Menu for Sammy Lee's Show Room, advertising 'Sammy Lee's World Famous All Male Revue', made around 1970. This was one of the earliest official drag performance staged in Melbourne and the troop's arrival caused a sensation. Because the performers were officially classified as male, they required police permits to appear in female attire while travelling to the show, and were forbidden to 'be on the street' dressed as women.

Run by the affable Sammy Lee, his 'Les Girls' troop was often Melbournians' first live exposure to cross dressing and the whole concept of homosexuality. The menu reflects the air of sophistication that Les Girl tried to evoke, and includes a range of cocktails, top shelf spirits and `imported' champagne.

Sammy Lee was a night club and restaurant owner. He established Les Girls Restaurant at Kings Cross in Sydney in the 1960s. The troop toured to Melbourne in 1970s where they performed at the Ritz in St Kilda.

Physical Description

Thin card menu folded into three sections with a large black and white image of show girls printed on the front.

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