J-Lo’s ‘All I Have’ thankfully aware the title means more than singing

So you like J-Lo, but you’re not so hot on her music?

Hey, it’s not that big a contradiction. Jennifer Lopez is a lot of things to a lot of people, and “All I Have” seems fully aware of that.

If you only know “Waiting for the Night” and, uh, hmm, “Jenny from the Block” and, what was it, that newer one with Pitbull? Oh yeah, “On the Floor”?

It shouldn’t automatically disqualify you from the gorgeous diva showcase at Planet Hollywood, which debuted last week and continues through Feb 9.

Understood, if you think “All I Have” must be more a “concert” because it involves singing. And that the long-awaited Lopez residency would, by necessity, force the musical part of her career out of its delicate and careful balance.

But the showcase is far easier on the eyes than the ears. It’s more like a production show with a centerpiece.

Lopez shares the stage with 16 dancers and 335,000 Swarovski crystals (according to a press release from the company) under the helm of the Las Vegas-launched choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo. But Lopez hangs right in there with them, visually reminding us she started out as a dancer long before she tells us, about halfway through the show, that dancing is when she feels “the most warm, the most free, the most alive.”

Still, you say, you really like her better as a movie star. Yes, we know, “Out of Sight” and “Selena,” not “The Boy Next Door.” Or even TV? The down-to-earth Lopez seen on the new cop show “Shades of Blue,” or the one cutting up with the other “American Idol” judges? The way she can be so Bronx and so Swarovski at the same time?

It’s all in the show too. Lopez romps and stomps the passarella circling both the VIP and standing-room seats, commanding “I need to know if New York is here!,” but laughing when one of the alternative answers is “Alabama!”

And that confession about her dance passion? It comes from quite a lofty perch. If you need a metaphor for the way Lopez balances the diva with the working mom, it’s when she’s up high in the air, her gown unfolding into a train which becomes a huge triangle serving as a projection screen (The D’Umos were choreographers on “Viva Elvis,” which featured a similar effect).

That most regal moment is the one where she talks about her children and covers Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance.”

But truly, the singing is the least of it. Nothing reminds us of how average her voice is more than that ballad with the evening’s least blended, processed vocal. And even “I Hope You Dance” is not trusted to sustain. A couple emerges to distract us with an adagio midway through the tune.

The show is broken into seven segments, representing everything from her love of old Hollywood to her Bronx subway rides. It’s so stuffed with Versace costumes, shirtless men, fireworks and dimensionally-mapped video projections that at 110 minutes, the less devout will think they tried too hard. By the time opening night got to its third celebrity pop-up, Pitbull for the “On the Floor” closer, the audience had already peaked from seeing Ja Rule and Ne-Yo.

You’re bound to disagree if you think the Lopez catalog is deep enough, if you know every word to “Get Right” or “Ain’t It Funny” (the Ja Rule duet); songs the rest of us had forgotten or never paid much attention to in the first place.

But again, the creators seemed to sense that, unlike Mariah Carey and her string of “No. 1″s across the street, J-Lo needed to reach beyond her Top 40 career if she wants a long career on the Strip. Hence, the “Bye Bye Birdie” standard “A Lot of Livin’ to Do,” or the Havana nightclub segment with two sung-in-Spanish oldies, “Quimbara” and “Quien Sera” (which Dean Martin did as “Sway”).

But if backing singers, killer dancers and “Hold It Don’t Drop It” staged as a James Brown tribute — briefly letting the five-piece band have a moment in the spotlight — still didn’t keep the lead vocals from sounding a little shrill?

There’s one other kind of J-Lo fan left. The “I don’t care about the rest, I just think she’s hot” kind.

Well gents, the show is called “All I Have.” And it includes a burlesque segment where she doesn’t sing at all, as “Into You” gives way to a stockings-and-corset strip-tease number on a chaise lounge.

The lady does aim to please. And cover all her fan bases. And so it looks like she will be welcome to do so in Las Vegas as long as she wants.

