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Men of the Strip performers sing, take it off at The D Las Vegas

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Kyle Efthemes of Men of the Strip performs at The D Las Vegas on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in downtown Las Vegas.

Men of the Strip at The D

Joel Sajun of Men of the Strip performs at The D Las Vegas on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in downtown Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »
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Men of the Strip performs at The D Las Vegas on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in downtown Las Vegas. Co-owner Mike Foland is pictured here.

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Joel Sajun of Men of the Strip performs at The D Las Vegas on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in downtown Las Vegas.

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Keith Webb, Chris Boudreaux, Joel Sajun, Chaun Williams and Kyle Efthemes of Men of the Strip perform at The D Las Vegas on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in downtown Las Vegas.

The new adult-male revue Men of the Strip took The D Las Vegas in downtown Las Vegas by storm Labor Day Weekend from Thursday through Sunday.

The opening show Aug. 28 featured dancers Chris Boudreaux, Kyle Efthemes, Joel Sajun, Keith Webb and Chaun Williams, and the crowd in the packed D Showroom went wild for the six-pack five pack.

Olympic swimming champion Ryan Lochte was in the audience Sunday night and took off his shirt while onstage. Lochte was reportedly very nice to all of the cast members, and the ladies — breaking news — loved him devouring his birthday cake and posing for photographs with fans.

The dirty and sexy Thursday show included performances to Flo Rida’s “Whistle,” Faithless’s “Insomnia,” Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and Ne-Yo’s “Let Me Love You” — some to tracks, some live singing — as well as a surprisingly touching tribute to Nate Estimada, a Men of the Strip cast member aka “The Midnight Cowboy” who died in June at age 24.

Men of the Strip is produced by 98 Degrees founder and frontman Jeff Timmons, was created by Glenn Douglas Packard and is co-owned by Mike Foland. Foland took to the stage toward the end of the show to offer his thanks, among them to The D Las Vegas co-owner and CEO Derek Stevens, who good-naturedly handled the audience chant of, “Take it off! Take it off!”

Foland said post-shows Tuesday afternoon: “The four nights at The D went perfectly! Derek Stevens and his staff were so wonderful to work with; they made us feel like we were all one big family. The house was packed every night with family, friends and fans from around the world. It was a very special way for us to end an exciting but difficult year for Men of the Strip.”

What’s up next for Men of the Strip?

Foland continued, “Men of the Strip has now aired in several countries. With the high demand for the best male-revue show ever created, we have to give our fans what they want, so we are coming to you. Now you can catch Men of the Strip on the road as we tour nationally and internationally. Be on the lookout for our reality TV show this spring as we open our permanent residence at one of the hottest places in Las Vegas.” (The D, perhaps?)

Unlike their counterparts Chippendales at the Rio, Thunder From Down Under at Excalibur and Men: The Experience at Riviera, these handsome hunks sing live a lot — quite a few boyband songs (98 Degrees, Backstreet Boys, ’N Sync, New Kids on the Block and The Wanted), no doubt Timmons’ influence — and go into the crowd often in their G-strings (except for Boudreaux, who sticks to boxer briefs) for dollar bills.

Men of the Strip is a strip show in the truest sense.

Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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