Shania Twain Shows She’s Still The One In Las Vegas

Thursday, 21 Nov 2013, 7:36:00 AM

Brenton Garen

Shania Twain takes fans on a journey of her life at her show currently on stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.
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Shania Twain takes fans on a journey of her life at her show currently on stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

Shania

Twain shows she’s still the one as she returns to live performances for the

first time in almost a decade at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. She

is currently half way through her two-year residency that began Dec. 1, 2012.

The

Las Vegas shows are her first public performances since her “Up!” tour ended in

2004.

The

concert, “Shania: Still The One,” takes fans on a journey through the various

stages of her life and career in a 90-minute show filled with music,

multi-sensory experiences, fashion, and a few unexpected surprises. 

The

show is designed to give audiences an intimate, only in Las Vegas concert

experience – with no fan more than 120 feet from the stage. 

The

high-tech production incorporates some unexpected surprises including

multi-scent show projectors, a new 4D multisensory technology that has never

been used before in a concert setting.

The

show opens with the background screen showing Shania riding a horse through the

desert, which revs into a motorcycle moments before she enters on a suspended

flying motorcycle. She opens with the song “Let’s Go” while leaning left and

right to correspond with a fast moving bike track on the screen behind her.

Once

lowered, her 13-piece band and four male dancers join her on three islands that

glide  onto the stage.

Elements

of many of her music videos are incorporated onto the background screen during

the show. In her second song of the show, “You Win My Love,” there are purple

and white squares and cubes extracted from her music video set at a racetrack

where Twain drives around in a race car in a skin-tight leather outfit (the

video is based on the lyrics to the song which are vehicle-related).

A

water background spiraling out of control is projected on the screen for her

next song as nine violinists appear for “Don’t Be Stupid.” A HD camera in the

audience captures her dancing and singing around the stage, which is then

projected onto the background screen.

“I

like the background because I get to see my butt,” she jokes after the song.

“It’s like my mirror!”

Throughout

the show she speaks with the audience, always so humble each time.

“I’m

so grateful to be here as part of the 10th anniversary of the Colosseum,” she

says.

She

talks about how she is honored to take the same stage that is regularly graced

by music superstars Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, and Elton John.

She

segues into her next song by telling fans there’s no way but up as she breaks

into her 2002 hit “Up!” – the title song of her fourth studio album.

To

acknowledge the three different music videos created for this song (red, green,

and blue), the background screen changes color from red, to blue, to green –

each time corresponding colored confetti falling from the roof onto the

audience.

The

mood changes as an animation of a desert then appears and a country town set

rolls on stage, with Shania entering on a black horse.

“He

drinks, he smokes, he’ll cuss, he swears, he tells bad jokes,” she begins to

sing from the song “I Ain’t No Quitter” – all while the four dancers take turns

picking her up and swinging her around the stage.

“That’s

one way to get a head rush,” she jokes after the song, “four hunky guys

swirling you around.”

She

takes a quick break from singing to talk about her songwriting idols Dolly

Parton and Willie Nelson, among others.

She

recalls the first song she wrote aged 10 called “Mom and her wine.”

“Sing

it for us!” a fan yells from the audience. “Not tonight,” she politely responds

before briefly explaining her true love of country music.

“I

learned how to tell stories through the old style of country music,” she says.

Anyone

in the front half of the auditorium gets to see her genuine smile up close as

she walks through the aisles shaking hands while singing “Whose Bed Have Your

Boots Been Under?”

A

couple of even luckier audience members took the up close chance with Shania to

pose for quick photos with her before she makes her way off stage for a costume

change.

While

the audience waits for Shania’s return, the crowd begins to murmur as a huge

leopard appears on the background screen. As the last roof of the country town

set disappears beneath the stage, the background screen turns to hills covered

in leopard patterns. Then all of a sudden, Shania runs back on stage for her hit

“That Don’t Impress Me Much” dressed in a hooded leopard skin outfit, similar

to the one seen in her 1998 music video for the song that was filmed in Barstow

and the Mojave Desert.

The

audience interaction continues as she moves onto “Honey I’m Home.” She walks

down to the second row of the audience and hand picks a fan to sing the song

with.

After

returning to the stage, she launches into “If You’re Not In It For Love (I’m

Outta Here)” with six huge red doors projected onto the background screen – two

more are projected onto the Colosseum’s walls, one each side of the stage.

Toward

the end of the song, a large red door is lowered from above stage, which she

walks through to end the song and to make another costume change.

The

time is passed with snippets of old music videos flashed up on the background

screen.

She

returns to the stage alone, inviting out two of her backup singers – identical

twins Ryan and Dan Kowarsky – to perform her mother’s favorite song called

“Carrie Ann.”

Shania

then welcomes a handful of fans (who she says are picked by her husband each

show) on stage to join her around a campfire set to share where they are from

and what they are doing on the Las Vegas strip.

“What

brings you to Las Vegas?” Shania asks one female fan pulled up on stage, “You!”

the excited fan responds before telling Shania she had traveled from Texas just

for the show.

After

a few minutes of friendly banter, Shania talks about the importance of family

and her charity called the Shania Kids Can Foundation. She then sings two songs

(“Come On Over” and “Rock This Country”) around the campfire with the group of

her new “family.”

After

the fans return to their seats, the camp fire set disappears and a forest

setting appears on the background screen. A black horse enters into the jungle

surrounded by fire, then magically turns from black to white.

Shania

rides out to center stage on a white horse, singing another two of her biggest

hits back-to-back:  “Still The One”

and “From This Moment.”

Shania

leaves the stage for one final time, returning to conclude the show with

arguably her most popular song, “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!”

Her

four dancers run onto the stage from different aisles and sparking large silver

letters spelling “Shania” are lowered from above stage. A red cloud storm

erupts on the background screen and the audience reacts with utmost delight as

she belts out the lyrics, with fans rising from their seats to sing and dance

the final minutes of the show away.

All

shows begin at 7:30 pm with tickets ranging from $55-$250 (plus booking fees).

For

more information or reservations, call 800.745.3000 or visit caesarspalace.com.

The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

is located 
at 3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las

Vegas, NV 89109.

Upcoming Shows:

November 30

December: 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10,

11, 13, 14

January: 22, 23, 25, 26, 28,

29, 31

February: 1, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12,

14, 15

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