We are convinced that the masked men of Jabbawockeez are a breed of their own. After watching their new show, “Jreamz,” at the MGM last night, not only are we second guessing every dance move in our bag of tricks, but we are still in awe of the incredible talent that the Jabawockeez possess.
Since winning the first season of “America’s Best Dance Crew,” the 11-member hip-hop dance group has performed a variety of shows at various properties on the Strip. In “Jreamz,” at the MGM Grand (where they originally got their start), audiences are not only offered a new storyline told by way of dance, but they also have the chance to experience the Jabbawockeez’s new 3D visual elements debuted in this show.
“The video element is an idea that we’ve wanted to do since back in the day,” explained Jabbawockeez crew member Rynan Paguio. Working with their previous shows that resided in Monte Carlo and Luxor, Paguio explained, “…our stages were so much bigger that we couldn’t really add those elements in there. But now, being in this intimate spot, you could look at it as a downfall or downgrade, and we look at it as an upgrade because we are able to now use that idea that we’ve wanted to do now for so long and really, if you look at the whole entire stage, you can do projection and 3D mapping throughout the entire theater.”
With the desire to include the audience in the show by creating an immersive atmosphere, the new video projections set the scene with dynamic background imagery as well as blur the theatrical fourth wall in the recently renovated Jabbawockeez theater.
“Have you ever been on that ride Soarin’? It’s at California Adventure and you are pretty much in a dome and there is this whole world and you’re in it,” Paguio explained. “That was the idea that we wanted to do. We wanted people to feel like they were in this world with us. Not just with lighting but with whatever video effects we have. Usually we have these huge sets on stage, ramps and everything but now it’s not set for that because the video elements in it make it happen already.”
And just like the original choreography and music, the video caters to the main purpose of telling the story of “Jreamz.” Referred to as “a musical without singing” by Jabbawockeez crew member Joe Larot, “Jreamz” is much more than a visual feast, it’s also an enlightening journey.
“[The] MGM, we heard when we first came to Vegas, was like the Emerald City, like Wizard of Oz,” Larot explained. “I wanted to reference that because that’s kind of the story of “Jreamz.” You follow this guy PJ, aka Dorothy, who meets these crazy characters along his way and absorbs music, character and life lessons and through that, through his dreams, he is a better person at the end of the show, or at least an inspired person.”
An undeniably uplifting show filled with inspirational food for thought, Paguio said, “The experience of Jabbawockeez is always inspiring; let’s just put that into words because even in our past shows, it’s all about being inspired. It’s all about following what you want to do in life.”
Inspiring, high-energy and undauntedly clean fun, let the Jabbawockeez take your mind on a thrilling adventure. We promise you won’t regret it.
Get your Jabbawockeez show tickets and see them perform at the MGM Grand every Thursday through Monday at 7 p.m or 9:30 p.m.