We’ve seen Housewives launch music “careers” and various products from alcohol to cookbooks to accessories, we’ve also watched Housewives make cameos on scripted sitcoms and participate in various reality competition shows. What we have yet to see, however, even from the prolifically talented Ms. NeNe Leakes, is a foray into a sexy, live, acrobatic stage performance of the largest scale–that is, until now. Having starred in the short-lived The New Normal and made repeat appearances on Glee, as well as competing on Celebrity Apprentice, currently Cha-Cha-ing her way through the early weeks of Dancing With The Stars, and working toward launching a new full-figured clothing line, NeNe represents the epitome of Housewives side project success. And it appears she’s not stopping there. In what may be the most unique side gig in Housewives franchise history, NeNe Leakes announced recently that she will be joining the cast of Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity in Las Vegas.
NeNe will play the Mistress of Sensuality in the popular Cirque du Soleil show. Zumanity is a resident cabaret-style show at the New York, New York Casino & Hotel on the Las Vegas strip. It was the first adult-themed Cirque du Soleil show and is centered around erotic dance, song and acrobatics. NeNe will not be participating in any of the show’s acrobatics nor will she be stripping down. I haven’t seen the show myself but from what I can gather, the Mistress of Sensuality is essentially the show’s MC/host. The show’s website describes the role:
Part showgirl, part cabaret queen, Mistress of Sensuality Edie plays hostess to your every fantasy. As the sun sets and desires come alive, Edie uses her signature blend of sass and sensuality to guide the audience through the erotic escapades that make up the world of Zumanity.
Previously, this role was played by a male actor in drag:
It looks like NeNe won’t be putting him out of of a job for very long, though. NeNe is set to star in the show’s special production to celebrate Zumanity’s 10-year anniverary which will run 10 gigs in late June and early July.
“I am so excited to be starring in Zumanity,” NeNe said of her new role in a press release. “The show is absolutely fabulous and the cast members are so talented! I can’t wait to be in the sexiest show on The Strip and perform on a Cirque du Soleil stage!”
Not only is this a first for the Housewives franchise, NeNe’s appearance will mark a first for Cirque du Soleil, too! This will be the first time they’ve incorporated a celebrity into one of its shows EVER in their 30 year history!
If you want to catch NeNe in Zumanity head to ticketmaster and book your tickets for one of her June 27-July 1 shows!