By Janee Law
Leave your troubles behind and peel your eyes, ladies and gentlemen, as eight chiseled performers of the famed Chippendales are set to bring a night of excitement to The Paramount next week as part of the “Best. Night. Ever. 2017 Tour.”
“The audience is in for an amazing night,” said Bryan Cheatham, creative director, host and performer when the show is in Las Vegas. The audience is “going to have a fun night, they’re going to be turned on, they’re going to see eight guys on stage half naked shaking their stuff and they’re going to have a night that they’re not going to forget.”
Cheatham, a Chippendale for the past 14 years, is also a singer, dancer, actor and model. Although he won’t be making an appearance at The Paramount, he promised the audience will be in the good hands of Justin Rhodes, tour singer; Tory George; Jeffrey Garrovillo; Shiva Paul; Cody Canyon; Cameron Brown; Joey Pena; and Mozart.
For 37 years, all-male dance troupe Chippendales has been gyrating its way into the hearts and laps of fans everywhere. In March 2015, for the fourth consecutive year, Chippendales was named the “Best Male Strip Show” as part of the Las Vegas Review Journal’s prestigious “Best of Las Vegas Awards.”
With a fraternity of 24 members, the show’s flagship company is based in Las Vegas at the Rio Al-Suite Hotel & Casino. Starting March 30, supermodel Tyson Beckford will begin his summer residency as the celebrity guest host.
While the popular film “Magic Mike” is based off the original Chippendales, which includes stuffing money in performers G-strings, Cheatham said the show has since changed.
“We’ve evolved and left that in the past,” he added. “Our show is a full scale production show. The guys come out and interact with the girls and we do bring the girls up on stage and they get to be part of the experience.”
Since it’s inception, Cheatham said, becoming a Chippendale isn’t has easy as it looks.
“A misconception that the guys have is that you just have to have a good body to be a Chippendale but that’s just one of the elements,” Cheatham said. “It’s so much more than that.”
He added that performers have to be able to dance and have a personality that reaches beyond the stage to connect with audience members.
“There are so many guys that want to do our job, so we’re selective with who we choose,” Cheatham said. “Only a select number of guys are able to rock our custom collars.”
In addition, Cheatham said preparation for shows, especially the tour show, requires months of training, dance classes, coming up with new moves and new routines, while also working out on a daily basis.
“Every year for our tour show, we try to bring the girls something new, fresh and exciting,” he said. “It’s more than just a strip show because we’re actually effecting girls’ lives. They come, they leave their problems behind and they have a night that they will never forget.”
The performance is slated for Feb. 9 at The Paramount, with doors set to open at 8 p.m. for the 9 p.m. show. Tickets are $34-$65 and can be purchased at the box office or at Paramountny.com.