With only one pause – for a solo cover of “Greatest Love of All” – the Eldorado’s “Dance Inferno” serves up non-stop, rapid-fire, sometimes-exhilarating, sometimes-exhausting disco.
This is one of those casino revues that works tirelessly to please, capturing an era that many still hold dear (and many others still question what it was all about).
The essential nature of disco music, of course, is that it’s meant for dancing. It’s rarely the first stop for meaningful lyrics exhibiting deep, complex feelings. The genre is about spectacle, and depending on one’s appreciation of it, it can either mesmerize or overwhelm.
The same can be said of the Reno casino’s “Dance Inferno,” a 70-minute show performed by a talented and eager dance troupe of nine – with a quartet of singers – celebrating the music of ABBA, The Village People and The Bee Gees.
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The revue also employs galloping medleys of past hits, including songs by Sister Sledge to Gloria Gaynor.
While its cast is excellent all around, “Dance Inferno” is one of those shows where audience appreciation isn’t just expected, it’s implored. “Are you enjoying the show so far?” a voice asks from the stage. Measured applause from the crowd leads to the inevitable: “You can do better than that. Did you have a good time tonight? I can’t hear you.”
Standing, moving, and grooving is also encouraged, but most audiences members are usually content just to take in the sounds of the ’70s. Not everybody has to sway and scream to enjoy a show.
“Dance Inferno’s” physically demanding choreography, is, as expected, true to the times, and yes, it includes the John Travolta “Saturday Night Fever” finger point. Costumes are appropriately bright, tight and well suited for these 21st century ambassadors of “Me Generation” music.
(7 p.m. Tuesdays through Sunday; 9:30 p.m. Saturdays; $28.55-$45.05; eldoradoreno.com)
Also in Reno
As part of its annual “Country Crossroads” celebration this weekend, the Nugget is opening Gilley’s, a new incarnation of the classic dance hall complete with BBQ, “Gilley Girls” and a mechanical bull.
Gilley’s replaces Trader Dick’s, the old-fashioned, fish-netted Polynesian restaurant.
Mickey Gilley has been in town to perform and christen the club. The Eli Young Band plays tonight in the Rose Ballroom (9 p.m.; $50, $55), and Terri Clark and Neal McCoy play the ballroom Saturday (9 p.m.; $35, $40; janugget.com).