Had some feisty fun at the official opening night of Channing Tatum's Magic Mike Live last night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino here in Las Vegas.
Channing Tatum and wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, were in attendance having a great time. After the show, Tatum shared a few words with the packed venue, thanking the crowd and friends and family in attendance for joining the cast and creative team for their highly-anticipated opening night performance.
Lots of quick, slick and athletic moves from the good looking MML men. Very much in the same vein as the numbers in the two Magic Mike movies.
From the press release:
Conceived by Channing Tatum and co-directed by Tatum and film franchise choreographer Alison Faulk, the show features sexy and daring themed dance and strip routines punctuated by one of a kind acts from a wildly diverse cast of performers.
There's been some talk of Magic Mike Live "reinventing" the male revue, which I'm not so sure is completely accurate.
For the folks who've taken to comparing the new show with long running Chippendales or Thunder from Down Under, I would say this just a different "flavor" of male revue.
Comparing this new show to the other long-running strip shows is kind of like comparing Broadway's Hamilton, Spring Awakening and Chicago the Musical. All have their own "edge," and all won a lot of awards.
Having seen all three of the shows, I can tell you this - no one leaves any of them not having had a great time :)
Magic Mike Live is definitely fun, high energy. Less skin than you see in other shows; lots of shirtless guys dancing in jeans. If you're looking for a bit more "exposure" than that, you might want to check out the other shows.
The only misstep for me is the hostess for the evening. She's lovely and fun, and acts as a narrative device. But it seems like we see a lot of her. And her talking to the audience goes on a bit long. I'd just edit a bit.
Check out some video below I took along with pics by Erik Kabik (ErikKabik.com).
Welcome to Las Vegas, Magic Mike Live! Lots of room for everyone!
|Cast of MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS Performs at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino|
|Jackson Williams Performs 'air seduction' in MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS|
|Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum Attend Opening Night of MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS|
|Requisite poorly lit selfie with hubby Michael and Channing Tatum|