Lady Gaga kicked off the primary of 9 Jazz & Piano engagements of her Las Vegas residency at Park MGM's Park Theater on Sunday night time with a particular visitor look by Tony Bennett that couldn't have been extra becoming.
"You know this man proper right here: When everybody was calling me a tramp, he was calling me a girl. We love you Tony," Gaga stated when introducing her 92-year-old duet accomplice. They lovingly belted their means by "Lady is a Tramp" and "Cheek to Cheek," receiving a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd.
From the opening night time's impression, Gaga's Jazz & Piano live shows will provide a extra down-tempo accompaniment to her wild ENIGMA residency that kicked off late final month, reworking The Park Theater together with her avant garde pop music. Coupled collectively, the 2 exhibits steadiness the spirits of latest and previous Las Vegas — one thing the famous person nodded Sunday to opening up with town's unofficial anthem "Luck Be a Lady," whereas sporting a plunging black sequin robe and a starburst turban that would poke out the attention of anybody who dared get too shut.
Making no reference to her headline-grabbing name out of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence throughout her ENIGMA present the night time earlier than, the multi-hyphenate performer captivated the viewers with two hours of jazz classics and hits from the Great American Songbook and rearrangements of 4 of her hottest songs, together with "Paparazzi," "Born this Way" and "Bad Romance."
"It was simply final night time I used to be bent over in a thong singing some progressive pop," she stated jokingly. "And you realize we didn't need to freak you out an excessive amount of tonight so we tried to not change an excessive amount of round right here. Cole Porter stated it again within the 1930s, he stated, 'Anything Goes' and I feel that’s actually true now. I feel it's superb. How great I get to sing my very own music and jazz in Las Vegas."
The night was stuffed with jazz fingers, witty quips, toe tapping, piles of glittering sequins, costume and wigs adjustments, in addition to introspective moments on the piano. The large band and the orchestra rocked with greater than a dozen horns, together with trumpet participant Brian Newman, and a dozen strings, whereas the stage was arrange like a membership with 4 tables accommodating eights visitors who purchased super-VIP live performance packages.
During "Poker Face," Gaga obtained cheeky with the on line casino, alluding that she wouldn't be leaving any of her hard-earned money with the home. "Sorry MGM, I already cashed the test, she quipped. "They are working it out of right here proper now earlier than I even end this present." Meanwhile, the jazz association accentuated the lyrics in ways in which the pop model doesn't, permitting an viewers that is perhaps greatest aware of her from her work with Bennett to get to know her as a lyricist. She additionally revealed that the true that means of the tune, has nothing to do with playing. "[It's about] When you might be with a person and you might be serious about a girl," Gaga stated.
The present was minimize with black and white video of Gaga expressing her love of jazz and American classics, providing recommendation that you just "need to study the ink on the web page … you gotta know what was written" to be able to experiment and get inventive in music. "Jazz is particular. It's unpredictable," she expressed, shouting out the greats who got here earlier than her: Billie Holiday, Etta James and Dinah Washington, amongst others.
Throughout the night time, Gaga's 4 appears included the beforehand black sequin robe, a silver rhinestone column costume with lengthy white marabou cape, a strapless velvet quantity with black velvet gloves and a pink cape, and a black and white tuxedo with removable skirt helped her a play the a part of jazz membership diva — one which she clearly embraces.
Prior to an encore of "New York, New York," which Gaga additionally carried out on the Sinatra 100 live performance at Wynn Las Vegas in 2015, she devoted Ol' Blue Eyes' tune "Fly Me to the Moon" to Bennett. "Tony, it’s swingin'," she stated. His response was: "Yea, it's swingin'."
Offering one thing for everybody from Gaga's ENIGMA present continues for choose dates Jan. 24 to Feb. 2 and can wrap up with one other Jazz & Piano engagement on Feb. three, with extra dates working by the yr. These performances have been solely developed for her 2019 run at Park Theater.