Ever since the huge success of Channing Tatum shaking his groove thing in “Magic Mike” hit the big screen two summers ago, the fascination with all-male revues have escalated with hot shows in Vegas like The Chippendales and Thunder Down Under. (Case in point, watch for “Magic Mike 2” next year in theaters)
But Emmy-nominated choreographer Glenn Douglas Packard is planning on taking the all-male revue to new heights and a new 2-hour docu-soap airs tonight on the E! network, “Men Of The Strip.”
In the film, Packard, along with former 98 Degrees singer Jeff Timmons and entrepreneur “Money Mike” Foland, went on the hunt for the perfect group of guys to build a new kind of strip show. I talked to Packard last week to find out how the show will be different from the others, what makes the perfect male dancer and whether it’s safe to assume most of the dancers are gay. Here are five things I learned about what we’ll see in the project.
Is it all about the best bodies? Packard searched high and low to find the best men for the job. “I searched the sexiest venues in the United States and I saw hundreds and hundreds of beautiful men,” he explained, “but this kind of project and what I was doing with ‘Men of the Strip’ was trying to take male revue to another level in 2014…in a short term it’s not about the body and about their dancing but it’s also about their personalities.”
How gay is the ‘Men Of The Strip?’ “What’s awesome is the captain of their ship is gay,” Packard said of himself, “so they are a huge supporters of the LGBT [community] and so we talk about that a lot. Then the guys are all about supporting and then there’s guys in the audience, the guys know to go up to those guys, show them a big time, do exactly what they would do to a woman…that room is about that person and so they go in there to entertain anybody who comes into that room.”
How gay can a strip show be? Some gay guys may not want to share their strippers with a bridal shower full of horny women but Packard already has a solution. “When I did the search, I was casting two shows. I was casting the Men of the Strip and I was also casting another show called Boot and Boys. With Men of the Strip, all my guys love women and Boot and Boys, all of my guys love men.
Stripper boot camp anyone? How do you change up a tried-and-true show like an all-male strip show? “I’m taking it up a notch with the production with their stripper boot camp they all have to go through,” Packard said. “They get trained in all styles of dance. So these guys have to go through the stripper boot camp in order to even get on stage.”
Surprises once the cameras started filming? Packard admitted he heard the answer ‘no’ a lot when first pitching the project before he found a home at the E! network. “E took a major chance on doing a show because what they learned over the few months of filming and getting to know these guys, was how much more they are than just a bunch of strippers. There’s so much more to these guys.” Packard also revealed that there is always a chance that we could see more of “Men Of The Strip” on TV if the 2-hour docu-soap is a hit.
Will Packard take it off for the show? Unfortunately not at this point but we do see Packard working with the dancers including demonstrating the moves and how to amp up the sexy. But if we get to see more of the “Men Of The Strip” down the line, you never know!
“Men Of The Strip” airs Sunday at 10pm on E!
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