This show gets revamped every year or so and I continue to like the changes. I recently caught the 13th anniversary show (May 2015) and have updated this review with some of the changes.
There’s still lots of hard rock including Guns and Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle,” Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name,” Warrants’ “Cherry Pie.” And they’re still using the uncensored version of Buckcherry’s “Crazy Bitch.”
The country section has been revamped and is now starting with Justin Moore’s “Back That Thing Up,” then segueing into Jason Aldean’s “She’s Country” and ending with Travis Tritt’s “Girl’s Gone Wild.”
Though rock’n’roll weaves through the whole production from start to finish, there is a mishmash of other music as well. One dance might be done to rock, the next to Dixieland, then rock again, then a Broadway show tune. The songs are all great for strippers to dance to. That’s been true for all the versions of this show that I’ve seen.
Some of the music is edgier, like Touch and Go’s “Would You Go to Bed with Me? (Um … I find you attractive …)” One of the highlights that remains from the previous versions is the aerialist who performs on elastic straps to Touch and Go’s “Straight to Number One.” Gorgeous body.
The blonde who dances to Led Zeppelin’s “Dazed and Confused” is hot. Jimmy Page may have been right when he said the “soul of a woman was created below,” but the body on that dancer was definitely manufactured in heaven. This show has great dancers and knows how to use them.
Notable new numbers include five dancers gyrating with and on straight-back chairs to Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” and three dancers doing a Jubilee-style showgirls number to Rihanna’s “Diamonds in the Sky.”
There’s a lot of high-energy athletic dancing in nothing but g-strings and heels. By show’s end, the individual dancers (all pictured here from the promo pix) become memorable. They have unique styles and personalities and all exhibit warmth. They seem to be having fun, enjoying the audience. Every dance is applauded. There are lots of women and many couples in the audience and the women respond to the dancers as enthusiastically as the men.
This is not a variety show: no singers, jugglers, acrobats, ventriloquists, or magicians. The only break from the dancing is a 15-minute set by a stand-up comic. Nancy Ryan knows how to work a room. She does it with a put-down style of humor that’s perfect for a drinking Vegas crowd at 11 pm when she goes on. She can pinpoint the people to pick on and she has a gifted way of destroying her targets that makes them laugh. Even if you can’t stand the thought of watching gorgeous girls dancing around in g-strings, go see Nancy Ryan, a true bawdy broad and maybe the best since Mae West.
Other than for the short set by the comic, the entire show is performed by the same nine girls doing solo and group numbers. If you like watching beautiful bodies in motion, this show won’t let you down.
There are three ticket prices for this show, though the seats aren’t assigned. The extra $$ gets you “VIP seating,” which will be closer to the stage. There are no reserved seats, just closer-to-the-stage seats, and this is the type of show where you want to sit close to the stage.
Regardless of the ticket price you pay, give the usher five bucks at the door, and he’ll seat you well. You should always tip the usher in a casino showroom. These guys do a real service in seating people quickly and quietly, and besides, five more bucks to the usher will get you as prime a seat as you can get.
Bugsy’s Cabaret was formerly a comedy club, so there really aren’t any bad seats. The main stage is small and for this show they have another square mini-stage in the center of the room with a stripper pole. When you slip the usher $5, point to a seat on the center aisle, near the main stage front and right next to the mini-stage. You’ll have a great close-up view of all those gorgeous dancers. If you get to the showroom late, the best seats will be gone and the usher may not be able to do you any favors. I usually get to showrooms half-an-hour before show time and still sometimes miss out on the best seat I could have gotten.
A beer will cost you $8 and they don’t let you bring in a drink from outside. That’s about the same price for a beer that you’ll pay in many real strip clubs. The show is about 75 minutes. The servers are prompt, attentive, and unobtrusive.
X Burlesque also runs a weekly (Saturday afternoon) class at 3 pm in the X Showroom. For $44.95, you can attend “X Burlesque University,” where you’ll learn showgirl choreography on stage from one of the X girls, with lessons on how to apply showgirl make-up and a complimentary makeup kit. (To get a better idea of what the class offers, check out the XBU video on YouTube.) Plus, you’ll get a souvenir photo and an XBU diploma. There are group discounts for parties of 6 or more.
Is the class open to men? Probably not, alas. That XBU teacher in the video is hot.