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Olivia Newton-John Wows Vegas

Olivia Newton-John is the latest icon to hit the Vegas Strip, in a rousing showroom variety show that brings the house down.

Move over, Britney Spears—icons such as Celine Dion, Elton John and Rod Stewart rule the Las Vegas Strip. And now Olivia Newton-John has joined the ranks, with her brand-new residency, “Summer Nights,” at the Flamingo.

More than a decade since Queen Celine made it cool to stay put in Sin City for a series of (well-paying) shows, each headliner gets more exciting than the last. And they deliver. I should know—a Vegas local who moonlighted as a bona fide show dork for more than five years—I’ve seen them all.

Celine, Rod, Elton, Shania Twain (plus Cher and Bette Midler who have come and gone) go for the “Wow” factor at the Colosseum, each one stretching their imagination as to how on earth they’re going to fill that enormous stage. Bette was my favorite—the iconic pint-sized singer pushed herself across with a lips-shaped couch on wheels.

At the Flamingo’s showroom, however, you get that more old-school Vegas feel. The stage’s catwalk comes right out into the audience, and there’s not a seat in the house that’s far enough away to make you feel like the star didn’t catch a glimpse of you, even if just for a second.

Donny and Marie Osmond have had such success there that the theater has been re-named in their honor. Olivia will do it justice.

The wide-eyed Grease standout’s hit is almost sold out during her first months (currently running May 6-10, 27-31, as well as various dates in June and July), and has already drawn the likes of Marie Osmond, RuPaul, Joey Lawrence and Dot-Marie Jones from Glee. Fans Sara Bareilles and Jane Lynch have promised to see the show this summer.

The “Summer Nights” show is a rousing tour through Newton-John’s fascinating life and career, and features all of her hits. Super-fans will be dancing in the aisles to “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” “You’re The One That I Want” and it goes without saying, “Summer Nights.”  Early hits include “Have You Never Been Mellow,” “Let Me Be There,” “If You Love Me Let Me Know” and “I Honestly Love You.” Her movie Xanadu also makes an appearance, as well as her catchy ‘80s anthem “Physical.”

Olivia Newton-John, we remain hopelessly devoted to you. Stick around awhile! Las Vegas needs another entertainer exactly like you.

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