‘Jubilee!’ celebrates 28 years of stunning showgirls

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jubilee4“Jubilee!” still looks good for its age. Today, the show is celebrating 28 years of entertaining guests with its statuesque showgirls, dazzling costumes and elaborate production numbers.

One of the longest-running shows on the Strip, “Jubilee!” has performed for more than 11 million guests at Bally’s over the years.

The show has been a Vegas staple since it opened in 1981 under the direction of Donn Arden, who first brought “Lido de Paris” to Vegas in 1959. “Lido” was one of the first topless shows in town and Arden certainly came up with a winning formula. If you’re looking for classic Vegas, “Jubilee!” is the epitome of the topless production show.

“Jubilee!” features about 85 performers — both topless and covered. The showgirls are everything you expect to see in a Vegas production show. Bob Mackie (think Cher’s elaborate outfits) and Peter Menefee are the show’s original costume designers.

There are 1,000 different costumes in the show made with 8,000 miles of sequins. The rhinestones used on the costumes are silver-plated Swarovski crystals and the headpieces can weigh up to 35 pounds.

Besides elaborate costumes, “Jubilee!” features some pretty elaborate production numbers as well. The massive stage is half the length of a football field and the sets weigh up to 4 tons. The show features technically complicated scenes including a Samson and Delilah number complete with the destruction of the temple and the show’s signature number – the sinking of the Titanic.

In between the huge productions, “Jubilee!” is filled with singing, dancing and some entertaining specialty acts as well.

You can catch “Jubilee!” at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Sat. – Thu. Tickets start at $72.50.

If you want to learn more about the show and catch of glimpse of what life is like for the showgirls, you can also take a backstage tour. The tour runs 11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and costs $15 without a purchase of a “Jubilee!” show ticket and $10 with a purchase of a show ticket.

Kristine McKenzie

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