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Electrify combines burlesque with rock ‘n’ roll, begins run at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe

Cassandra Walker
cwalker@sierrasun.com

When the sun goes down in Stateline, the volume and lights turn up at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, which sets the stage for talented dancers to dazzle the audience during the resort's new resident show — Electrify: Rock N' Roll Burlesque.

Sultry choreography is paired with classic rock hits for number after number of toe-tapping performance art featuring male and female dancers, aerialists and a drag-queen star host, "Assley Stone."

"The performance is a high-energy, slightly risqué production that turns the heat up. However, it is surprisingly entertaining and different from anything else like it. Guests will walk out having enjoyed a unique show that transported them through the world of rock 'n' roll and they will want to tell their friends about it," said Hard Rock Communications Manager Brandie Warr.

The show held limited preview performances December 28-30, and returns for a longer run on Friday, Jan. 19.

Dancers turned up the heat for a sold-out crowd, opening the evening with two beautiful, sequin-clad women, spinning from a huge metal guitar during a partner aerial routine.

"The show was very good … no, it was fantastic," said Sharon Herman, a Reno local who made the trip to Stateline with her boyfriend to see the number.

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"They blended everything so well, with the rock music and those outfit changes, the transitions were done really well, and the co-ed dancers pulled it all together," she added.

Herman and friends who had seen the show said that having both male and female performers made the evening exciting for everyone in the audience.

"It's such a good date night plan with the gals and the guys, there's something for everyone — I loved the costumes," Herman said.

In addition to covering a range of classic rock hits, the show paid tribute to rock culture through the decades, including a nod to "Wayne's World" and "Grease," a spiced-up version of "Son of a Preacher Man," Elvis and Michael Jackson impersonations, LED costumes in a blackout performance, poi spinners, an Alice in Wonderland-themed "acid trip" performance and more.

Electrify's cast displayed mastery of technical dance and seamlessly delivered challenging choreography with cheeky performances that left the audience laughing, clapping and howling for more.

As songs build, costumes are shed while dancers make use of every inch of the multi-level set and integrate plenty of props for each themed number.

Dancers took to the stage solo, in pairs and in groups for all-women, all-men and co-ed pieces and aerialists took choreography to the air as they twisted and intertwined through suspended props.

This show, designed for a 21-and-older crowd, takes the stage in Vinyl every Friday and Saturday evening at 9 p.m. through March 31. Tickets, which cost $20, and additional information are available online at http://www.hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is found at 50 U.S. 50 on Tahoe's South Shore.

Cassandra Walker is a features and entertainment reporter for the Sierra Sun.

Editor's note: This story has been edited and rearranged by Action Editor Autumn Whitney.

If you go …

What: Electrify Rock N’ Roll Burlesque

When: Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 19 through March 31, 9 p.m.

Where: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Tickets: $20

Info: http://www.hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com