Some gentlemen are so eager to please that they're willing to give you the shirts from their backs. At Chippendales, that's just a normal day at the office. The hard-bodied dance troupe has been entertaining audiences for over four decades and continues to be the gold standard for Las Vegas male revues.
What started out as an idea in a small Los Angeles nightclub is now a cultural phenomenon. The Chippendales brand has reached all corners of the globe with tours, merchandise, intimate accessories and a line of clothing. Of course, the annual Chippendales calendar and their signature cuffs, collar and bowtie are as famous as the show itself.
Today's Chippendales is far removed from the greasy bump-and-grind appearances on ‘80s daytime TV that made them famous. Gone are the campy dance moves, glitter, tassels and neon spandex. In their place is a fully choreographed presentation with trained dancers, live singing and large-scale production values.
Chippendales launched the Las Vegas male revue craze way back in February 2002. Since then, others like Magic Mike Live and Thunder From Down Under have come along to challenge the crown, but Chippendales still reigns supreme as both "Best Male Revue" and "Best Bachelorette Party." The show performs every night (twice on weekends) at Rio Hotel Casino in a custom-designed theater. It's been seen by thousands from around the world, with diehard followers returning time after time. Some fans even plan their trips to Vegas with Chippendales as the main course.
A night out at Chippendales is a truly immersive experience. Stop at the Chippendales Boutique for a calendar, then make your way to FLIRT LOUNGE for one of their signature cocktails like Blood Orange Margarita or Chippendales Rum Punch. After the performance, join the men on stage for a group photo, grab a drink with the cast at the lounge, get your memorabilia autographed and maybe even exchange social media contacts (It is called "Flirt Lounge," after all). By the way, your ticket stub entitles you to free admission at Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub, where you can dance the rest of the night away while enjoying one of the best views of the city.
The past few years have seen a number of upgrades to the Vegas production. High-tech video backdrops were added and new songs, hot new guys and set pieces are regularly integrated. Creative Director John Cook infuses the choreography with heightened energy and a rousing soundtrack of top hits. A longtime cast member, Cook has created a spectacular finale that raises the bar for male revues.
More than just a sizzling group of hunks, the Men of Chippendales are pillars of the community. They spend much of their free time supporting charitable causes, and frequently escort the city's Mayor Carolyn Goodman to major events. They're also involved in LGBTQ causes, and welcome male audience members to the show. The guys may be a little naughty on stage, but you'd still be proud to bring one of them home to meet your mom.
Other male revues may come and go, but Chippendales will always be on top. So grab your friends and head to the Rio for a 75-minute multi-media experience like none other. It'll melt your inhibitions – and the ice in your glass.
The Chippendales perform nightly at 8:30pm with an additional 10:30pm show Friday and Saturday. Audience members must be 18 and over.