Review Of Men: the show



Not playing in Las Vegas at this time.




Updated 08/08/2003

Men: the show (CLOSED)

By Chuck Rounds

Note: This show has moved to Club Seven Men: the show is playing at the La Cage theatre inside the Riviera Hotel & Casino. It is the latest entry in the world of male review shows that exist in Las Vegas, and is notable for already having found some success by playing sporadically in town while looking for a home. Producer Colin Foster is noted to have been scouring the world for the most gorgeous and talented men...men who adore women and are ready to fulfill their fantasies. The La Cage theatre is a fairly small, intimate space; and a good place for all of the female audience members to get a good close up view of all the men. The theatre does, however, stretch back fairly significantly, so there is, in fact, a safe haven, so to speak, for the males that are inevitably dragged to the show. This is the first new production in the Riviera in a long, long time; and everyone hopes that it will be a good move for them. Colin Foster has work in Vegas for many years, in many capacities, and is now both producer and host for the evening. As the producer, he has put together a fairly nice group of men that all have skills and abilities. As the host, it seems as if he feels a need to narrate through the entire production and tell us what a wonderful thing were seeing and how adept he is for putting it all together. As the host, he would better serve the production if he would just welcome us and get off the stage, because beyond that, he is not really serving his own production. The production of "Men" seems to have taken a slightly different approach to the creation of a male review than its other two significant competitors. Both "Chippendales" and "The Thunder from Down Under" seem to have a formula for a production that they then find men to fit in. "Men" seems to have found males and then built a show around their abilities. As this show gets a bit more seasoned, it could prove to be a successful approach. As for now, though, "Chippendales" still has the best production values; "Thunder" is still the most fun; and "Men" is still trying to find its way and establish itself. One of the true oddities of the evening, and definitely going into the "what were they thinking" file, is the "Tribute to the Heroes of 9/11" followed by the rifle drill team number...in the middle of a male review. If ever anyone wanted a lesson on how to kill the mood and momentum of an evening, this would be it. The numbers were not bad by any means; in fact, they were both executed fairly well...just horribly misplaced. They belonged in a different show, in a different place, at a different time. Unfortunately, though, I gather that the guy who lights his crotch on fire wouldn’t do the show unless these numbers were in the production. At least he has priorities... "Men" still has a long way to go in finding its foothold in the world of male reviews. It has a lot of potential, but needs to stay focused on giving their audience members what they came to see. When they do this, they do it very well.