Thunder from Down Under: Australia’s hottest export strikes 10-year extension with MGM Resorts
This summer, Australia’s Thunder from Down Under — the longest-running and highest-grossing male revue in the history of Las Vegas — will bring the ‘Ultimate Girls Night Outback’ to a new level. In a partnership of exceptional proportions, SPI Entertainment has signed a 10-year extension with MGM Resorts International, blazing a new path for Australia’s hottest export. The large-scale partnership will usher in a new chapter for the iconic show — beginning with the opening of ‘Thunderland’ in July and the massive $6 million renovation of its current showroom and show.
“We could not be more thrilled to announce this incredible partnership with MGM Resorts/Excalibur,” said SPI Entertainment Founder and CEO, Adam Steck. “We have the most high-energy crowds in all of Las Vegas — and we cannot wait to bring that excitement to the next level as they experience Thunderland at the Excalibur for the next 10 years and beyond. I am proud that we have pioneered the genre — and moreover, that we continue to set a new standard for it, as audiences will see with this next evolution of the show.”
Billy Cross, show creator and CEO of Cross Promotions International, said, “This is an incredibly exciting time for our brand. What we are bringing to life with Thunderland is going to be a game-changer in entertainment. We have listened to what our audience wants — and although the core fundamentals and brand attributes will stay the same, we are delivering a new and completely elevated experience.”
Designed to transport fans even further into their wildest fantasies, Thunderland will feature three performance stages within the showroom in addition to the main stage — as well as other performance areas throughout the venue. State-of-the-art sound and lighting, special effects, and high-resolution, movable LED screens will further elevate the space, creating a fully immersive experience.
Thunderland will not only cater to more fans, increasing the venue capacity from 375 to 425, it will allow the Aussie stars to give fans more of what they want: The new “Thunder Lounge” will offer exclusive pre- and post- show programing. The performance schedule also will be expanded to accompany the new bigger, bolder venue — in addition to the nightly 9 p.m. shows, new 11 p.m. shows will be added on Thursdays and Sundays during peak times.
The cast size will also expand — and the chiseled performers will be hotter than ever when they take the stage at Thunderland, returning with smoldering new costumes and dance routines.
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James Trudeau, Vice President, Entertainment Booking for MGM Resorts International, said, “Adam and the SPI team have done a tremendous job over the years of producing some of the most entertaining shows on The Strip. We look forward to our extended partnership with SPI and are excited to deliver our castle guests a new entertainment experience in the ‘Thunderland’ showroom.”
A first-of-its-kind innovator in the male revue genre, Australia’s Thunder From Down Under was created in 1988 by Billy Cross, CEO of Cross Promotions International. It proved to be a hit in his native Australia, fueled by a deluge of media buzz including a major profile on “The Phil Donahue Show.” After touring the world, Cross brought the show stateside in 1993 to Las Vegas’ Stardust Casino, where it remained for seven years. It was then that Cross hit it off with SPI Entertainment Founder and CEO, Adam Steck, who attended the show at the Stardust one evening in 1999. From there things only accelerated.
The two joined forces to build and develop Australia’s Thunder From Down Under into one of the most seductive, alluring, and enduring attractions on the Las Vegas Strip. The go-to destination for bachelorette parties, milestone events, or just a fun girls’ night out, the show’s long-running residency at Excalibur began in 2002. The show has since become entrenched in American culture with dozens of national television appearances (and numerous celebrity attendees — including Demi Moore, Kelly Clarkson, and Jessica Biel, among others).
Today, Australia’s Thunder From Down Under is much more than a show — it has become a sensationally scintillating global brand. Cross and Steck have made Thunder From Down Under the No. 1 male revue show in the world — and with tours in Germany, Ireland, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, Guam, Thailand, and Macau, among others, the powerhouse duo have propelled Australia’s hottest export to international acclaim.