Magic Mike Live is coming to Miami: Magic Mike Live preview
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When you hear the first notes fall on Ginuwine’s R&B classic “Pony,” I’m willing to bet an image probably springs to mind: Channing Tatum in magic mike gracing us with her chiseled abs, silky smooth shoulders, and what can only be described as a masterclass in the art of the sexy yet graceful hip thrust.
You could argue that the only thing better than watching this one-legged jump and grind on your TV screen is experiencing it in person. To Magic Mike live you can. After years of sold-out shows in Las Vegas, London and beyond, Magic Mike Live: The Tour heads to Miami for a six-month tour, with a show that offers much more than the film’s all-male review.
“Ultimately, we chose Miami because of the richness and diversity of the community and the incredible energy that seems to emanate from the city every night,” says Vincent Marini, executive producer of Magic Mike Live ( mml). “We felt we could add to that energy and bring a little more ‘magic’ to Magic Town.”
Debuting in Miami on October 13, Magic Mike Live immerses viewers in a genre-defying performance with live music, aerial acts, acrobatics and lots – I repeat lots – of sexy, often shirtless men dancing to a sensual but playful choreography.
But the stunning visuals go beyond the six-packs, starting with the venue itself. The entire Miami Marine Stadium was purpose-designed and custom-built for MML’s North American tour. The show will take place in the world’s largest spiegeltent (a traveling tent constructed primarily of wood and canvas), seating 600 people in a multi-story structure.
“You’ll find almost all of the same technologies and special touches that you can find in one of our non-touring resident productions,” says Marini. “For example, the lighting grid above the main stage opens up so a full drum kit can drop down from the ceiling. We’re making it rain inside for one of the numbers. There’s a two-story bar that is the center of attention of the Candy Shop scene [and] plexiglass ledges along the upper level, where dancers can perform so every seat can be in the middle of the action.
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The South Florida crowd will also have their own surprises so regular guests are guaranteed a different experience, including new cast members, dance numbers and a new aerial routine, plus a band- its remixed with what Marini describes as “a bit of Latin flair”.
“Magic Mike Live is constantly evolving and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible,” says Josh Williams, the show’s dancer and vocalist. “The creative team takes elements from every new show they create and makes them more exciting and fresh… We’ll definitely get a nod or two to the vibrant cultures of Miami and South Florida, every fan favorites, and a couple of new tricks up our sleeves.
Other Miami-specific features include a new experience that invites VIP guests to an exclusive after-party in a personalized VIP lounge, where they can meet the cast guys, enjoy live music and sip specially crafted cocktails. for the MML audience. The MML team has also partnered with Meat N’ Bone to create Wildfire, the first-ever dining experience adjacent to an MML venue. There, guests can start or end their evening with craft cocktails and a variety of steaks and seafood, including specialties like Japanese Wagyu Nigiri and Wildfire Tartare.
“MML is so much more than people imagine,” says Marini. “It’s hot, it’s surprising, it’s literally the best time of my life.”
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Whether it’s for a birthday, bachelorette party, or just because, if you’re planning a trip to Miami, several hotels in the city are now offering special vacation packages that include tickets to Magic Mike Live.
At Shelborne South Beach, the party starts with a custom cabana rental by the pool, filled with heart-shaped pool floats, pink towels, skewers of fresh fruit and an inflatable cooler filled with ice, seltzer and rosé. Before heading to Magic Mike live, groups can enjoy in-room dining, and if they’re nursing a hangover the next day, they’ll appreciate the delivery of baked goods and recovery coffees from David’s Cafecito. To prolong the party, the hotel can also organize a prosecco pong tournament by the pool.
For friends who want to be pampered, there’s the Final Fiesta package at Gabriel South Beach, which welcomes them to Miami with a bag full of body butters, face masks and hair masks. The hotel can also arrange a glam crew to make sure everyone looks their best for the show and a pre-show mixology class to get the party started.
Meanwhile, at the Gabriel Miami, the gang can be greeted in a fully decorated and festive room, with champagne, small bites and desserts to prepare for a night on the town. The next day, guests will find the perfect hangover cure with an in-room high-carb breakfast, chilled coconut water and Liquid IV packets, and a relaxing poolside setup. with diamond ring shaped floats.
At the Balfour Hotel, the Havana Honeys package immerses groups in Miami’s Cuban culture with floral headbands or markers upon arrival and a specially curated playlist of songs by Gloria Estefan, Camila Cabello and Pitbull. The team at Mehzcla, the hotel’s Latin-inspired restaurant, is also offering to help prepare for the MML show with a mixology demonstration, where they’ll whip up traditional Cuban mojitos.
And if you want to get in touch with your inner Magic Mike, there’s the THesis Hotel Miami vacation package that starts with a glass of champagne and a Magic Mike-inspired dance class. You’ll also be treated to a poolside “single butler” to attend to your every need and come showtime, you’ll arrive in style with a hotel-organized shuttle.
No matter which package you choose – or don’t choose – Miami is clearly ready to turn up the heat even more than it normally does.
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Jessica Poitevien is a Thrillist contributor.