I went to see “Sexxy After Dark” at Hustler Club last Saturday, a reworking of the “Sexxy” production show that had been featured at the Westgate prior to being closed by the Las Vegas pandemic restrictions. In my review of the Westgate show (here), I called Sexxy the “most erotic of the Vegas topless production shows, with the best pole-dancing performance, most sizzling striptease and best dancers.”
Much of the show at Hustler is the same as the show I reviewed at Westgate (which is good). This is basically a modernized version of burlesque, hot babes taking it off to pop music classics, like “Hey, Big Spender,” “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” Ginuwine’s “Ride It, My Pony,” “Tainted Love,” and “She’s My Cherry Pie,” among others.
Jennifer Romas’ pole dancing is spectacular and her steamy bathtub acrobatics are the highlight of the show in my opinion. One big difference between this show and the Westgate show is that these gorgeous professionally-trained dancers are now able to enjoy the traditional strip club practice of audience members making it rain. A pair of cocktail servers were kept busy throughout the hourlong performance scooping up wads of cash from the stage and the floor around the stage.
The Sexxy show takes place primarilly on Hustler’s main stage except for the bathtub sequence and an aerialist who performs on silk ribbons above the stage. Before and after the show, Hustler’s regular crew of dancers perform on stage. They all wear masks and do not remove their tops. The Sexxy dancers wear transparent plastic masks that are much more attractive because they’re almost invisible (see pic above of Sexxy dancer wearing mask, filched from the Sexxy Show Facebook page). Why don’t all dancers wear these?
Gabriella Versace, who was the singer in the Westgate show, has been replaced in Sexxy After Dark by Anne Martinez, another high-energy local singer with a powerful voice. She’s the only Sexxy performer who wears a traditional cloth mask, I presume because the plastic mask stifles her voice. She adds a lot of her own style to rock classics like “Light My Fire” and “I Put a Spell on You,” a great fit for this show.
Due to Covid restrictions, the club itself is a far cry from what we normally think of as a Vegas strip club. There are no lap dances out on the floor, no babes circulating through the crowd looking for guys who want “company.” I sat at the bar for close to two hours and was never once approached by a dancer. This is just a well-behaved audience watching a show. A bottle of Corona cost me $17. You can’t sit on the rail because the stage area is roped off to keep the customers socially distanced from the performers. To tip stage dancers you’ve got to lean across the ropes and throw your money. Jennifer Romas’ bathtub is up by the bar. This makes any seat at the bar among the best in the house IMHO.
Hustler has various package deals for this show available on their website. If you are a local (with Nevada ID), you do not need a special ticket for this show. The show takes places in Hustler’s main room and locals with a Hustler VIP card can enter the club free every day (except Sunday night when the club features “industry night”). Sexxy performs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights only at 9:30 pm. Typically, strip club shows start long after the advertised times, but not this one. Sexxy starts on time, 9:30 pm, and lasts exactly one hour. So, don’t be late.
Out of staters who want to see the show should order tix online at Hustler’s website. If you don’t have your own wheels, I’d recommend the $50 package that includes transportation from your hotel, admission, a spaghetti dinner and two drinks. Whatever you do, don’t arrive via cab or rideshare or you will be charged $100 to get in. You must also arrive in a mask, but as soon as you get a drink you can remove it and leave it off unless you start walking around.