Cherry Boom Boom Review - An Unexpected Change

   

Cast Photo by PRPlusLV

The Tropicana Theatre, in the Tropicana hotel, is one of the last remaining iconic stages in Las Vegas. It hosted the legendary FOLIES BERGERE for 49 years setting a standard of excellence and high production value for the entire city. MAMA MIA, the long running Las Vegas-Broadway show also shared the space during its 8 year Vegas run. Both shows had tremendous production value and filled the stage with elegance and grace.

The current tenant in the Tropicana Theatre is CHERRY BOOM BOOM, a topless review that hits the audience with high energy, commitment and will power… but little else. A company of 14 dancers, one singer, 2 actors and several specialty acts seen in most every Las Vegas show, make up the show. The dancers have an amazingly high energy level and you can tell that they are totally committed to bringing the audience a good time.

Cherry Boom by PRPlusLV

There is a very thin plot line that attempts to pull the show together, Lover Girl arrives at the Cherry Boom Boom room and well, she's just a small town girl living in a lonely world and manages to get a job working backstage at the club. Lo and behold she meets up with Lover Boy, just a city boy, born and raised in South Detroit and they pantomime their way through the evening, acting out the lyrics to many popular songs as their relationship grows. (For a more in depth look at their relationship arc I suggest watching Rock of Ages)

The specialty acts were very good. A tremendous pole dance by Danielle Watts and a very sexy aerial act performed by Patricia Bouchebel and B.J. Erdmann were the highlights of the show. A MC named Madam H.O.E (Heaven on Earth) gave us the one true moment of showmanship as she opened her mouth and sang. Played by Lena Giroux, she and needs to be utilized more throughout the show. But this was one fleeting moment before the show was back dancing to musical hits.

 

Overall, the theatre was too big for this production. A stage that once held 40 beautiful woman in exquisite costumes dwarf's this cast and set. There were times that the show came close to fulfilling it's promise. A silhouette number, danced behind three giant white screens was very effective. It is similar to the Shadow Bar at Caesar's Palace only on a bigger scale. A mechanical bull was brought on stage at one point and had potential to be very sexy. As to the rest of the numbers, there is a very strong Bob Fosse influence in the choreography throughout, which is not a bad thing, just not very original. At the end of the day, this stage deserves more than pantomime and lip-synching.

Cherry Boom Boom performs nightly, Wednesday through Monday at 9:00pm on the Tropicana Stage at the Tropicana Hotel.

   

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