The ‘ul­ti­mate’ ladies’ night

Syd­ney Hot­shots to storm Reef Gate­way Ho­tel with new show

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Louise Shan­non

DE­SPITE the bulging bi­ceps, toned physiques and chis­elled jaws, Hot­shots em­cee Davey Hughes has wit­nessed some of his fel­low per­form­ers leave the stage “look­ing like they’ve just been in a big game of foot­ball”.

The Syd­ney Hot­shots squad, due to per­form at Can­non­vale’s Reef Gate­way Ho­tel next month, are used to a range of re­ac­tions from their en­thu­si­as­tic, mostly fe­male, au­di­ence mem­bers.

Mr Hughes, host of the evening and a Hot­shot him­self for the past 19 years, said some women were quite shy, while some “want to rip off your undies”.

He said the group of per­form­ers – from Lon­don, Ve­gas, Rio, Barcelona and Syd­ney – had all trained in Syd­ney at The Ve­gas Lounge and were very ex­cited to be com­ing to the Whitsundays.

The group is three months into a four-month tour, with a se­ries of new songs and new char­ac­ters in­clud­ing a James Bond adap­ta­tion.

Their new show, Se­cret Fan­tasies, is a two-hour male cabaret per­for­mance with plenty of mu­sic, group and solo rou­tines, dance rou­tines, spec­tac­u­lar light­ing and unique cos­tumes.

“We call it the ul­ti­mate night out for the ladies,” Mr Hughes said.

“You get a bunch of girls to­gether and they come out of their shells and just have a good time. There’s lots of danc­ing and a few lit­tle games that we play.”

Mr Hughes said au­di­ence mem­bers had of­ten told him at the end of a night’s per­for­mance that they had been dragged along by their friends and “it is not my kind of thing, but we’ve had the best time”.

“That is the best com­pli­ment. You get peo­ple who might feel daunted, but we al­ways change their minds,” he said.

Reef Gate­way Ho­tel mar­ket­ing man­ager Mark Wilkins said he was ex­pect­ing a good turnout and en­cour­aged peo­ple to turn up early, have a meal and en­joy a fun night out.

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