What a week it's been so far here in Las Vegas! I came here to celebrate my 40th Birthday, but I had the honor to leave my 30s on a high note, taking in one of Vegas' biggest shows, Steve Wynn's ShowStoppers! I was beyond excited to see this show because two of my favorite Broadway stars, Kerry O'Malley and fellow "Call Me Adam" participant, David Burnham, are amongst the lead vocalists. I was also introduced to the talents of Nicole Kaplan, Randal Keith, Andrew Ragone, and Lindsay Roginski, as well as a host of dancers!
With a 30-piece orchestra to back them, these timeless classics sounded better than ever! Except for On The Town, no Broadway show is hosting a 30-piece orchestra these days, so this, was a real treat! There is nothing like a full orchestra and I am so glad Steve Wynn had one for this dynomite show!
From the first note of "There's No Business Like Show Business" from Annie Get Your Gun to the last note of "One" from A Chorus Line, this show is one big hit after another! It was one explosive number after another. The explosions kept getting bigger and bigger as the night went on! Just when I thought the show couldn't get any better, boom, boom, boom, it kept topping itself all the way until the end!
I haven't seen Kerry O'Malley on Broadway since the 2002 revival of Into The Woods. It was a thrill to see her talents and hear those glorious vocals on such big songs as Gypsy's "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and "Together (Wherever We Go)" with Lindsay Roginski, and Annie Get Your Gun's "Anything You Can Do" with Randal Keith. And on "Cabaret," I mean, please, I almost couldn't handle myself! Kerry's still got the power and elgance I remember from the Into The Woods revival. It was terrific seeing her lighting up that stage!
I've seen David perform several times prior to Steve Wynn's ShowStoppers, but in this show, David really gets to demonstrate his comedic side, which is hilarious! He brings the house down on Cabaret's "Willkommen" and "Money Money," shows his goofy side in "The Game" from Damn Yankees and makes our hearts stop with his sexy, slick "Billy Flynn" where he really gives us the "Razzle Dazzle" from Chicago.
And Andrew Ragone, won me over when he sang "Luck Be A Lady" from Guys and Dolls. Talk about a suave guy. He sure knows how to put the moves, not only on his co-star, but on the audience as well. I melted watching him in the bright blue suit as he sang his heart out!
Lindsay Roginski, man, this woman, can sing and dance! She raised the roof with "All I Need Is One Good Break" from Flora The Red Menace and "Cell Block Tango" from Chicago. She certainly has it coming to her...more leading roles that is!
I loved hearing Randal Keith sing big! He gave Kerry a run for her money with "Anthing You Can Do" and wowed the crowd even more when he sang "Once In A Lifetime." Every number he sang, was bigger than the one before!
I can't forget Nicole Kaplan. This girl has pipes! She made "All That Jazz" all her own! I haven't seen power like hers in a while! I wasn't sure I was going to make it past 39 after hearing this girl sing. She literally almost killed me with her talent! Such a delight to be introduced to her!
Those dancers! They really lit up that stage and didn't miss a beat! My favorite numbers were when all the dancers were on stage together, especially in "Willkommen" and "Money Money" from Cabaret, but the very memorable moment for me was watching them re-create "One" from A Chorus Line. Such a beautiful number! Stunning!
My only surprise to a show presenting Broadway's biggest numbers was that 42nd Street was not included. I would have loved to meet those dancing feet. Other than that, Steve Wynn's ShowStoppers is the perfect feel good show! You get the glitz and glamour of Vegas along with some of the biggest numbers in Broadway history!
Steve Wynn's ShowStoppers plays at the Encore Theater, housed inside the Wynn Las Vegas. Steve Wynn's ShowStoppers plays Monday through Thursday at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8pm, and Saturdays at 6:45pm and 9:15pm! Click here for tickets!
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