Tuesday, June 4, 2013 | 11:02 p.m.
By Don Chareunsy
It’s been five years since Jabbawockeez won Season 1 of “Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew” on MTV, and the dance crew’s deserved success continues on the Strip with their new show “Prism” at the Luxor, which had its grand opening Friday night with a red carpet, a post-performance party at Luxor pool and an after-party at nearby LAX.
“Prism” is a celebration of imagination, hence the opening homage to “Pure Imagination” from Gene Wilder’s “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory,” and, as expected from Jabbawockeez, is a mix of great choreography, interesting storylines and special effects reminiscent of Electric Daisy Carnival and nightclubs heavily included by EDM.
“Prism” also is a colorful — all the colors of the rainbow — celebration of diversity. The music is loud and pounding, and the costumes, also a nod to Wonka, are rich in color and inspired in design. A fun highlight: a video game segment with a Jabbawockeez member in the old school video game Super Mario Bros. Along with plenty of farting noises, the music included crowd favorites LMFAO’s “Party Rock,” Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and Baauer’s “Harlem Shake”; plus, Bruno Mars, 2 Chainz, Queen and many more, with the show closer Chris Brown’s “Beautiful People” featuring Benny Benassi.
Jabbawockeez became the first dance crew to headline a show on the Strip with “MUS.I.C.” at Hollywood Theater in MGM Grand in 2010; the show later moved to Monte Carlo in the theater formerly headlined by magician Lance Burton. Their latest home at the Luxor is a specially designed, custom-built theater, and the audience looks down at the stage, which gives the show an intimacy that was lacking at the Monte Carlo.
The red carpet for the grand opening included Jabbawockeez, of course, Holly Madison, Josh Strickland (“Peepshow”), Angel Porrino and Melody Sweets (“Absinthe”), Justin Mortelliti and Carrie St. Louis (“Rock of Ages), boxer Nonito Donaire and his wife Rachel and Jackson. The after-party at the spacious Luxor pool included food booths and cocktails galore, performers in large plastic balloons and a live painting by David Garibaldi.
The nightclub after-party was at LAX in the Luxor and included Jabbawockeez crew Jeff “Phi” Nguyen, Kevin “K.B.” Brewer, Chris “Cristyle” Gatdula, Ben “B-Tek” Chung, Phil “Swagger Boy” Tayag, Tony “Transformer” Tran and their family and friends. Darth Vader and Storm Troopers presented the dance crew with a two-tier cake complete with the show’s name “Prism” and the signature Jabbawockeez white mask.
Jabbawockeez premiere at Luxor
The Bangerz took over the turntables just before 2 a.m. with a customized set to toast Jabbawockeez. Also in attendance: MTV’s “Making the Band” member Shannon Bex formerly of Danity Kane. Thanks to Erik Kabik for his photo gallery from the red carpet grand opening and performance of “Prism” and to Karl Larson of Powers Imagery for his photo gallery from LAX. Thanks also to Christopher Rauschnot @24kMedia on Twitter for his video posted on YouTube.
It’s great to see a different kind of headliner — in content and ethnic makeup — thriving on the Strip. Heartiest congratulations, and continued success.
Don Chareunsy is editor of Vegas DeLuxe and 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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