EXCLUSIVE: How Channing Tatum, Jeff Timmons & Tyson Beckford Are Changing the Face of Las Vegas Male Revues

“Having a guy get into your personal space without knowing them first, for women, is very jarring, so we’ve worked with the guys on how you get women to feel safe in three seconds and establishing trust,” says Espinosa. “We also have our MC, Lyndsay Hailey, who brings humor to it.” Down the road from Magic Mike Live’s home at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Club Domina, Timmons is giving male revues a ’90s pop flavor with his revamped Men of the Strip production at Hard Rock Live on The Strip. Having hosted Chippendales in 2011, the singer and producer noticed groups of 98 Degrees fans were attending — all grown up, noticeably naughtier and ready for a wild night. Inspired to create a male revue with a musical element, he produced Men of the Strip, which came on the back of 98 Degrees’ comeback album 2.0 and summer tour with New Kids on the Block in 2013. The new version of the show, which runs until July 28, then may hit the road, sees him performing 98 Degrees hits, but also showcases its cast members’ vocal abilities. Celebrity guests, including fellow boy banders, soap stars and a comedian, are in talks to make cameos. “What I learned from hosting Chippendalesand seeing some competitors’ shows is that there’s an element, musically, that isn’t included,” says Timmons. “The vocals aren’t as focused on, so my whole thing was to create a fun night incorporating as much music as I can. It still has all the dancing of a male revue, but it’s an edgier boy band model.”

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