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April 16, 2014

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Fantasy’ puts the hips in hip-hop

If the sequin-rich “Jubilee!” speaks to the past of Las Vegas, the earthy “Fantasy” addresses the present – bridging the space between the old and the new.

Anita Mann’s topless production has evolved since it debuted at the Luxor more than eight years ago, when it was “Midnight Fantasy” and had an Egyptian theme and luxurious dance numbers more in step with the glamour of Vegas familiar to older Las Vegas fans.

Almost three years ago Mann brought in choreographers Cris Judd and Eddie Garcia to revamp the vampish show that features gorgeous, leggy women in various stages of undress and in a variety of scenes that tantalize and titillate fans of all generations.

Since accepting the challenge to improve a production that was already one of the best revues in town, Judd has shown he was up to the task.

Today, “Fantasy” has evolved into a torrid hip-hop version that is exciting to watch, even if you aren’t a fan of hip-hop.

And the show continues to evolve, with new numbers added every four to eight weeks.

Most recent changes included music written by Judd and musical director Darren Sher as well as some new choreography by Judd and Tiger Martina.

The changes were revealed at the annual unveiling of the company’s calendar – this year’s theme “Backstage Pass,” a series of backstage photos shot by Jerry Metellus.

Sean Cooper has been with the company, off and on, from the beginning, providing comic relief with impressions of Tina Turner, James Brown and Michael Jackson, among others.

Cooper himself is an outstanding dancer in his own right.

While it’s hard to beat the cast of dancers for beauty and grace, one of the sexiest members of the show is still vocalist Stephanie Jordan, who never bares her breasts.

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