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In the Indian ‘section’ dancers performed Bollywood-style to Jai Ho (You are my Destiny), the track made famous by Slumdog Millionaire, a song that seems made for Rosana’s dancers, all sass and joyous energy.Anna, 39, is the star of the show (playing both ‘J-Lo’ and ‘Marilyn Monroe’), and has been performing since she was 18. Money – that comes second.” Anna, who Mr Atth describes as chief actor and actress, has been helping the Khmer dancers who were largely inexperienced when they came to Rosana.There was some humour with a chubby, Japanese-style geisha act who wiggled her way into the whooping audience, much to the delight of one gentleman who planted a kiss on her cheek.

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The newly-built theatre seats 900, and boasts plush, reclining cinema-style seats and a state of the art sound system. Having only been to small UK drag-shows before, I was expecting something risqué – lots of innuendo and comedy drag queens.

But I was blown away by the professionalism, variety and stunning costumes.

Of the 90 performers, 75 are Khmer and 25 Thai, making Rosana quite possibly the biggest employer of ladyboys in the Kingdom.

In addition to the dancers, Mr Atth employs 60 staff including office workers, backstage crew and costumiers, making 150 staff altogether.

Last week I had one of my favourite songs, Franki Valli’s Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, gloriously belted out to me on a stage, by a six-foot blonde. This was rehearsal night for Rosana Broadway, the new ninety-strong ladyboy cabaret extravaganza just opened in Siem Reap.

She was accompanied by a troupe of Vegas-style lovelies with pink ostrich feather headdresses, on an extravagant set featuring a giant shimmering heart. Following its soft opening on Monday, Rosana opens its doors to the paying public from September 16.

That said, of course it is still possible to meet some sexy transgenders .

Because otherwise the only types of Khmer ladyboys you will find may be the ugly freelancers on the river promenade.

Houn Syporn knew she wanted to be lady from the age of five. Her mother was worried but Syporn knew what he wanted.

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