Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)


Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)


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STRAIGHT from the Aussie backyard to Las Vegas and back again Co our Aussie men are rocking it on the big stage and are heading to Gladstone for another sold-out tour.

Manpower has been the dominant live male revue for the past 20 years and with shows throughout America, Asia, Europe and Australia, women will be screaming at the top of their lungs for a piece of the action.

With dynamic dancing and state-of-the-art lighting, the fully choreographed two-hour stage spectacular has been wooing women all over the world since 1989.

Now one of Australia's most successful entertainment exports, Manpower Australia has three troupes of entertainers touring simultaneously worldwide.

With annual seasons booked in Reno, Atlantic City, Canada and Russia, it seems the world cannot get enough of our Aussie men.

The Observer caught up with long-time Manpower veteran Adam Hughes, who has been touring with the group for the past 10 years.

"We haven't been to Gladstone in two years so hopefully this year will be bigger and better than ever," Adam said.

A former school teacher, he is a male dancer with Manpower and has been enjoying the job (and perks) ever since.

The on-stage routines include Firemen, Spartan warriors, Pirates and a Funky 70's number.

"Manpower is the number one revue show in the world, which is good," he said.

"It is good to see Australians top something again. Besides cricket and rugby that we're good at, it is good to know that we are still good at taking our clothes off."

Keeping in shape while on tour is essential for the boys and Adam says they try to stop off at a gym in every town to train.

"When we are in Gladstone we will get a gym hook-up there. We try to work out every day," he said.

Career highlights for Adam include performing in Las Vegas and appearing on the Ellen show and The View.

Female fans of the group often refer to the boys as Cycandy for your eyes' and with smashing good looks, toned bodies and charm a mile long it is hard to take your eyes off them. …

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