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Every girl sometimes needs a little work after a few years and Jubilee! at Bally's Las Vegas is no different. Last Thursday, the iconic showgirl show went dark until "late spring" for a retooling after 32 years of boas, feathers and baubles.
Frank Gatson Jr. is in charge of the makeover that will update the show that includes a scene from the sinking of the Titanic and a tip of the boa to Samson and Delilah.
Gatson Jr. talked a bit about the costumes, designed by Bob Mackie himself, and what will become of them.
"Just to be very clear, I am so lucky to have these Bob Mackie outfits that have been here forever," he tells Robin Leach. "You can't make costumes like that, man. I know some of the beading is welded together. Now they glue stuff together, the boas, the feathers."
Gatson, himself a dancer, says the men's costumes will get a refresh. "We need classic things that transcend time," he says. "I'm tweaking the men's costumes so that they will last another 30 years. I'm a male dancer, and I want to look sexy in my pants, I want to look sexy in my jacket, I want it to fit. … I want to give the guys that little polish."
· Q&A with Frank Gatson Jr., the Man Behind the Jubilee! Makeover [LVS]
· All Uniformity [Racked Vegas]