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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!

Source: Las Vegas Weekly

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Photos from MÜS.I.C. Grand Opening at Monte Carlo

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! :D

Gallery Link
- MÜS.I.C.: Grand Opening at Monte Carlo Resort (October 22)

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Jabbawockeez talk MÜS.I.C




Jabbawockeez official Cocktail – JABBA NO WOCKEE

Available at Ignite Lounge and HIT Bar & Lounge at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino

Ingredients: Vodka, soda and splash of cran

Source: PR News Wire

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JBWKZ Premieres New Show ‘MUS.I.C.’ at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino October 22

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.”

Source: Daily Markets

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Jabbawockeez on Fox 5 News Las Vegas

The video I posted earlier had a problem, so you can watch the video of the Jabbawockeez appearing on Fox 5 News at the site by click here.

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2 Videos from MUS.I.C at Monte Carlo

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NappyTabs Preview “MÜS.I.C” at The Monte Carlo

Aww, Sin City! Home of the $3 steak and eggs breakfast, Keno heaven, slots at McCarran Airport and some of the finest entertainment venues in the world. We caught up with celeb choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. to talk about their latest project with The Jabbawockeez. Having already had multiple sold out runs at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, The Jabbawockeez are now putting up a permanent residence at The Monte Carlo Resort and Casino beginning October 7, 2010. From Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew to headliners in Las Vegas, The Jabbawockeez are in demand and so are NappyTabs.

When asked about getting ready for the opening of this new show called MÜS.I.C (Muse I See), Napoleon said, “It’s crazy. We have a lot of technical and creative stuff to finish. We were at the MGM and did 30 days in May and the beginning of June and then a one-week run in June and then another one-week run in August. That show we put up in 8 days and it wasn’t really what we wanted even though it sold out. It was a great show and people loved it but it still wasn’t exactly where we wanted it to be. So we’ve changed the set a lot, added a lot. It’s much more technical and the stage here in bigger.” The new production showcases the Jabbawockeez but also includes some ABDC favorites as well. Napoleon said, “There are 7 members of the Jabbawockeez and then there are 4 members of SuperCr3w (three of their members are from Las Vegas and one is not). We have one guy who swings two dancers who is from Vegas but went down to L.A. and came back to Vegas and was in L.O.V.E. and then another member of Kaba Modern who also is a swing for the boys.”

Tabitha previewed what people can expect from the show and said, “I think it’s definitely a higher production value. We’ve added some brand new numbers and it just feels thematically…that it just carries the theme throughout a little bit more.” Napoleon added, “The show is called MÜS.I.C. (Muse I See) which thematically is how music tells the story and how music brings it to life and the boys are the actual visual to the music. In short, the concept is about how an everyday person can do what they dream and that behind the mask they’re just regular people. And when they put the mask on, they’re in their own world. They hear music a certain way and anyone can be a part of that.” Tabitha added, “The show is really about believing in yourself.” The show opens tomorrow, October 7, 2010, so make sure to get your tickets today. The Jabbawockeez are performing one show per day, 5 days a week and the show is dark Monday and Tuesday. To purchase tickets click HERE!

Source: Dance Track Magazine

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