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Remember the Age of the Showgirl? You can by perusing these Las Vegas exhibits

Remember the Age of the Showgirl? You can by perusing these Las Vegas exhibits
Dancers from the long-running Folies Bergere perform a musical number at the Tropicana in 1975. Using photos, costumes and personal remembrances, two new exhibits capture the essence of a bygone era. (Las Vegas News Bureau)

Yes, you still cancan enjoy the glory of the showgirl era in Las Vegas. The two major theatrical productions that showcased beautiful (and topless) dancers have closed, but their legacy lives on.

Two groups that gather Las Vegas history have collaborated to present "Les Folies Bergere: Entertaining Las Vegas, One Rhinestone at a Time," celebrating the show that ran almost 50 years.

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The era is being remembered in displays at two locations: the Nevada State Museum Las Vegas (309 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas) and the Las Vegas Convention Center (3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas).

The show of showgirls ran almost 50 years.

Folies Bergere opened at the Tropicana in December 1959, replete with classic Parisian dance numbers, including the colorful cancan. It closed in March 2009, just nine months shy of what would have been its 50th anniversary.

Las Vegas' other long-running showgirl extravaganza, "Jubilee!", closed in February after 34 years at Bally's.

A Folies Bergere showgirl applies makeup before a 1970 performance. The revue ran for nearly 50 years at the Tropicana.
A Folies Bergere showgirl applies makeup before a 1970 performance. The revue ran for nearly 50 years at the Tropicana. (Las Vegas News Bureau)

The fantasy and glamour of the Folies are brought to life through costumes, photographs and personal narratives from the cast and crew. The exhibits include material from the archives of the Las Vegas News Bureau and the Nevada State Museum Las Vegas.

You can see the content through Jan. 15 at the museum and the convention center. Museum tickets ($19.95) include admission to the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, an often-overlooked attraction that is educational and fun.

The exhibit is free at the convention center. To avoid paying for parking, consider taking the Las Vegas Monorail, which stops right outside the main hall. Single journeys cost $5, while a 24-hour pass is priced at $12.

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