Because it opened inside the Axis at World Hollywood resort in early 2016, Jennifer Lopez: All I Have actually has been hailed as one of the most energetic headliner productions of Las Vegas’ modern entertainment era– a full-scale singing and dancing display for its smoldering star. It has also become the most hip-hop-influenced homeowner show the Strip has actually ever seen.
Other dance-centric productions like Jabbawockeez and Michael Jackson One share the inspiration. But the JLo program– which just started selling tickets for 2018 dates from February through June– is saturated with hip-hop culture, not a big surprise considering both the star and the sound were born in the Bronx. Lopez didn’t simply mature with the music, dancing, art and attitude all around her; she took part in every chance. When a fly woman, always a fly girl.
All I Have starts strong with a glammed-up “If You Had My Love,” however it truly takes off when a musical interlude including the unmatched voice of Kid Capri presents a New York City train scene where JLo drops electricifying versions of “I’m Real,” “Feelin’ So Good” and “Jenny From the Block”– the latter fueled by that infectious Beatnuts sample– and keeps everyone dancing, transforming the Axis into the most significant club in Vegas. Hip-hop is constantly borrowing from funk, soul, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll, therefore does the show, with JLo capably moving from sexy balladeer to reggaeton booty-shaker to James Brown-esque bandleader. She can do all of it, however provided the chance to create a major spectacular that represents her story and style, it’s clear JLo’s heart remains with hip-hop. Jennifer Lopez: All I Have at the Axis at World Hollywood, September 6-October 7.