NEW YORK -- In the opening minutes of her opening night, Marla Maples rose slowly from the orchestra pit, a Venus rising on hydraulic lift, and shimmered in gold cowboy boots, gold hot pants, gold cowboy hat and gold hair.
As applause rippled around her, Ms. Maples sang, twirled a giant branding iron, strutted and skipped across the stage, smiled and wiggled her nearly naked behind. She didn't trip, and she dropped neither the iron nor a note.
"Her pants are too tight," Harrison J. Goldin, whispered to his wife, Diana.
"That's the idea," she replied.
Mr. Goldin, the former city comptroller and a financial consultant who has advised some of Donald Trump's creditors, was one of some 300 friends and business associates who Monday night accepted the real-estate developer's invitation to attend the stage debut of his fiancee in "The Will Rogers Follies."