The last of the Vegas showgirl revues, Jubilee is returning to the Strip March 17.
Jubilee opened in July 1981 and had remained virtually untouched since. Last year, Bally’s announced the iconic showgirl production would be refreshed under the direction of Frank Gatson Jr., noted for his work as singer Beyoncé Knowles’ choreographer.
The show closed at the end of this past January while Gatson and the team he assembled — a who’s who of the music industry — revitalized the show first created by Vegas choreographer Donn Arden.
The show is best known for its elaborate numbers with 100 showgirls and showboys that highlighted the traditional feather and rhinestone costumes and headpieces. It also included over-the-top dance numbers around historical and Biblical events, such as the sinking of the Titanic and the tale of seduction and betrayal of Samson and Delilah.
What changes have been made still remains unknown. Many of the show’s original main elements remain, although the choreography, staging and music have been updated.
Starting March 17, Jubilee will perform at 7 and 10 p.m. Sunday – Wednesday; 7 p.m. Thursday; and 10 p.m. Saturday.