ALL THAT GLIT­TERS

Ladies ... the Man­power boys are plan­ning a pil­grim­age to where it all started.

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

IT is a pil­grim­age of sorts — the an­nual re­turn to the Gold Coast where the now in­ter­na­tional jugge­naut that is Man­power first started.

One of the three troupes of buff male en­ter­tain­ers has un­veiled a tour of Aus­tralia start­ing from the end of Jan­uary next year.

It hits the Gold Coast on March 8 at South­port Sharks and founder Billy Cross says for home­grown Man­power stars such as Ed­ward Bran­dli it is no sur­prise for fam­ily to turn up.

“A lot of the boys from here will have their mums and sis­ters come to the show. Ed­ward has his mum liv­ing on the Coast,” he says with a laugh.

“It is al­ways a suc­cess­ful tour, es­pe­cially on the Gold Coast be­cause it is where it all started.”

Dubbed Man­power when on home turf, the over­seas troupes per­form un­der the ti­tle Thun­der from Down Un­der.

It now tra­verses 15 coun­tries ev­ery year in­clud­ing the Nether­lands, US, Ger­many, Canada, Ma­cau, Hong Kong, Thai­land and a res­i­dency in Las Ve­gas at the MGM’s Ex­cal­ibur ho­tel where it has been a fix­ture for 18 years. The Las Ve­gas gig sells out 13 shows a week.

Cross, who was work­ing bar jobs when he started Man­power in the late 1980s with some tradie mates, once said in the early days he had en­vis­aged the con­cept might last “five years tops”.

Al­most 30 years later it en­dures and he says the Aus­tralian tours sell out ev­ery year.

Man­power and Thun­der shows have en­ter­tained mil­lions of women in­clud­ing Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ters Jes­sica Chas­tain, Demi Moore, Ma­lika Haqq, Ken­dra Wilkinson and Holly Ha­gan while also ap­pear­ing on top talk shows in the US.

A lot of the boys from here will have their mums and sis­ters there

Pic­ture: RICHARD DOB­SON

Aus­tralia’s Man­power per­form­ers Ja­son Fly, Ed­ward Bran­dli, Sean Jones, Ryan Paki, Dean Kenn, Sean Batch­e­lor and Stephen Morris.

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