MGM debuts French import, Crazy Horse’s ‘La Femme’

Jun 11, 2001 12:56 AM

Starting Thursday, the MGM Grand will present a first from Paris: “La Femme,” a show direct from one of the finest nightspots in the world, the original Crazy Horse. Since 1951, Crazy Horse has been famous for its productions celebrating beautiful women and the artistry of the nude. With this Paris icon’s debut at the MGM Grand, “La Femme” establishes a permanent home in the United States.

All 13 dancers in La Femme are members of the original Paris dance troupe. Trained in ballet, the dancers perfectly integrate into the sensuous, provocative choreography of their performances as their bodies are bathed in richly colored and textured lighting designs. The effect is mesmerizing, and as one reviewer describes “a dream that fires the imagination.”

“La Femme combines the ever-increasing level of sophistication of Las Vegas shows with the city’s world-renowned history of featuring beautiful women in its shows,” said Richard Sturm, MGM MIRAGE President/COO of Entertainment and Sports. “La Femme brings the French reverence for sensuality and the famed Parisian sense of style to Las Vegas. This production adds to our city’s list of must-see shows like Siegfried and Roy at The Mirage, ”˜O’ at the Bellagio and ”˜EFX’ at MGM Grand.”

For more than 50 years, this French cultural phenomenon has drawn international celebrities from the worlds of film, music, television, theater, sports and politics, including Madonna, Warren Beatty, Sophia Loren, Eric Clapton, Elizabeth Taylor, Sting and Elvis Presley, to name just a few.

MGM Grand will showcase the production in a new theater at the resort dedicated to La Femme and designed to re-create the one-and-only Crazy Horse located on Avenue George V in Paris. Stage dimensions, interior design, fabric, colors and tabletops will duplicate the original. As does the venue in Paris, the MGM Grand La Femme Theater seats less than 400, creating an intimate environment where guests are fully enveloped in the music and light.

Prior to each evening’s performance of “La Femme,” the audience will be treated to an archival filmed montage of the life and times inside the Crazy Horse, glimpsing Parisian social life over the last half-century.

“La Femme” will play twice nightly, Wednesday through Monday, at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The show is dark Tuesday. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to attend the show. Tickets are $49.