if-distracting moment in a show that continues to switch around its lineup (dance captain Sarah Short has departed for the new Veronic production at Bally’s, and vocalist Savannah Smith is debuting this week as a swing for Anne Martinez).

Matt Mascali, Stratosphere's vice president of entertainment, did his best to brush off the incident, referring to it as “no big deal.” No argument there. It was actually two big deals. We can only applaud Sinclair’s chutzpah and hope one day that the crickets will be gone for good.

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