The incomparable Diana Ross lands at the Venetian theatre for an intimatenine-show residency.
With five decades’ worth of hits to choose from (and nearly as many dazzling outfits), Diana Ross is tailoring her shows specifically for Venetian.
From a formfitting red gown with a tulle mermaid tail to a sheer bodysuit studded with strategically placed rhinestones, Diana Ross has worn it all in a career that has spanned an astonishing five decades. And while the clothes don’t necessarily make the woman—especially if you’re this particular woman—it’s safe to say that Las Vegans will be hard-pressed to avoid the sartorial speculation that’s inevitable when Ross arrives this month for a nine-show residency at the Venetian Theatre.
The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade has been tailored for Venetian to ref lect the original diva’s signature sparkle-and-shine aesthetic. “Ms. Ross has complete control of the show, from the set list to the visual components,” says Bobby Reynolds, vice president of booking at AEG Live Las Vegas, “and we trust that she will deliver a world-class performance like she has in the past.
Ross is no stranger to Vegas audiences, having performed her final show with the Supremes’ Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong at the former New Frontier Hotel in 1970. Four years later she released Live at Caesars Palace, an album recorded during one of her multiple appearances at the resort throughout the 1970s and ’80s.
This time around, though, her Las Vegas performances will benefit from the intimacy of the Venetian Theatre, whose capacity is capped at a little over 1,800 seats (for reference, Caesars Palace’s Colosseum and The Axis at Planet Hollywood can each hold more than 4,000 people). The theater “is one of the best in terms of acoustics as well,” says Neil Miller, executive director of entertainment at Venetian, making it an ideal place to hear Ross belt out her milestone hits, from “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” to “I’m Coming Out” and “Endless Love.”
“When you look at the history of Las Vegas, live music shows have been an important part of our identity, part of the experience,” Miller adds. “There’s something special about seeing a performer in Vegas. These aren’t just concerts. It’s a point of pride to be able to say, ‘I saw Diana Ross at the Venetian.’” Diana Ross performs April 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, and 18.