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Male revues vs. female revues: Who’s got more skin in the game in Vegas?

Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike Live is slated to open at Hard Rock Hotel in 2017.

The female revue has long been a staple of Strip entertainment, dating back to the 1950s when topless showgirls dazzled audiences in productions like Tropicana’s Les Folies Bergere. Folies (and others like Lido de Paris at Stardust) paved the way for dozens of shows, from the long-running (and now-closed) Jubilee at Bally’s to more recent cabarets like Fantasy and Crazy Girls (still taking it off at Luxor and Planet Hollywood, respectively).

On the flip side, male revues didn’t gain prominence until 2005, when the jacked-and-tan studs of Chippendales started sporting their iconic cuffs and collars at the Rio. So when news broke last week that Channing Tatum will bring Magic Mike Live to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in 2017, followed by reports that Vivica A. Fox’s Black Magic male revue premieres this Thursday, we had to ask: Are there more dudes dropping trou in choreographed Las Vegas productions than women taking the stage sans sequined tops?

Male revues

Aussie Hunks


Magic Mike Live

Men of Sapphire


Thunder From Down Under

Black Magic

Female revues

Crazy Girls



X Burlesque

Coed revues (yes, that’s a real thing)


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