Here at Ahlan! Towers, it’s no secret that I’m a mega Lady Gaga fan, and have been since day one. So much so that I’ve been to every tour since her 2010 Monster Ball. In fact, I’ve been fortunate enough to see her perform in London, Amsterdam, Paris, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Glasgow.
So, when Gaga announced her new Las Vegas residency at Park MGM’s Park Theatre, I knew it was time to finally see her in America’s iconic Sin City.
First of all, it’s worth noting that, unlike any other celebrity residencies in Vegas, Gaga performs two different shows. The main show is called Enigma, which is a pop extravaganza showcasing her biggest hits over the last decade. The second show is called Lady Gaga Jazz and Piano, which is exactly what it says on the tin.
The Enigma show starts with an introduction during which Enigma, a motion-captured character who is Gaga’s alter ego, welcomes the crowd. Shortly after, the singer appears suspended from the roof of the theatre, and performs Just Dance as she flies over the heads of her screaming fans. After landing on the stage, Gaga meets Enigma, who explains that she’s going to show Gaga the future through a simulation. Needless to say, it’s a pop concert unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.
If you like old-school Gaga, you’re in for a treat, because the majority of the songs come from her The Fame and Born This Way eras. She also performs a couple of songs from Artpop, Joanne and, much to the audience’s delight, the award-winning Shallow from A Star Is Born.
The Jazz and Piano engagement does not involve a comprehensive narrative like Enigma, but is divided into four segments, each of them preceded by a costume change and black-and-white interlude films. In the videos, Gaga talks about her love of jazz and American classics, and gives shout-outs to performers who have inspired her, including Billie Holiday, Etta James and Dinah Washington. She also performs jazz versions of her own hits, including Paparazzi, Born This Way and Pokerface. On the night I attended, we were even treated to a surprise appearance by the legendary Tony Bennett, who collaborated with Gaga on the Cheek to Cheek album.
And be sure to look out for famous faces, because every night A-list celebrities flock from Hollywood to Vegas to see Gaga in action. During my visit, I spotted actress Angela Bassett and Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson in the audience. Since then, Gaga has performed to Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, Pink, Celine Dion, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, Adam Lambert and loads more celebs. It’s like going to the Oscars or Grammys, but in Las Vegas.
My favourite celeb sighting, however, was Cynthia Germanotta — Gaga’s actual mother! Cynthia took the time to speak to me, asked me about Dubai, my thoughts on the show, and even introduced me to Gaga’s long-time manager, Bobby Campbell. Talk about surreal!
The show is currently scheduled throughout 2019, with more dates expected in 2020. If you’re a Gaga fan and you’re planning a visit to the States, it’s a must-see experience. And if, like me, you consider yourself a Little Monster, it’s well worth saving up and going to Vegas just for the concert.