Poor Melburnians. They’ve been through so much in lockdown, and once again they have to contend with Sydney snagging their best stuff. First, we came for Van Gogh Alive, and now we’ve nabbed Magic Mike Live.
The show is the brainchild of dancer-turned-movie star Channing Tatum – who fronted up, stripped down, and sweated through both big screen outings – who had been set to bring the buff boy acrobatic spectacular strip show to the Victorian capital. But Melbourne's loss is our major gain.
Set in the stunning, burlesque circus-like surrounds of the Arcadia, a purpose-built upsized Spiegeltent, erected in the Entertainment Quarter, this dance extravaganza comes complete with a bar that doubles as a climbing frame for lithe bodies and podiums in amongst the audience. It will premiere at Moore Park on December 17, after runs in Las Vegas, London and Berlin. Thrusting you right into the heat of the moment, the all-singing, all-dancing, all-hip-thrusting gyration of this 360-degree immersive hullabaloo is EXACTLY what we need at the tail end of the year that was.
Though Tatum has hung up his dancing pants for now and will not appear up close and personal in the stage show, he's overjoyed he finally gets to unveil a feisty phalanx of beautiful bodiess, co-directed by choreographer Alison Faulk. And hoooo boy, you do not wanna miss these boys (and a handful of fiercely awesome women, too). Their smooth, gravity-defying moves make it a must-see this Christmas.
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