“Cherry Boom Boom” Closes After Six Weeks at Tropicana

The “Tropicana Curse” is apparently alive and well, as the over-hyped “Cherry Boom Boom” has closed after a six week run.

The topless revue, which described itself as “awe-inspiring, immersive, engaging and interactive,” opened Sep. 12, 2016 and closed on Oct. 26, 2016.

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“Cherry Boom Boom” featured the classic story of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, girl meets feathers.

“Cherry Boom Boom” suffered from an all-too-common affliction in Las Vegas entertainment, high costs and disappointing ticket sales. Read more.

The closing of “Cherry Boom Boom” brings our number of Las Vegas Shows That Have Closed in 2016 (Or Will) to a jarring 23.

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We would personally be willing to volunteer our time to do these exit interviews.

The official Twitter account of “Cherry Boom Boom” claims the show is “in transition, but not over.” Granted, Las Vegas was built on optimism, but you know better than to hold your breath on that one.

“Cherry Boom Boom” wasn’t a bad show. The dancers were talented, and the choreography and production values were solid. The biggest disconnect came from the fact that although it was a topless revue, the toplessness was the least appealing part of the show. That’s the last thing we ever expected us to say, trust us.

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Don’t get us started about the show’s pointless “comedia del arte” actors.

Similar shows like “X Burlesque” at Flamingo and “Fantasy” at Luxor have endured for years on The Strip, but the secret sauce for success is elusive, and the adage “sex sells” doesn’t always prove to be true in such a competitive market.

We trust the talented dancers in “Cherry Boom Boom” will all find new gigs, and we’ll be curious to see how Tropicana’s next effort, “Band of Magicians,” fares. By that, of course, we mean, “We know how it’s likely to fare, but we’re trying to not be a buzzkill all the time.”

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  • Photoncounter

    Totally agree on the revue of the show and not at all surprised on the closing. I saw the show right after it opened. It was amusing, not great, not bad. Bought a “half price ticket”, one of the general admission seats. When the theater opened they told me to take any seat in the front row! I knew then the show was in trouble. Maybe 100 people attending on a Saturday night. I doubt the ticket sales paid the light bill.

    The choreography was great, girls were pretty, storyline very confused. It was trying to be a topless show but also trying to be a broadway show, I think. Pick one or the other. Broadway shows don’t do well in town. Topless shows have to be spectacular. This had too many negatives to survive.

    • Steven Brown

      This is a problem for a lot of shows in Vegas. There are a number of shows in which poor ticket sales doomed them (Case in point, Jubilee.) after many years of success. When I was out there a few weeks ago, I saw Mac King and the showroom he’s now in (They’ve put the show in the main showroom.) is much too large for the show. The front seating area was barely a third full and there were a few booths in the middle of the theatre being used. His show would probably be better suited to a smaller space like the former Improv space. In some cases, shows need to start out in a smaller venue in order the grow the show. If you’re playing to 100 folks on a Saturday night (no telling how many of those tickets were discounted or comped), either the marketing and promotions aren’t working or you’re in too big of a venue. But you also have shows that become hits right out of the gate like Absinthe.

      • Right on all counts, as usual. Would hate to see a venue that’s too large hurt a show like King’s.

    • Agree with that assessment.

  • Steven Brown

    The Trop is cursed and the only way to reverse the curse is to bring back Folies Bergère. About the only successful entertainment they have since was when Brad Garrett has his comedy club there which moved across the street because it was so successful.

  • Looks like there were over 20 people in the cast. Payroll must have been huge.

  • Bouldersteve

    Was this a Tropicana production or was it 4 walled..a independent production that rented the room.

    • Believe it was a four wall. Very few shows in Vegas are produced/owned by the resort.

  • yetis911

    The Vegas show is on its way out, just as triple zero roulette is on its way in. Shows cannot cover their cost, when the space can be used for meeting/ convention or night clubs. The Trop would make more money turning the theater into the inside portion of Nikki Beach.

    • Quite possible! Some shows are doing well, but it seems rather hit and miss of late.