'La Cage' impersonators revue closes in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The final curtain has fallen on the long-running Las Vegas female impersonators revue "An Evening at La Cage."

Headliner Frank Marino and the rest of the cast were informed after Monday's performance that the show was closing immediately, ending a nearly 24-year run.

Producer Norbert Aleman says that he is negotiating for a TV show and hopes to reopen the show that features Marino as Joan Rivers.

Riviera Hotel & Casino President Robert Vannucci says he "understands the economic pressures forcing the situation" and says the hotel hopes to announce a new show soon.

"La Cage" opened in September 1985 and became the fourth longest-running show on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Tropicana's topless revue, "Les Folies Bergere" announced last month that it was closing March 28 after 49 years to make room for an undisclosed new production.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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