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Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018|2 a.m.
. Recently Diana Ross has gone back to the Las Vegas Strip for highly effective concert performs at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, at the Venetian Theater and late last year, at her present home at Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. She’s set for 5 more programs there (finishing up Feb. 24) and when she released this latest series on Feb. 7, she took a while at the end of the show to respond to questions from an enchanted audience that could not help but dance along to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Benefit Down” and a first repetition of Gloria Gaynor’s disco impressive “I Will Survive.”
” How I began? Oh, that’s an actually long story,” she shouted back to one fan who would have liked nothing more than to keep Ross onstage all night. “I matured in the Brewster jobs in Detroit and I think I was 16 when we first auditioned for Berry Gordy, and he told us to go back to school. He didn’t have any time for us whatsoever.”
She did, naturally, go back to school, but she went back to the famous Motown founder’s offices, too. The rest is music history. “Our first trip was the Motown Revue and after that it was the Penis Clark Caravan of Stars. But we were not the stars. Smokey Robinson was the star.”
It’s difficult to believe anybody might outshine Ross, who at age 73 remains the attractive, girlish, smiling star who sang her way into our musical minds and memories through several various ages. After coming out to “I’m Coming Out” and cooing her way through Spiral Starecase’s “More Today Than Yesterday” during that opening night show last week, a green-sequined Ross dove into Motown favorites tape-recorded with the Supremes, including “Come See About Me,” “Infant Love” and “Stop! In the Name of Love.” Her ageless voice was strong from the start, however she exceeded and beyond for “Touch Me in the Early morning” and later “Love Hangover,” once she had actually re-emerged in an even more fantastic and sparkling purple dress. “I have not used this dress in 10 years,” she humble-bragged between songs. (By the way, she looks fantastic.)
Hits of her own (” Do You Know Where You’re Going To” from “Mahogany”) and from others (” The Appearance of Love”) continued coming– as did white and black clothing– up until the fast Q&A gave way to “Connect and Touch,” and after that Ross slowly made her method off the phase, versus the pleading of her fans. She invited all of us to come back and see again, which is a pretty terrific idea.
” Diana Ross: Unlimited Memories” continues at 8 p.m. Feb. 16, 17, 21, 23 and 24 at Wynn’s Repetition Theater (3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-770-9966). More details can be discovered at wynnlasvegas.com.