Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 | 6:54 p.m.
Sultry, stunning and super sexy. It’s the only way to describe the “Fantasy” femmes fatales as they unveiled their 2014 “Unleash Your Fantasy” calendar at the Luxor on Tuesday night. The glamour girls wore only animal-print body paint for the nude and luscious layouts.
“This is the first time in the history of ‘Fantasy’ that we have photographed our dancers wearing nothing but paint as the theme. The results are gorgeous, and it’s certainly the hottest, most daring and unique calendar to date,” producer Anita Mann told me.
The topless temptresses were meticulously hand-painted by artists Carlos Marin and L’crème Giordanno. They posed among striking surroundings to complement each animal’s natural beauty for pinup photographer Oscar Picazo’s sensational shots.
The calendar reveal also marks the start of the 15th year of “Fantasy” as of Nov. 1. The cast of curvy creatures has welcomed new lead singer Jaime Lynch with her amazing powerhouse vocals center stage.
Excalibur headliners Thunder From Down Under, Luxor headliners the Jabbawockeez, Troy Burgess of “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian, who is married to “Fantasy” star Yesi, and magician Murray Sawchuck, who is married to “Fantasy” star Chloe Crawford, joined the ladies on the arrivals carpet and at the pre-party at Rice & Company.
The new-look show features 15 high-energy numbers, plus, the comedy of Sean E. Cooper with his wild impressions of pop-culture personalities, including James Brown, Michael Jackson and, newly added to the show, Beyonce.
Anita told me: “I was nervous when Lorena Peril left us for her world tour of ‘Grease.’ It was literally going to be from one day to the next for Jaime to get it. But she came in and was her own star instantly.
“Jaime just took control of the situation and handled the changeover brilliantly so that it felt like she’d always been there. She’s added a whole new energy to the production, as well, along with four new numbers to kick off the New Year. I keep changing the show throughout the year so that it’s always fresh and different.”
Fifteen years is a long time for a topless adult cabaret burlesque show to run anywhere let alone Las Vegas. I asked Anita for its secret:
“I let each one of the girls be an individual star. They all stand out with their own personalities. The No. 1 thing, though, is their attitude and discipline being dance performers. Every night becomes an opening night for us. We never stop rehearsing, and it’s a constant work-in-progress with notes after each show.
“As long as the dancers stay healthy and positive and retain their passion for dancing, they can be onstage. They start young, and some have been in the show for a decade or more. Another has been in the show on and off for eight years now. So long as they love what they’re doing up there, you know they’re good enough to keep doing it.”
To emphasize the point, dancer Natasha told me: “We have the best job in Las Vegas show business. We all love it and couldn’t think of a better one.”
Our thanks to Denise Truscello and Tom Donoghue for their photo galleries from the arrivals carpet and the calendar creation.
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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One of the most iconic resorts on The Strip, the Luxor pyramid invites curiosity while the resort’s interior rewards visitors with equal parts excitement, mystery and intrigue.
This 4,405-room resort features a wide variety of entertainment including world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez (spring 2013), the Cirque du Soleil production CRISS ANGEL Believe, the provocative adult revue, FANTASY, the hilarious comedy of Carrot Top, Menopause The Musical and the exclusive LAX Nightclub.
The property also offers a spa and salon, wedding chapel and inviting pool complex and is connected to Mandalay Bay through The Shoppes at Mandalay Place — a collection of unique boutiques and restaurants.
With a 120,000-square-foot gaming area, delectable restaurants and top-notch nightlife and entertainment, Luxor provides an unparalleled travel destination.