Monday, Feb. 26, 2018|2 a.m.
. The longest running program on the Las Vegas Strip is doing something it’s never done before. Now in its 35th season, the renowned musical tribute “Legends in Show”– a fixture on the Boulevard considering that 1983– began using a fresh set of legends in early February, including Elvis, Aretha Franklin, Sting and Michael Jackson. The first-time occasion is who’s playing the King of Pop and how he’s playing it.
Sixteen-year-old experience Nathanial Cullors started singing Jackon’s songs professionally at age 12 in the Broadway and touring productions of “Motown: The Musical.” That gig scored him some benefit direct exposure through a TV area on “Little Big Shots” with Steve Harvey, where he blew audiences away with his rendition of “Who’s Lovin’ You” and got the attention of the producers of “Legends,” who had actually been searching for a teen MJ to contribute to the program for years.
“‘ Who’s Lovin’ You’ is my preferred song however I think ‘Dancing Device’ is my preferred to carry out,” says Cullors. “The majority of the tribute artists are flat-footed vocalists. They’re not dancing around as much. Elvis moves around however he’s not constantly dancing, and me, I’m literally dancing the whole time, even moving in a certain way throughout the ballad. So at the end I can get truly exhausted and I have to close it out with this power ballad and it’s sort of hard. However ‘Who’s Lovin’ You’ is such a good song and everybody understands it, so you don’t want to mess it up.”
Thumbnails Gallery Cullors sings an assortment of early Jackson strikes before that grand ending, from “I Desired You Back” to “ABC” to “The Love You Conserve” to “I’ll Be There” to “Shake Your Body.” He was born in Japan and moved all over the states due to his dad remaining in the military and he lives in San Antonio now, however the articulate teenager with the magnetic phase existence states he’s always been a performer.
“I constantly wished to perform or amuse people in some type of method, just making them laugh or singing, which I’ve been doing given that I could talk,” he states. “But I was a good kid in school. It was good to be clever as well as make individuals laugh.”
He’s only been in Las Vegas for a few brief weeks– and his “Legends” run has been extended from mid-May through completion of June– however Cullors is feeling comfy on the Flamingo display room stage and is intending to invest a lot more time on the Strip.
“It’s my very first time and I like it. I’m definitely planning on moving here later on down the line. It’s a lot more convenient and less expensive to live than other locations however still has that city feel,” he says. “I do not believe the entire scale or scope of it has actually struck me yet as much as it should. Being 16 playing on the Strip is fantastic, however to likewise remain in the longest running show and playing Michael Jackson is a lot more.”
“Legends in Concert” plays at various times Saturday through Thursday in the Donny and Marie Display Room at the Flamingo (3555 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-777-2782) and more information can be discovered at caesars.com.