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By Chuck Rounds
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"Erocktica: Sex, Sweat & Rock 'n' Roll (a new version)" is playing in the Scinta Showroom at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino. It is a combination of high-octane Rock Ďní Roll with erotic dancers and multi-media effects. The show shut down for a month and has had a complete revision since its opening---it hardly resembles the old show at all. There have been a lot of good changes, and it comes far closer to being the show that it promises. It is better than it was, but there are still problems.
The biggest change is the elimination of the band. In the first version, I thought the band was the best thing about the show, and when I heard that they were going to be taken away, I was a bit shocked. In this version, I really didnít miss them, and it turned out to be a good move.
The show, though, still has a lot of problems...The music is good. The dancing is good...so why isnít it sexy?
One reason is the continual assault on the senses. Every number is loud, blaring, and fast...after a while, it all just washes over you. If everything is supposed to be exciting, then nothing is. There are no dynamics.
Another reason is that with the video screens constantly illuminated, you are always aware of the cavernous size of the Scinta showroom. There is never a time when there is an intimate moment because there is never a time when the lights affect any type of isolation.
There are some good things...vocalists Gabriella Versace and Ray-J do a good job at leading the troupe. They are formidable hosts, have great charisma, and sound great.
The line of dancers is beautiful. They do a good job at the variety and range of style that are thrown at them, and they carry it off well...and they are finally in decent dancing shoes.
The show is better than it was. The show needs to find some slower moments and create some dynamics. They need to find a time to turn off the video screens, isolate a section with lighting, and create some intimate moments...and then it could be sexy.