Historical Society presentation focuses on showgirl costumes

Historical Society presentation focuses on showgirl costumes

It’s been 28 years since “Hello Hollywood Hello” graced what was then the world’s biggest stage at what is now the Grand Sierra Resort.

Karen Low resDuring its 11-year-run at the then-MGM Grand, from 1978-1989, the production was viewed by close to 7 million people. It featured a cast of more than 100, many of them showgirls dressed in elaborate costumes.

While the show lives only in memories, videos and photographs, many of the costumes remain – and are still being used – thanks to Reno’s Karen Burns, who is the subject of this month’s “High Noon Shootout with Neal Cobb” at the Nevada Historical Society.

The event is June 15 at noon and includes a showing of Burns’ appearance on the television program “Old Tales of Nevada,” followed by a question-and-answer period with Burns.

A former dancer in the production, Burns has amassed a collection of more than 1,200 authentic costumes from the stage show. The showgirls are still a familiar sight at special events in Reno and the region.

Admission is $5 for adults; free for children 17 and younger and for Nevada Historical Society members. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early as seating is limited. For details, call 688-1190.

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