The JabbaWockeez make their triumphant return to the Las Vegas Strip at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, and Zap2it was given an all-access, behind-the-masks pass to see the show and speak to the dancers.
The original “America’s Best Dance Crew” winners fill the void left by illusionist Lance Burton with their own brand of stage magic. They’ve described their show as “the audio-visual story of inspiration brought to life through the harmonization of sound and movement.”
Besides the massive, bright signage all over the Monte Carlo, it’s easy to see that this is Wockeez Land from the wealth of merchandise to be had. T-shirts, caps and of course those somewhat unsettling, expressionless white masks are available to all. While browsing through the accessories, we hear a young fan wearing a mask say that he’s going to be one of the Wockeez when he grows up.
MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew Season 1 winners Jabbawockeez have achieved headliner status on The Strip, with their MUS.I.C. (pronounced “muse, I see”) at the Monte Carlo in a theater shared with comedy impressionist Frank Caliendo and formerly the home of magician Lance Burton.
The eight-member dance crew celebrated a grand and VIP opening Friday night, which drew Caliendo, Jabbawockeez and award-winning choreographers Nappytabs (husband-and-wife Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo), local media, cast members from Fantasy at the Luxor, Phantom — the Las Vegas Spectacular at The Venetian, Jersey Boys at the Palazzo and Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance.
Thanks to contributing photographer Erik Kabik for his red carpet photos. Ben “B-Tek” Chung of Jabbawockeez, who had a successful run at MGM Grand over the summer, chatted with Vegas DeLuxe ahead of the soiree.
Don Chareunsy: Congratulations on Jabbawockeez’s first headliner show on The Strip. How does it feel to be a Strip headliner?
Ben Chung: It’s truly a dream come true! From the very beginning of the Jabbawockeez, we have always had a huge vision for what we would like to accomplish. We just have so much we want to share with the world, so being blessed with the opportunity to put on a big production like this — we definitely will not let our fans down!
I apologize for not adding these earlier, but I’ve added photos from Jabbawockeez MÜS.I.C. Grand Opening at Monte Carlo on October 22nd. The photos are great, so check them out!
- MÜS.I.C.: Grand Opening at Monte Carlo Resort (October 22)
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Back by popular demand, Jabbawockeez, the world-famous dance crew, will premiere its groundbreaking show “MÜS.I.C.,” at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino on Friday, Oct. 22. The critically acclaimed show, described as an audio-visual story of inspiration brought to life through the harmonization of sound and movement, quickly became a sold-out success during its initial runs. Settling into their new home at the Monte Carlo Theater, the Jabbawockeez stake their claim on the Las Vegas Strip.
Tickets priced at $79, $59 and $49, not including applicable service charges and taxes, are on sale and are available at any Monte Carlo box office outlet. To charge by phone, call (877) 386-8224 or (702) 730-7160. Tickets also are available for purchase online at www.montecarlo.com and www.ticketmaster.com.
“The Monte Carlo family welcomes Jabbawockeez as they bring their high-energy dance production and entertaining show to the stage nightly,” said Anton Nikodemus, president and COO of Monte Carlo. “Adding them to our list of performers brings an enhanced level of excitement to the resort and will provide guests with another sensational entertainment option.”
Fred Nguyen, president and principal owner of JBWKZ, LLC also states, “We are honored to become a part of the prestigious MGM Resorts International family. We are excited to bring a new element to the Las Vegas Strip. Headlining a show at a resort like Monte Carlo has always been our dream, so it becoming a reality for us is truly humbling.”
Jabbawockeez has developed a one-of-a-kind style that has not only provided a new culture to the dance industry, but changed the way people view dance. Dressed in expressionless white masks and white gloves, they guide the audience’s attention away from individual identities and toward a unified group to create a canvas for the audience to visualize the music by painting artistic imagery through their intricate moves. After being crowned the original champions of MTV’s “Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew,” their unmatched talent and captivating style quickly became a fan favorite with their stardom even reaching international fame. Through their coveted title, they have appeared on numerous television shows including “Dancing With The Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Regis & Kelly,” “The TODAY Show,” “E! News,” “America’s Next Top Model” and “MTV.”
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