Beauty takes many forms. For some, it’s a smile; for others, it’s a warm, affable personality; for others, it’s a sense of humor; and for others, it’s a body that won’t quit. Fantasy, one of the Las Vegas Strip’s longest-running adult revues, combines all these elements into one irresistible, timeless package.
Choreographed by show creator Anita Mann and featuring a cast of lovely, lithe performers, Fantasy, about to celebrate its 23rd anniversary, features all the elements of a must-see show:
• More than a dozen dynamite routines that range from seductive (three women romping on a bed or an acrobat twirling around on a silk rope) and playful (a country romp, complete with hats, boots and chaps) to exhilarating (high-energy moves to hard-rocking hits). In each case, the dancers eventually doff their tops, giving this show its adults-only aspect, and Fantasy’s appeal has no age limit beyond that. Look throughout the crowd at any show and you’ll see couples from the ages of 18 to 90, all having the time of their lives.
• The vocal talents of Lorena Peril, who’s as adept at getting the audience loosened up with her bubbly personality and good-natured ribbing as she is as belting out rousing renditions of “Roxanne” and “Proud Mary.”
• Comedy relief, courtesy of Shayma Tash (who alternates with comedy magician Murray Sawchuck). If you’re near the front row, get ready for Tash to have a little fun at your expense; at a performance I attended, she “borrowed” someone’s purse and, impersonating a Home Shopping Network spokesperson hawking her wares, had a field day displaying its contents.
The show’s dance captain, Yesi Burgess, has been with the production since 2008, and credits the show’s longevity to Mann’s vision. “She definitely understands us,” Burgess told Las Vegas Magazine earlier this year. “She’s an incredible, remarkable woman. She paved the way. She was the first woman to direct cameras on TV and be the boss lady. (She worked on) Solid Gold. I look up to her, and I’m lucky to be working so close to her now because she’s such a mentor to me. I learned a lot from her.”
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