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Reimagined and Modernised Jubilee to Reopen at Bally’s Las Vegas Monday, March 17

March 5, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Jubilee, the longest-running and most iconic show on the famed Las Vegas Strip, will reopen at Bally’s Las Vegas on Monday, March 17 after undergoing a major transformation. Tickets to the revitalised show are on sale now.

The longest running and most iconic show on the famed Las Vegas Strip, Jubilee! at Bally’s Las Vegas

The longest running and most iconic show on the famed Las Vegas Strip, Jubilee! at Bally’s Las Vegas

Donn Arden’s Jubilee first opened on July 30, 1981 and quickly became a staple in Las Vegas entertainment. To this day the unparalleled grand spectacle remains to be the last show of its kind, featuring the Strip’s only remaining authentic showgirls. While the best of the show’s main elements will be preserved as a nod to the original production, the choreography, staging and music will be refreshed for today’s audience.

Leading the charge in the modernisation of Jubilee is one of the world’s most celebrated creative directors and choreographers, Frank Gatson Jr. Gatson’s extensive background in the performing arts has led him to an impressive list of accomplishments working with top-notch celebrities and brands. With more than 30 years of experience under his belt, Gatson has provided direction for commercials for brands such as L’Oreal, American Express, Pepsi and Samsung, and has collaborated in several movies including “Living Out Loud”, the famous “Respect” number with Aretha Franklin in “Blues Brothers 2000” and characters in the Disney movie “Hercules”. Gatson has had the opportunity to choreograph and direct music videos, special appearances and tours for the world’s most celebrated artists, including Michael Jackson, J. Lo, Rihanna, Diana Ross, Vanessa Williams, En Vogue, Usher, Mariah Carey and The Band Perry. His dance routines have earned him a record six MTV Video Music Awards for Best Choreography, the most in the awards’ 30-year history.

Gatson’s professionalism, attention to detail and creative vision have been the keys to his success and are some of the many reasons why he has had a 15-year working relationship with R&B superstar, Beyoncé. Since the days of Destiny’s Child, Gatson has been by Beyoncé’s side, transforming her image and developing iconic moves like the hand gesture from “Single Ladies”. In 2012, Gatson was nominated for a Grammy for co-directing Beyoncé’s “I am… Tour,” which became the best-selling music DVD of 2010.

In anticipation of the show’s reopening, Gatson has assembled some of the industry’s most talented individuals to help him bring his vision into reality:

Lead Choreographer – Anthony Burrell

Anthony Burrell has danced alongside several artists, including Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige, Ke$ha, Brandy, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, doing everything from choreographing their live tours to shaping their music videos. Burrell’s television appearances include “So You Think You Can Dance”, “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition”, “Dance Moms” and “Glee”. He has toured the world as a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and also starred in the national Broadway tour of “Come Fly Away”.

Co-Choreographer – Chris Grant

Before Chris Grant turned 21, he had achieved goals and dreams that some could not even imagine.  Not only was he personally chosen by Beyoncé as assistant choreographer for her riveting “I Am… Sasha Fierce” world tour, but was also handpicked by Michael Jackson for his much anticipated “This Is It” tour.  Grant has worked with notable stars including Jennifer Lopez, Alex Gaudino, Keyshia Cole, Brandy and The Band Perry, and has also worked on high profile shows such as “Glastonbury”, “Good Morning America” and the “2011 MTV Video Music Awards”.

 

Co-Choreographer – Danielle Polanco

At the age of 17, Danielle Polanco booked her first professional job with Beyoncé – but that wouldn’t be her last. Polanco is best known for being the leading lady in Omarion’s video “Touch” and for portraying the role of Missy Serrano in the hit movie “Step Up 2: The Streets”. Polanco has also choreographed for Janet Jackson, J. Lo, Usher, Chris Brown, Eve and Estelle, and has appeared as a dancer in more than 20 music videos with top artists such as Lady Gaga, Ne-Yo, LL Cool J, Nelly, Amerie and Kat Deluna. She also performed in the smash hit revival of “West Side Story” on Broadway, in which she played the role of Consuela.

Music Creative Director – Kimberly Burse

With more than 20 years in the entertainment industry, Kimberly Burse knew that she would be involved with music since the early age of seven. Burse has worked for the industry’s most notable record labels including Motown Records, MCA, Sony and Music World Music with some of the industry’s leading recording artists including Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Mary J. Blige and Kelly Rowland.

Production and Lighting Designer – Justin Collie

With over 30 years of experience under his belt, Justin Collie is skilled in all aspects of stagecraft, from equipment set-up and design creation to programming and operating lighting control systems. Collie has worked with artists such as Prince, Bon Jovi, Beyoncé, Green Day, Maxwell and The Beastie Boys.

Graphics and Mapping – Clonwerk

Matching creativity with technology, Clonwerk is one of the industry’s preeminent production companies combining 3D motion graphics and live action.  Founded in 1974, Clonwerk quickly became a contender in different sectors of the entertainment business including live shows, TV, internet and mobile technology. Clonwerk’s innovative thinking and state-of-the-art technology helps them deliver stunning and top quality entertainment to captivate audiences.

Jubilee will perform Sunday – Wednesday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 10 p.m. Tickets range in price from US$62.50 – US$122.50 (additional service fees apply) and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or at any Las Vegas Caesars Entertainment Box Office.

Bally’s Las Vegas

Bally’s Las Vegas is located on the centre of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, across from Caesars Palace and next to Paris Las Vegas. The 44-acre resort features two 26-story hotel towers including the all-new Jubilee Tower and offers 2,814 guestrooms, including 244 suites. The resort features 11 restaurants, a relaxing pool oasis, a lavish spa and casino space featuring a Party Pit, poker room, 1,100 slot machines and a first-class Race & Sports Book known for its stadium-style seating and abundance of high-definition television screens. Entertainment options include Jubilee!, the longest-running show on the famous Las Vegas Strip and the last remaining showgirl production of its kind, as well as VÉRONIC Voices starring female tribute artist Véronic DiCaire. Bally’s Las Vegas is also the new home to a staple in Las Vegas nightlife, the legendary Drai’s After Hours. For more information, please visit ballyslasvegas.com

Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas resorts is represented in Australia by Discover the World.

For more information, please contact Discover the World on (02) 9959 3696, caesars@discovertheworld.com.au or visit www.caesarstravelagents.com

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