JohnnyQ
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April 3rd, 2015 at 7:56:45 PM permalink
Review of JUBILEE at BALLY's, April 2015
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It would be nice to see a classic Vegas show like Jubilee continue to succeed (it opened in 1981). It's an over the top, topless (the 9:30 show), big stage production with lots of singing and dancing and a ton of gorgeous showgirls. So what's not to love ? Unfortunately, the answer to that is quite a few things.

The singing is good. The dancing is good. The showgirl costumes are good and certainly elaborate.

But each big dance number sounds and feels interchangeable with the one before and the one after it. The song selections are also not well-known to the average ticket holder, so that opportunity to connect and engage with the audience is lost. Irving Berlin's "Puttin' on the Ritz" is the lone exception, made famous and part of our culture thanks to the hilarious Mel Brooks send-up in the 1974 Young Frankenstein movie and slightly more recently, Taco's one hit wonder back in 1983 during MTV's hey-day.

Serving that song straight-up didn't quite connect. Close (at least closer than the other numbers), but no cigar.

In fact, the only rousing and sustained applause during the entire show was generated by the lone variety act about 1/2 hour in. The Scott brothers, semi-finalists in NBC's 2012 season of America's Got Talent, delivered a very cool synchronized-robotic dance sequence that the audience loved. And then their ~10 minute segment was done and they were gone, so any momentum they generated was quickly lost with the very next song and dance number.

The official Caesar's website for Jubilee HERE has this to say:

"Nearly 100 showgirls and showboys kick, dance, sing and shimmy their way through 95 minutes of continuous over-the-top numbers like the sinking of the Titanic, and Samson and Delilah."

But judging from the comments I overheard when the show finally wrapped up after a duration of 80 tedious minutes, I was not the only one who was more than ready to leave. On the way out, it occurred to me that it was a good thing that they didn't have an intermission, because I think a significant portion of the audience would not have returned for the 2nd half. And this is even with a dozen or more beautiful topless showgirls parading around for a good portion of the show.

I hope someone takes some steps to save the show before the writing on the wall is in permanent ink. Afterall, the performers do a good job doing what they have been told to do. I think adding a couple of additional variety acts would go a long way to holding the audience's attention and interest. And there have to be a ton of those available in Vegas.

Another approach would be to play up the history and longevity of the show itself. Perhaps add an Emcee or Narrator to provide some historical background on the show or interesting in-side stories, and include some photos through the years projected onto a large screen.

Other show opinions (although the reference to Miss Jubilee in the first review below was NOT in the show I just saw):

http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/entertainment/jubilee-reboot-strange-generic
- 2014

http://wizardofvegas.com/shows/jubilee/
- 2009
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GWAE
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April 3rd, 2015 at 8:14:36 PM permalink
We saw it in 2010. Wife wanted to see it and I didn't but the top less tilted the vote to go. at first it was like wow look at all the boobs. Then about 90 Seconds later we were both ready for it to end.

They do a behind the scenes tour that we wanted to do but didn't have time. I would still be interested in doing that.
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April 3rd, 2015 at 11:04:20 PM permalink
I saw this show in 1980 or '81 and it was the best show in Vegas in my opinion. And I saw just about all of them back then. I love dancing, and Jubille was an extravaganza, the quintessential Vegas show. Maybe it has lost its edge over the years, or maybe styles change.

I don't think I'd be much interested in any of the Cirque shows. Gymnastic moves, contortionists and special effects just don't impress me much. And I don't want to look at characters with other-wordly looks on their faces trying to look like they walk on all fours.

I have only been to one Vegas show in 25 years. It was Scintas at the Rio in '02. Great Show!

Just give me a good lounge act and I'm happy. The Elvis impersonator at the El Cortez wasn't that good. Last year I listened to him while I was playing blackjack. If he was better I would have stood outside the bar to catch a look. I like good singing too.
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April 4th, 2015 at 5:00:52 AM permalink
Quote: Greasyjohn

I don't think I'd be much interested in any of the Cirque shows. Gymnastic moves, contortionists and special effects just don't impress me much. And I don't want to look at characters with other-wordly looks on their faces trying to look like they walk on all fours.


I agree that some of the Cirque shows are "out there" a bit and things like the made-up languages that the characters occasionally speak are, well, just bizarre. And not everyone's cup of tea.

However, I can and do definitely recommend the Cirque BEATLES LOVE show at the MIRAGE. They make the most of a multi-media format, and there is always so much going on on-stage that if you don't care for a particular segment, something completely different is coming up in a few minutes. Several segments are very artistic and beautiful, combining ballet with aerial shows.

By having the stage in the center of the theatre, with seating all around, all of the seats are pretty good for this show. I don't care much for sitting way in the back of a standard theatre for other shows.
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April 4th, 2015 at 11:54:16 AM permalink
I saw Jubilee a couple of years ago and liked it fine.

For those of you who are fans of the Rocky movies, Jubilee Theater was where Apollo Creed got his ass kicked by Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. The show's influence on the scene is very recognizable.
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April 4th, 2015 at 11:59:09 AM permalink
Quote: Wanderer

I saw Jubilee a couple of years ago and liked it fine.


At that time, did they have more than 1 variety act to break-up the song and dance routines ?

The Caesar's website has an (outdated) excerpt from a Frommer's review:

"A classic Vegas spectacular, crammed with singing, dancing, magic, acrobats, elaborate costumes and sets, and, of course, bare breasts".

As of last week, you can cross out the magic and acrobats.
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Wanderer
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April 4th, 2015 at 12:31:40 PM permalink
I will be honest. Except for all the tits bouncing around and the Rocky IV stuff, I don't remember much about it. But I like tits and visiting filming locations is a hobby of mine, so I was happy with the show.
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April 4th, 2015 at 2:00:50 PM permalink
Quote: Wanderer

But I like tits



Who doesn't?
JohnnyQ
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April 4th, 2015 at 2:31:35 PM permalink
We could make that a poll question but I think I know what the results would be.
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April 5th, 2015 at 12:02:13 AM permalink
I saw the "old" version of "Jubilee" in 2012, and by the reviews I read of the "revamped" version, I'm glad I saw the "old" version.

The "old" version was a bit dated, but fine. I would even go as far as saying I'd enjoy it without the boobs.

I have no plans seeing the updated version though.

And if "Jubilee" doesn't watch their step, it could turn into this...


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