Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 | 9 a.m.
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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The D Las Vegas is the new revved-up name for a longtime downtown Las Vegas hotel, Fitzgeralds, which had been in operation since 1987.
Owner Derek Stevens rebranded and refurbished the hotel in fall 2012 to give it a motor city theme, using the nickname of his beloved city, Detroit, for the name of the new hotel. He also brought in two restaurant favorites from Detroit: American Coney Island and Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse.
The property features 638 remodeled contemporary rooms and suites. The unique two-level casino included slots and table games. Dancing dealers are featured on the first floor. And the second floor transports guests back in time to old-school Vegas with its Vintage Casino.
The casino also features the LONGBAR, the longest bar in Nevada, where sports fans can watch games on big screen TVs. Outside on Fremont Street, D Bar invites guests and passerby alike to enjoy refreshing frozen libations and specialty cocktails as talented, trickster bartenders send bottles and glasses flying through the air.
The Showroom at the D features the interactive comedy show, "Marriage Can Be Murder," where guests can be part of the mystery.