Classic cars, pinup girls, retro-burlesque and pole champions! A 1955-1965 styled company of cheeky, kustom kulture women and the hot rods they love.

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Nov 8 DEBUT Audience Pinup Pics


Nov 22, 2014 News 0 Comments

We think we have the most stunning audience around and these pinup photos prove it!  Audience members Shabnam Islam and Mary Caryl’s posed for our on-site Pinup Photo Shoot with  #pinuppoleshow  photographer Marisa Leigh.  #Pinup Photo Shoot packages are available at every show for audience embers at just $25 through pre-sale:

Look at our gorgeous pinup audience members!










Building Set and Props


Oct 28, 2014 News 0 Comments

I went out of state for performances with The Lalas this weekend and came back to my living room turned into a construction workshop!  Sure, I can’t sit down and enjoy a movie on the tv now, but honestly, who has time to do that anyway – I’m working 25 hours/day to see Tonya Kay’s Pinup Pole Show dream come true.

I have to say, when I saw the craftsmanship and materials of these set pieces, the show blossomed to life before my very eyes.  The magical hands of designer/builder Teddy Yonenaka are creating a set that will set this show apart.  You see here:  a performance riser for our contortionist, Brynn Route.  You see a giant changing screen for my grand finale solo.  You don’t see the start of a jukebox, but it’s also in my living room – it will really light up on queue!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Teddy Yonenaka, for your devotion, vision and hard work!




I’m no contortionist, but cast member Brynn Route is.  Imagine her working on this and not me, okay?

So, these materials are solid and sturdy and will last the lifetime of the show.  But they are more expensive than I had originally budgeted.  If you can contribute an additional Go For The Gold set building $10 to our IndieGoGo fund, even that would help!  I can’t wait to send my next update to you!


New Promo Reel


Oct 23, 2014 News 0 Comments

Here’s a little morning nostalgia for you.  I’m thinking often about a full-length musical show I wrote, directed and produced in Michigan a very long time ago.  The show was called Xtreme Rhythm Theatre and it was an astounding success!  I had THIRTY talented young performers, created all the musical material from scratch and we literally SOLD OUT every show.  I’m talking standing-room-only.   I think about that show a lot lately.  How hard it was, but how rewarding.  The Theatre For Youth co-produced and well, my amazing mom was on the Theatre For Youth board and really, the show’s champion.  What I wouldn’t give to have my mommy producing Tonya Kay’s Pinup Pole Show with me in Los Angeles today!

Mom, I need your expertise!  Mom!

I’m gonna show mom I can do it and she taught me well.

Here is our first promo reel, edited by filmmaker and fellow vegan Gene Blalock.  This promo really captures the essence of my vision for the production and I can’t wait to photograph and film our debut so instead of featuring vintage icons, I can feature the also-iconic stars’ of Tonya Kay’s Pinup Pole Show performances!



Frustration Becomes Art


Oct 11, 2014 News 2 Comments


 Support our classic car, dangerous dame and pinup pole show vision at IndieGoGo – PLEEEEEESE!

Classic cars, pole dance and pinup styling – everything I love in one live event!

You all know I’ve been a career performer for the past 25 years.  And I do it all.  About three years ago I started pole dancing and fell in love!  It’s ATHLETICALLY DIFFICULT, it’s BREATHTAKING, it’s EXOTIC.  So I pitched it for performance, as I do with any skill I learn anew and I ended up being really frustrated placing it.  Venues and clients didn’t seem to value it as they do other aerial arts, circus arts, burlesque or dance.  Pole was next to impossible to get a professional rate for, even though it’s one of the most difficult skill sets I practice!  So I decided to produce a live show myself.  Where I can give pole dancers the stage, as they deserve, with a ticket-purchasing audience in a classy venue.

But of course I can’t stop at a show – this must be an EVENT!  Something unique which – you guessed it – combines everything I love.  So the evening starts with a FREE classic car cruise-in, moves inside for pinup photo shoots, vintage styling and nostalgia films and culminates in a sassy, hilarious, spectacular pole show with burlesque sensibilities!

Platinum Stages has sponsored a 16′ competition height pole installed at The Federal Bar, NoHo.  We are raising funds to cover pre-production costs like prop building, costumes, marketing and rehearsal space now.  Please support our  vision and check out what we’re up to at IndieGoGo.  And purchase tickets to our Nov 8th debut to see for yourself what all the vintage fun is!




We’re Classy


Jul 29, 2014 News 0 Comments

We’re proud to announce the classy, North Hollywood venue that is home to Tonya Kay’s Pinup Pole Show – The Federal!   With featured parking for our classic cars in front of the venue on Lankershim in the happenin NoHo Arts District or in the connected private lot – we’ve got cruise-in space.  We’ll be performing and hosting our pinup photoshoots, vintage styling chair and nostalgia merch in the upstairs speakeasy, complete with full theatre, competition height poles, video screens, vaulted ceiling and four-top tables serving impeccable dinner (with vegan options) and top shelf drinks before the show.  Wear your dapper retro attire and show off your tattoos and your pinup style in our Best Dressed and Best Tattoo Awards.  Best Cars will be awarded prizes, too.  Cars, dolls, competition height poles – welcome to The Federal!