Q&A w/Matt & Angela Stabile—The team behind the “X” in #Vegas! PHOTO GALLERY

Stabile X Girls

When it comes to a real showbiz family, Matt and Angela Stabile have the history, experience and tenacity to define what it means to live the showbiz life.  Angela grew up in Charleston, West Virginia–about as far as one can get from the traditional showbiz life.  She has been dancing since the age of 5, and once in her 20’s she made the leap to Las Vegas where she auditioned for Minsky’s Burlesque. This was the start of her long Vegas career which included contracts with Lido De Paris at the Stardust Hotel and 10 years at the legendary Crazy Girls at the Riviera Hotel & Casino.

Although not a native Las Vegan, Matt has been in town since the age of 12. His mother married Jerry Lewis’ manager and so he grew up in and around the entertainment industry. Earning a music scholarship from University of Nevada Las Vegas, Matt worked for 20th Century Fox Films Studio and continued his education at Los Angeles School of Television and Theatrical Production.

Producers Matt & Angela Stabile

Matt & Angela Stabile on their houseboat on Lake Mead.

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Their experience both on stage and behind-the-scenes is the foundation for their success as producers. We asked Matt and Angela about their experience producing in Vegas – from their first production to their upcoming show X Country opening at Harrah’s Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

VEGAS REPORT:
Tell us about the first time you embarked on a new show as a first­ time producer? Concerns, issues, worries, excitement, etc?

ANGELA:
In May of 2002, I decided to produce my own show after seeing the Broadway play The Producers in New York. I called Paul Lowden, who had been the president of the Hacienda and asked him for advice. He said put together a team, prepare a presentation and pitch your ideas. I did just that! I went to the Palms first, they were very interested but really didn’t have a proper venue. A friend of mine at the time mentioned Carmen Electra had backed out of doing a show at the then Aladdin Hotel. I pitched my show and opened “X” An Erotic Adventure in late November 2002 (which just so happens we are opening X country at Harrahs on November 22). The Aladdin hired Stabile Productions to shoot our commercial in October of 2002. This is when I met the love of my life, my husband Matt. We’ve been together ever since, producing shows together. Really, I had no issues or worries – the first time producing was a dream come true. All I can say is,”thank you God!”

VEGAS REPORT:
Tell us about the biggest challenges you face with producing an independent show in Vegas?

MATT & ANGELA:
Nowadays producers really need to figure out quickly what works and doesn’t, especially concerning advertising/marketing. You see all these first-time producers come to town, spend big money advertising in anything and everything and fail to produce a quality show which ends up with the brokers not selling it and failure.

VEGAS REPORT:
Tell us about casting­—what you look for, how you cast, the process of choosing your cast.

MATT & ANGELA:
For X Girls­, they need to be sexy and dance sexy and really just have “it!” They also need to have a good attitude. It’s not easy finding girls that do have it all! For comedians, they need to make us laugh! We have a rule that we have to see them in person before hiring them. You cannot hire a comic off of a video!

VEGAS REPORT:
For your adult shows­ what is the ideal setting? Stage size, audience size, lighting setup, location, time, etc.

MATT & ANGELA:
For sexy topless revues, the ideal venue is an intimate theater, 150 to 300 is perfect! We have always brought in additional lighting to each venue. All of Stabile Productions Inc. shows are of the highest overall quality production in their category.

VEGAS REPORT:
Tell us about your upcoming show X Country? How did this contract come about?

MATT & ANGELA:
We have X Burlesque, X Rocks, X Comedy, X Burlesque University, and now X Country! We want to ‘X-pand’ the brand if you will. Caesars Entertainment approached us to do a country-themed show so we came up with X Country, a perfect fit for Harrah’s Resort. Country is more popular now than ever. All of our X shows, while similar in that they’re sexy topless revues, they are all different. You’ll never see any prop, set, dance or song the same. We update all of shows every year as well and always try to out­do ourselves from the previous year. X Country is going to be a super fun show! Ya’ll make sure you see it! 🙂

VEGAS REPORT:
Does producing get easier now that you have several shows under your belt? Or does having a show in a different hotel/theater make it a completely new experience?

MATT & ANGELA:
Yes, there is no question producing gets easier the longer you do it like anything would. Of course, every hotel/venue/deal is different. We’ve learned alot since November 2002. We made and make mistakes but we learn from them and thank God and keep moving forward.

VEGAS REPORT:
Of all the choices/decisions you’ve made in producing shows, would you change anything?

MATT & ANGELA:
Again, we’ve learned so much from making mistakes I don’t think we would change anything. I’m sure I could pass the NV state bar by now!

VEGAS REPORT:
What insight or suggestions would you give to someone looking to follow the road you’ve taken to success?

MATT & ANGELA:
Try to be original and not copy exact music, exact ideas, etc.. There’s noting new under the sun; however, you can take an idea and put your own distinctive twist on it. Come up with something new!

VEGAS REPORT:
Favorite show in Las Vegas is _________?

MATT & ANGELA:
Britney Spears. It’s an amazing production! It has awesome projection mapping and one of the best sound systems in the world. Also, Michael Jackson One by Cirque du Soleil.

VEGAS REPORT:
What’s your favorite after-hours hangout with friends/fellow performers?

MATT & ANGELA:
Our house for parties, Piero’s Italian Bistro, Remedies, our houseboat at Lake Mead!

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