Monday, October 26, 2009
LEGENDARY DISCO QUEEN SHOWED BROOKLYN LOVE AND WHY SHE'S STILL THE QUEEN
Summer's show began with her band playing a mixture of Rock and Dance music, while her talented and sexy young dancers Bradley Johnson, Travis Cooper and Randy Mitchell appeared in purple Royal costumes carrying toy trumpets and before you knew it, the 5 time Grammy Award winner began to make her entrance by posing against a revolving wall donned in a sequenced Black dress and proceeded to perform "The Queen Is Back" followed by her classic "I Feel Love" where she performed her trademark robotic arm movements, which earned a loud round applause from the crowd.
"Thanks so much for caring" Summer told the crowd in a Boston accent.
"You're bringing me close to tears."
She then performed a teasing version of her self-penned classic "Dim All The Lights" where she told the crowd "I'm gonna act like a lady" before performing her current # 1 hit "I'm A Fire", where she displayed her Gospel and Theatre training, while her background vocalists sang in different ranges and her dancers rocked red shirts, black slacks and shoes. Giving the performance fire was the graphics of flames against the background. After changing into a flower dress, Summer took the crowd down memory lane with "Could It Be Magic" and spoke about the joy of performing in her husband singer/songwriter Bruce Sudano's hometown.
"I waited so long for you Brooklyn" she said, before sitting on a stool and talking about the joy of watching the beautiful view from her Miami vacation home and without missing a beat, Donna performed "Sand On My Feet" accompanied by her guitarist, who added bits of Accoustic Rock and Latin that had couples in the audience cuddling, and rubbing their partners ears, necks and back. After putting the audience in the mood for love, Donna performed her classic "On The Radio" and asked the crowd to sing the song's chours, before launching into "Mr Music" which had the crowd out their seats dancing and shaking their groove thangs, while her dancers danced behind two card board I-Pods, while her DJ performed the scratches. The crowded also grooved to "Crayons" which had a nice Caribbean groove thanks to her bass player.
Donna returned to the stage for the dramatic part of her show. Dressed in a red jumpsuit and carrying an umbrella, she performed the classic top charter "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" with her sister Mary Gaines Bernard singing Barbra Streisand's part gracefully (it would have been better had they performed the second verse of the song). Summer than performed her first # 1 hit "Mac Arthur Park" with a tribute to Michael Jackson followed with Summer performing the Charlie Chaplin tune "Smile" which had the audience in tears and chanting the gloved one's name. Especially when pictures of him came on the screen.
She further demonstrated her acting skills during a skit that featured her confronting her dancers putting down one for missing the football during a game. When the dancer tried to get loud with the legend by calling her by her first name, she put him in check in a motherly tone.
"It's Ms Summer to you" she said that had the audience (especially the gay men) cheering and snapping. After telling the wounded dancer not to let anybody disrespect him, Donna performed into the album's lead single "Stamp Your Feet" where her dancers performed various forms of dancing includind modern, popping and hip-hop as well as hyped the crowd before Donna empowered the crowd with her 1983 comeback single "She Works Hard For The Money" which contained hot guitar and saxophone solos. While she changed into a brown suit, Summer's music director introduced the band, who played solos, before the Disco Diva returned to the stage to perform her classic "Bad Girls" where her background singer Latasha Alfred dressed in a black sequence dress, portrayed a hooker, while two of the dancers attempted to kick game to her. Summer cut loose while performing the Rocking "Hot Stuff" and she showed the crowd that Black women can rock with her soulful vocal performance, riff and holding the microphone stand up in the air with one hand, while her guitarist played the song's hot guitar solo. Wanting more, the crowd began to chant her name, and after smiling, she performed her upcoming single "Fame" where she worked the stage by doing various diva poses with photos of Hollywood and Marylin Monroe in the background while the dancers posed as British photographers and her background singers wore sunglasses. The show ended with Donna performing her award-winning classic "Last Dance" and what made this performance special was her telling the audience to come towards the stage to take photographs of her while she sang one of the 70's popular dance classics. She futhter demonstrated her comedic skills by pretending to ask a guy for a dance in a high pitch voice.
Donna Summer gave an excellent show this past summer. Not only was her vocals tight, she showed the audience and the wanna divas that a 60 year old grandmother can give a show and be grand at the same time. I wish that she would have performed her classics "This Time I Know It's For Real" and "Dinner With Gershwin." Those would have made the show hot, but Donna did a great job providing Brooklyn with some "Hot Stuff" and great singing. For those who want Donna to return to Sea Gate next year, go to www.brooklnconcerts.com and call the hotline number on the site and leave several messagesl