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Monday, February 23, 2009

Club Mwah offers Vegas-style shows

Las Vegas, known as The Entertainment Capital of the World, draws travelers to experience the best of both worlds in this city that never sleeps. It is festooned with everything naughty and nice: Grand hotels, restaurants, shops, glitzy neon lights, casinos and night clubs, quick-hitch wedding chapels and fabulous shows. Depending on whatever takes your fancy, Las Vegas has everything. It has circus shows, huge concerts, dance extravaganzas from sunrise to sunset. Las Vegas is the biggest razzmatazz in the world.

Maybe one of the most watched shows in Las Vegas is the show girl extravaganza where beautiful women, clad in bejeweled headdresses and elaborate outfits, sing and dance in front of eager audiences. According to Destination360 on the Internet that lists Las Vegas shows, “the infamous Las Vegas Show Girls are the highlight of many musical shows and topless reviews. Their elaborate costumes, singing and aerobic ability combine to create a truly enjoyable Las Vegas entertainment experience.”

However, one does not need to go to Las Vegas to enjoy this pompous extravaganza. In the local club scene, there is always Club Mwah that produces high caliber shows at par with those in Las Vegas and even in New York and Paris. Its shows, mostly influenced by Las Vegas, Broadway and movie musicals, continue to receive accolades from critics making Club Mwah a by-word among tourists, balikbayan and urban culture-vultures who want to experience a different kind of world-class entertainment.

Club Mwah features spectacular shows ranging from the ‘30s Las Vegas classics, Dream Girls, Don Quixote, Little Mermaid to Broadway hits.

Its latest offering, Bedazzled 8, is another hit among audiences. Based on its rousing initial reviews, Bedazzled 8 has once again affirmed Club Mwah’s world-class artistry.

What makes Bedazzled 8 click?

All the numbers inspired by Broadway and movie hits are given a fresh take and reinvention by the widely-traveled choreographer/costume designer/director Cris Nicolas. A hit presentation is Madonna’s Shanti, Shanti which is given an Indian touch with Queen Sheba and her 16 arms riding on an elephant, complete with fabulous set, costumes, props and dance steps. Another number that should not be missed is the spoof of Miss Saigon that is retained from Bedazzled 6 as well as Cell Block Tango which has a revised blocking. All That Jazz by Bob Fosse is awesomely fantastic.

Bedazzled 8’s excerpt of the Broadway musical Don Quixote de la Mancha with Dulcinea singing The Impossible Dream with complete props receives thumbs up sign from audiences. Its C’est Si Bon number with a Cadillac on stage is classy. The Samba number tickles audiences’ ballroom dancing bones and makes them want to dance with the performers. The Dream Girls impersonators clad in stunning orange gowns are a sight to behold. The show ends with the songs We Are What We Are and Sing Sing Sing.

Club Mwah first opened its doors to the public four years and six months ago. When Club Mwah presented a Follies de Bergere-Ziegfeld Follies concept, it quickly caught the attention of foreign visitors and upscale Filipino party-goers. The Ziegfeld Follies were a series of elaborate theatrical productions inspired by the Folies Bergeres of Paris. Billed as Follies de Mwah, the costumes, sets and choreography are truly first class. The only thing different is a group of performers who are mostly gays and transsexuals and three or four real girls.

Club Mwah has been recognized for its high-level of artistry with awards such as The Most Entertaining Club in Asia and Global Excellence Award which were both given by The Asia Pacific Award Council. Club Mwah is the only accredited Tourism Entertainment Club in the country that offers good clean fun with opulent first-rate entertainment. It has also received three international awards and is dubbed “Asia Pacific’s Most Outstanding Entertainment Club.”

Club Mwah is located at 3/F The Venue, 652 Boni Ave., Mandaluyong City. It is open 7 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday and shows start at 9 p.m. For reservations, call 535-7943 or 532-2826. For details, visit its website at



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