‘Chippendales’ has a little something-something for everyone
The lights go down, the music crescendos and two guys wearing all black slide across the stage. Two more follow. The lighting is still dim, but as the surroundings get brighter, it’s a bevy of men, 10 in all, wearing identical black sleeveless hoodies. Their names are announced, and they step into the spotlight and unzip those hoodies to show off chiseled six-pack abs and astounding good looks.
This is Chippendales The Show.
Sit back before the show starts to watch videos of photo shoots to pick out your favorite. Maybe it’s Ryan Stuart, the first Australian in the 36-year history of the show who takes over emcee duties once in a while. Perhaps it’s Sami Eskelin (pictured), the five-year veteran from Lohja, Finland, who does things to a pillow on a bed that might make you blush. Could be James Davis, who starred on season 21 of The Amazing Race with Chippendales cohort Jaymes Vaughan.
Whoever you choose, there’s a man for you, providing that perfect fantasy seven nights a week at the Rio.
Bachelorettes, divorcées and single ladies squeal as the fast-paced show gets under way. Stuart, who starred in seven Broadway-worthy shows in Melbourne before coming to Las Vegas and joining Chippendales, shows off his rapping and hip-shaking skills right off the bat with Jennifer Lopez’s “Booty.” The first of many white tank tops gets ripped off and thrown into the audience.
Does your fantasy involve construction workers? Chippendales has you (un)covered. Fluorescent orange sledgehammers and welding tools shooting off sparks never looked so sexy. Cowboys? They’ll wrap a lady up in a rope to Big & Rich’s “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).” The military? Firefighters with hoses? Fantasy realized.
Chippendales is all about audience participation, and on this particular night it starts with a bride-to-be. She’s brought onstage as Eskelin does a reverse strip, letting her see his nearly naked self before dressing him. (Beverly Hills 90210 actress Jennie Garth once told the audience what huge assets he had when she was positioned in front of him.)
Then it’s on to Chipp Shot, a Dating Game-type game show where three ladies in the audience vie for a chance to date a Chippendale. Stuart bravely lets the participants show off their best lap dance moves, favorite position and condom unwrapping skills. One bachelorette donning a bride-to-be sash seems disappointed she can’t take Stuart home with her.
But that’s not what Chippendales is about. “The show is for everyone 18 to 100. We make sure the girls have a good time and let out their wild spirit,” says Davis, who is now one of the voices on the new online show The Walking Dead Untold.
“When I first came over here, I thought, ‘This is a proper male revue show,’” Stuart says. “I’d never seen the show before. I saw the theater, the Flirt Lounge, and it’s legit.
This is a full production with live shows every night. You look at the history and the formula, and it works. We have every genre of fantasy.”
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