Denise Truscello Celine is back at Caesars Palace through Thanksgiving.
. When Celine Dion performs her peerlessly effective show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, she invests a great deal of time standing at the very edge of the stage. That’s a little bit unusual. Her associates on the planet of Las Vegas Strip resident headliners usually invest more time dancing around, or in Elton John’s case, seated at the piano. Dion dances a bit, but primarily sings, obviously, and after 11 years’ worth of shows, she’s still inching closer to the edge of the stage, connecting to connect with her audience as deeply as she possibly can.
I caught program 1,062 on Tuesday night, November 7, the night Dion sauntered over to Omnia Club after her program to sing “My Heart Will Go On” throughout Las Vegas resident DJ Steve Aoki’s set as part of a benefit that raised more than $1 million for the Las Vegas Victims Fund.
Early in her Colosseum show, when she was practically finished with the 1996 hit “Because You Enjoyed Me,” she stopped the song to acknowledge a middle-aged couple that had actually been slow-dancing in the aisles. She called them better, learnt they were commemorating their 25th anniversary, and aimed to stop the wife from bawling like a star-struck teenager:”Don’t sob. It took you hours to put yourself together!” It was the sort of unforgettable minute that creates warm, emotional feelings among fans or triggers skeptics to question whether the people were planted in the audience for maximum result.
But Dion’s performance is so open, earnest and susceptible, such hesitation is out of location. At 49, the Canadian icon’s voice sounds exactly the same as it carried out in 1990, which you can tell when she sings “Where Dows My Heart Beat Now” early in the program, one of her earliest English-language hits that was released that year. She easily produces an arena full of goose bumps with big ballads like “The Power of Love” and “All By Myself,” and deftly turns the 4,000-plus capability theater into an intimate lounge for a fast set of jazz tunes, and later, a warm, acoustic collection. She talks, a lot, and speak about how she talks a lot, and the audience consumes every word. And she’s truly amusing, too.
That style from “Titanic”– which earned Dion additional rave reviews when she performed it at the Signboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena in the spring to commemorate the film’s 20th anniversary– still closes the program, but the powerhouse run of songs leading up to the finale might be the present highlight. She puts on a sexy, spiky, shimmery brief gown, admires Prince with “Kiss” and “Purple Rain,” moves into “Love Can Move Mountains” and a wonderful cover of “River Deep Mountain High,” the wraps it up with a high-energy take on Queen’s “The Program Must Go On,” a song she’s favored because other half and supervisor René Angélil died last year.
Dion’s double residencies at the Colosseum (“A New Day” began in 2003 and “Celine” in 2011) easily position her in the upper tier of all-time great Vegas stars, and her show has actually plainly changed the game on the Strip. She couldn’t have a higher effect on Las Vegas. But she’s still here, on the edge of the stage, offering everything she’s got.
Celine Dion’s next efficiencies at Caesars Palace are set for 7:30 p.m. on November 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22, 24 and 25. For more details, see thecolosseum.com.