The Erotic Heritage Museum will play host to local burlesque duo The Roommatez’ newest variety show, “GODDESS,” Thursday, November 8. The show, which will feature four acts and a friendly stage kitty, will be hosted by Las Vegas burlesque icon Miss Miranda Glamour and will start at 10pm inside the EHM’s Jewel Box Theatre.
Hailing from California’s Bay Area, The Roommatez — Elyse Elaine and Ashleyy Secret — are, in fact, actually roommates.
Elaine’s background in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Portland burlesque scenes includes being a featured performer in the Hubba Hubba Revue, the Fishnet Follies and Red Hots Burlesque, as well as a core member of the Bay Area Sideshow Crew. The resident choreographer for the Bay Area Flash Mob and Iconic Dance Collective, Elaine was co-producer for the extremely popular “Womanopoly” show and held an 18-month residency at Supperclub San Francisco.
Secret was introduced to the burlesque scene six years ago when she attended a “Womanopoly” show and met Elaine. A natural dancer since fourth grade with a love of stage and theatre, the Bay Area sweetheart brings a breath of fresh air to the art of burlesque. Debuting as “GODDESS”’s stage kitten, Secret’s real secret will only be revealed to those attending the show.
“Ashleyy and I are so excited to show you all what we’ve been working on!” Elaine said. “We have learned so much in the process and look forward to the growth and evolution of ‘GODDESS.’ We had no idea what we were truly getting ourselves into, and we have enjoyed every minute of this amazing rollercoaster ride! Ashleyy and I are so proud of this project, and we are anxiously awaiting showtime.”
Since moving to Sin City with the specific goal of producing a show to shine the light on POC entertainers, The Roommatez have tested their formula, researched both the Vegas scene as well as performers nationwide and have curated a variety show which gives performing artists of color a safe space to explore, create and discuss all aspects of sexuality and body positivity.
“The culture of sexuality is represented in so many ways – gender, race, sexual preference, and so much more – and live entertainment is one of the most delightful ways to experience that diversity,” a Museum representative stated.
“Burlesque, its history and its many varied versions, are a big part of Las Vegas’ story. Ashley and Elyse have curated a fantastic showcase of burlesque performers of color, and we are thrilled to host The Roommatez’ show in our space,” they continued. “We look forward to seeing everyone attend and be entertained while showing their support for the local entertainment community and, in particular, people of color.”
“This show is going to be an experience like no other,” Secret added. “It’s interactive, fun, intimate, entertaining, inappropriate… the list goes on and on. Definitely come check it out for yourself. I can only describe it so much. This will be a show you would want to see live and in person!”