Q&A: Angela Stabile
Stabile Productions has created nothing short of a showbiz dynasty on the Las Vegas Strip. The family-run operation anchored by Matt and Angela Stabile produces “X” Burlesque and Piff the Magic Dragon at Flamingo, “X” Country and Madcap Comedy starring John Caparulo at Harrah’s and “X” Rocks at Bally’s, displaying not only creative savvy but also a willingness to branch out into different styles of entertainment. On the occasion of the 17th anniversary of her original show, “X” Burlesque, Angela Stabile was a recent guest on the All The Vegas podcast to look back at her career as a dancer and her evolution as a producer.
Congratulations on 17 years of “X” Burlesque. There are very few Las Vegas shows that have been around this long.
We’re really excited. There’s another called Crazy Girls that I was in before I became a producer and it’s kind of the first show of its kind, and it’s still around, and then came Fantasy after that. We haven’t been here as long as those.
Right. Even though this genre has been consistently popular, only the strong survive.
I think people these days feel they might not go to see topless dancers, but in Las Vegas, with the level of production we have on the Strip, they feel more like they have the license to do so.
You first came to Las Vegas in 1985 and started dancing in Minsky’s Burlesque at the Hacienda. How different was the Strip and the city back then?
Well, earlier I came to Las Vegas with my parents for a vacation and saw the Moulin Rouge musical with Suzanne Somers and just remember watching the dancers and thinking, “Wow, that looks fun-filled and amazing.” Then I came back and auditioned for Minsky’s and got the job and I’ve been here ever since. I absolutely loved it. Of course, it’s grown so much and it’s so different than it was, but on the other hand, in (some ways) it’s the same. I really loved the dance community then and just the excitement of everything.
When did you decide to transition from performer to producer?
I had started to plan for that maybe halfway through my career in Crazy Girls, and I was there for 10 years. I learned a lot and saw what worked and what I thought didn’t work, but after I retired I started writing a book called Secrets of a Las Vegas Showgirl. I didn’t like how it turned out so I put it on the back burner and decided to move forward and produce my own show.
Years ago, you created Men of X, a male revue. Any interest in reviving that show?
Definitely. We have all of our shows at Caesars properties and so there’s a noncompete with Chippendales (at the Rio), so we can’t do Men of X at these properties. But we did tour it and we’ll do it as one-off shows at (out-of-market) casinos if requested. We would love to do it somewhere else in Las Vegas.
When you say “we,” you’re talking about your company, which is also your family. What’s it like to be working so closely with your loved ones?
It’s nice to have my entire family in show business. My son Frank Sidoris is the guitar player with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators and he’s on tour right now. He grew up here and played in local bands. So the kids really grew up around it and they love Las Vegas and entertainment, so it worked out well.