Casinos ready for
‘naughty’ revues?

Nov 20, 2006 4:52 AM

I killed a man in Reno, just to watch him die.

No, wait! I attended a show in Reno and it gave me this idea. (Damn you Walk the Line on the in-house hotel movie channel).

Here is the production’s recipe: take one part Six Flags Amusement Park on-the-half-hour variety show format, one wisp of Carnival Cruise Ship set and costume design, a pinch of off-Broadway razzmatazz (jazz hands everyone!) and six sets of ample breasts (that’s 12 bosoms for the math impaired).

The theatrical endeavor I saw in the comfy confines of Sammy’s Showroom was Harrah’s Reno’s "Rock this Ride." There were two male singers who looked remarkably like the two Corey’s in their circa 1988 prime, one hideously pale white guy comedian/ventriloquist (a "blue" version of Harrah’s perpetually indentured Ron Lucas) with a sassy black dummy named "Sister Girl," and six dancers (thus the dozen bosoms).

Having a 1990 Corvette "rocked" — I think somebody else has the rights to the word "pimped" — out in a Northern Nevada garage was the basis of the plot, plus the 12 bosoms.

Although I am writing this article at a car repair shop in Reno, I am not seeing a statuesque blond getting a bubbly sponge bath in a kiddy pool from five other amply endowed, nubile young women like during one of the many plausible Rock this Ride revue scenes.

Harrah’s Reno wisely follows the pattern set by "Jubilee" and other big production shows to appeal to the greatest number of guests. The early show at 8 p.m. is a corny covered show titled Let the Good Times Roll, while the fore mentioned late show at 10 p.m. is truly for adults only.

Further, unlike Las Vegas, the pricing is reasonable. Both shows respectively cost about $30, but there are plenty of two-fers/bogos and packages (e.g., the inclusion of a $15 dinner buffet bundled with the show ticket is only $3 more).

Sure, I like writing about bosoms, but the point of this piece is to raise a question. Would the Colorado Casinos, especially the larger properties that have the space to host a show, benefit from producing the theatrical equivalent of a Christina Aguilera-ized Branson, Missouri two-in-the-afternoon spectacle (with bosoms)?

The answer is a definitive "yes." One of the limitations of the Colorado casino towns is that there is little else to do for entertainment besides gamble. To be fair, both Central City and Cripple Creek have museums and opera houses, but for something a little less cerebral, the Colorado gaming market doesn’t offer much.

A little naughty, properly produced night time showcase, might extend the gaming day for the host casino’s players by serving as a time-draw.

If Colorado casinos followed the Harrah’s Reno paradigm, a novel entertainment dynamic could be added to the Colorado gaming experience.

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