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Folies Bergere


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Indefinite      Two shows at 7:30pm & 10:00pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday; One Show at 8:30pm to Tuesday & Friday; Dark Sunday. The 7:30pm show is now covered (except Saturday) while the 8:30pm & 10:00pm shows are topless. Must be 16 and older for the topless shows. $59.00(table) & $69.00(VIP booth seating) +tax & fee.
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Updated 01/07/2006
Folies Bergere
By Chuck Rounds

I love "Folies Bergere." It is a show that I have seen a multitude of times, and once finished, I look forward to the next time I'll see the show. I have not grown tired of it. I love the acts, the singing, the dancing, and of course, the showgirls. I enjoy seeing how it continues to grow and change over the years--the constant effort to keep it updated and fresh is always appreciated.

"Folies Bergere" is the quintessential Las Vegas show...that last statement should be the sum total of my review. If someone were to think of a "Las Vegas show," it would be embodied by "Folies Bergere." "Folies" has everything that a Las Vegas show should have...singing, dancing, showgirls, comedy, spectacle, etc. It is the longest continuously running show in America--having opened in 1959. It is a hallmark and cornerstone of entertainment in this town and as long as Las Vegas exists; so should "Folies Bergere."

"Folies Bergere" is an extravaganza is packed with all that one would expect with a show of this style--beautiful showgirls, wonderful dancers, good singers, lavish and large sets and settings, and an abundance of both elegant and sexy costumes. This production can satisfy all of one's entertainment needs. The show supplies us with a wealth of talent. The audience is entertained by a variety of songs--upbeat and entertainment. The singers handle a wide range of styles as well. All of the songs are sung to taped music, however, and we certainly miss the dynamic that a live orchestra can bring to a show.

The show plays at the Tiffany Theatre inside the Tropicana Hotel and Casino, and it has been successful for many reasons--some of which is its ability to change and the times, grow as a production, and never remain contented with the idea that everything is fine. There is a continual process of evaluation and change that keeps this show fresh, contemporary, and a viable competitor amongst the other shows on the Strip.

Dan O'Brien and Tracy Ault are the singers of the evening, and O'Brien works at being the emcee as well. For the most part, he does a decent job. Ault is a dynamic personality and a powerful singer. She has performed in a couple of different Strip productions, and she has always been wonderful.

The featured variety act is Wally Eastwood--a juggler extraordinaire. His skill, talent, and charisma make him an instant hit with the audience. Eastwood has been with the show for a little while now, and I've seen his act numerous times, but he never fails to make the dialogue seem fresh and is always able to endear the audience to him. With all of the variety acts in town, Eastwood is still one of the best.

The real star of the show, however, is the dancing. The dancing in the show is very strong. The dancers and the acrobats deliver very upbeat and energetic performances--with abilities that anyone can appreciate. One of the highlights of the production has to be the award winning "Can Can" number. The execution and energy of this number; with its array of movement from the dancers, and the flipping and turning from the acrobats; virtually stops the show.

The adagio team, in the Folies, has always added class and depth to the production. In that respect, this new adagio team is no different.

The showgirls are absolutely gorgeous. They go from floating across the stage like a variety of gleaming Greek statues to jiggling and bouncing, in their near nakedness, across the stage with enough panache to enchant, entice and attract us. They are both sexy and classy. They are everything one expects of the classic Las Vegas showgirl. (The Wagnerian monolithic women section is a bit odd, but...okay.)

The Tropicana has had an impending implosion looming over its head for years now...it prompted Rick Thomas to move to the Stardust (which ironically just announced its date for implosion,) but doesn't seem to be slowing the Folies down. For the first time in its forty-something history, the show has just filmed its first commercial.

"Folies Bergere" is a show that is worth seeing. Part of the staying power of this show has been its ability to update, change itself to keep things fresh. The first show of the evening is covered, so you can now bring the entire family to see this production. "Folies" does have something to entertain everyone, and it gives you exactly what you might expect from this type of production, and doesn't make any bones about the fact that this show is here to entertain. The show does its job and does it well. The show entertains us.


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