Showgirls are one of the first things that come to mind when I think of Las Vegas. So, on a recent visit I thought it would be best to immerse myself in the true culture of Sin City: adult entertainment. Since the talented Jubilee! dancers have been high-kicking for almost 30 years, it seemed like the perfect choice.
The first topless show to hit Vegas was Minsky’s Follies in 1957. Since then, many adult shows have opened in Sin City, such as Folies Bergere at the Tropicana and Fantasy at the Luxor.
In 1981, Jubilee! arrived on the strip. Produced by Donn Arden, an English music manager and agent (and the father of Sharon Osbourne), Jubilee! has been voted “Best Showgirls” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” reader polls. Since its opening, the show has been performed over 16,000 times.
I didn’t know how my gaze could be riveted anywhere but the exposed chests of the dancers, even though I knew the show would be about much more. I was told by friends and family prior to coming that after awhile, you don’t even notice the boobs. But how could one forget about the boobs? After all, it’s not something you see every day, unless you happen to be Hugh Heffner.
When the lights brightened and the curtain went up inside the Jubilee! theater in the Bally’s Hotel and Casino, I finally understood what everyone meant. There are so many things to look at besides the perky C cups such as costumes made with sparkly rhinestones, impressive dance moves and sexy male singers.
The show itself is an amazing tribute to old school variety entertainment with perfectly choreographed dance routines. The opening song, “Hundreds of Girls,” showcases the men’s voices and the ladies’…. assets. The women are gorgeous and manage to be classy and elegant even with their breasts exposed to the world. In the ninety minutes that follow, the audience is taken back in time as several scenes from history are re-enacted, from Samson and Delilah to the Titanic’s fateful voyage. The final number is nothing short of spectacular with dancing ladies strewn across the theater.
Jubilee! is actually a very family-friendly show, aside from the obvious. The cast performs a clothed version of the show on Saturdays at 7:30 pm for those who prefer a more PG version of Las Vegas culture.
With hundreds of shows to choose from both on and off the strip, there’s never a shortage of entertainment in Las Vegas. If you’re in the mood for the bare breasts and the flashy costumes that put Vegas on the map, Jubilee! is not to be missed.
After the show, stop by the Indigo Lounge, also inside Bally’s and sip on a signature cocktail. With a live cover band performing seven nights a week from 9 pm to 2 am, you’ll be able to extend your Vegas entertainment experience and get a chance to do some dancing of your own. However, high-kicking at the Indigo Lounge is not recommended.
What & Where:
Bally’s(3645 S. Las Vegas Blvd; 888) 742-9248)
Jubilee! Theater (For tickets 800-237-SHOW; Show dates and times: Nightly except Friday, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.)
Indigo Lounge (702-967-4111)
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Fun Info: For those who want to see what goes on behind the curtain, Bally’s offers backstage tours of the theater on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11 am. The tours, which are given by a showgirl, cost only $10 with the purchase of a show ticket. Without the ticket, tours are $15.
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WHEN TO VISIT LAS VEGAS
The best time to visit Las Vegas is from March to May and from September to November. While you’ll find plenty of travel deals throughout the year, the spring and fall shoulder seasons offer the most moderate weather.
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How to get there: McCarran International Airport is the main airport in Las Vegas. There are flights on a multitude of airline carriers. Las Vegas is also just a four-hour drive from Los Angeles.
Where to stay: There are many places to stay in Las Vegas, Nevada. There is a wide range of hotels, from budget to luxury. For a luxury hotel that won’t break the bank, I recommend the Wynn Las Vegas, which is currently the #1 hotel on Tripadvisor. For a mid-level hotel, I suggest the Aria Resort & Casino. Finally, for a budget hotel, try the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. You can also check HotelsCombined for the best Las Vegas Hotel Rates.
What to pack: In Las Vegas, seasons can change pretty fast. It’s hot in summer and can drop into the low 30’s in the winter. Number one– you’ll want a good pair of walking shoes. You can easily walk miles daily. Just getting from one casino to another can be a trek (I love Keen). Vegas gets cold in Winter, you’ll want to pack layers including a light sweater or scarf.
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- Get the Fodor’s Las Vegas (Full-color Travel Guide).
- Bring a good quality mirrorless camera for getting those beautiful Las Vegas shots. I use the Sony Alpha a6000 .
- Summers in Las Vegas it’s not as bad as you think, but make sure to bring Neutrogena Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum Spf 45
- A great cross body travel bag. Crossbody bags prevent theft and are much easier to access.
- Don’t forget sunglasses for the beautiful sunny days. A.J. Morgan Unisex Sunglasses are a great choice and very affordable!
- Bring a pair of dressier shoes and wear your solid walking shoes on the plane.
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Jessica Lee is a freelance writer who was born and raised in Central Washington. She lives in North Idaho and travels whenever possible.