by Patricia Grandjean
Jul 12, 2011
08:59 AMBox Office
Legends in Concert
“In case you forgot, I opened this joint in 1993,” Frank Sinatra said at a recent appearance at the Fox Theater. And for a second I thought it was ol’ blue eyes himself, but it couldn’t be—it was a Sinatra impersonator in the tribute show Legends in Concert.
The kitschy show, at Foxwoods in Mashantucket through Sept. 4, is somewhat of a legend itself—it has continuously been in production all over the world since it debuted more than 25 years ago in Las Vegas (where it’s still going strong). So what keeps audiences coming back? Nostalgia—who doesn’t love “the good old days.” When Sinatra comes out with “hey you cuckoo broad,” the crowd goes wild. Who else could get away with that these days? But to keep things fresh, the lineup of celebrities changes regularly and includes hundreds of big names.
The shows feature stars who can actually sing like the celebrity they are portraying, no lip-synching, and they are accompanied by a live band with back-up singers as well as dancers. Each impersonator comes out meticulously made-up, in elaborate costumes, with mannerisms down pat and performs a set of four or five numbers. The Supremes opened the show we attended with “Come See About Me.” They were dazzling in strapless pink sparkling gowns and bouffant hair styles of the 1960s. Then Diana Ross left the stage and came back draped in gold, singing “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” How do you top that? Enter Barbra Streisand wearing her favorite Donna Karan-designed frock belting out “Don’t Rain on My Parade.” Then Faith Hill performed “Piece of My Heart” country style with an entire dance troupe around her. Next up: The Chairman of the Board, “So what did you think of the Supremes, Faith and Babs? Pretty good for an opening act, huh?” he says before breaking into “Fly Me to the Moon.” The finale: Michael Jackson, in sequined jacket wearing one glove, with moves that were spot on.
Cheesy as it may seem, it’s hard not to enjoy something so campy. But don’t take my word for it—see Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Elvis, Cher and Liberace through Aug. 1, and The Beatles, Carrie Underwood and Frank Sinatra Aug. 3 through Sept. 4.
Legends in Concert
Sun. at 4 p.m., Mon. & Wed. thru Sat. at 8 p.m., Wed. matinee at 1 p.m. For tickets & further information, call (800) 200-2882 or visit foxwoods.com.