Read more from Mike Weatherford at reviewjournal.com. Contact him at mweatherford@reviewjournal.com. Follow him @Mikeweatherford

Entertainment Videos
Tattoo'd America invites you to have fun and take pictures
Kassandra Lopez at Tattoo'd America invites you to have fun and take pictures. (Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Making gluten-free pizza at Good Pie in Las Vegas
Good Pie owner/pizzaiola Vincent Rotolo makes his gluten-free pizza.
Rockabilly fans enjoy Las Vegas weather poolside
Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender runs Thursday, April 18th through Sunday, April 21st with a huge car show on Saturday featuring The Reverend Horton Heat, The Delta Bombers and The Coasters. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Brownie sundae at VegeNation in Las Vegas is completely vegan
Donald Lemperle, chef/owner of VegeNation in Las Vegas and nearby Henderson, NV, makes his sundae with ice cream made with coconut and almond milks, a brownie made with coconut flour and oil and organic sugar and cacao, and fresh fruit. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Taste of the Town: Henderson Booze District
Those who like to support local businesses and sample local products will find the best concentration in an unlikely spot: a Henderson industrial park.
Founder of Las Vegas theater talks about a favorite play
Ann Marie Pereth, founder of A Public Fit Theatre Company, speaks to the Review-Journal about which play she would see every day if only given one option. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
New Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N interactive exhibit
The new exhibit features original and recreated props and plenty of interactive features. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Writer's Block and Lucy are open in Las Vegas
The Writer's Block and Lucy are open in Las Vegas (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas ice cream shop offers everything in the kitchen sink
Have you ever wanted to eat an ice cream sundae out of a kitchen sink? Who hasn't, right? At Sloan's, located inside the Venetian, you can do just that. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Maxie’s in Las Vegas puts eggs Benedict in a box
Chef David Mangual at Maxie’s in The Linq Promenade in Las Vegas makes his eggs Benedict in a brioche “box” layered with spinach, bacon and tomatoes and topped with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Caviar Twinkie Served at Stripsteak in Las Vegas
Stripsteak Executive Pastry Chef Vivian Chang and Chef Gerald Chin create a novel savory food item that looks like a familiar sweet treat at the restaurant in Las Vegas. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal)
NAB attendees battle to qualify for Fortnite event
NAB is sponsoring an online video game event with Epic Games’ Fortnite allowing attendees to qualify to go head to head with top players. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Arctic Shrimp Sandwich at Saga near Las Vegas
Chef Gert Kvalsund, a native of Norway, founded Saga Pastry + Sandwich in Henderson to give Scandinavians a taste of home. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Guy Fieri and Sammy Hagar talk UNLVino
Guy Fieri and Sammy Hagar talk about the upcoming UNLVino vent. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Christie Brinkley at Smith & Wollensky
Christie Brinkley, in town for her run in “Chicago” at the Venetian Theatre, paid a visit to the Grand Canal Shoppes’ still-under-construction Smith Wollensky on Monday for a ceremonial first toast at the bar. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Two artists create a mural for peace in Las Vegas
2 artists create a mural for peace in Las Vegas (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Inside Kaos nightclub and dayclub
A look at new club at Palms.
CinemaCon Brings Theater Professionals To Caesars
CinemaCon is not just celebs, it's also a place where theater owners can browse the latest in seats, projectors and concessions. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas restaurants provide a taste of ballpark food
The Las Vegas Ballpark, home to the Las Vegas Aviators, will serve food from Giada De Laurentiis and a team of favorite local restaurants. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
Taste of the Town: Bobby Flay Opens Shark at the Palms - VIDEO
Bobby Flay opens Shark at the Palms; his first high-end restaurant in 15 years.
Chef Marc Marrone at T-Mobile Arena
Chef Marc Marrone has opened a bao cart at T-Mobile Arena. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Bellagio fountains celebrate 'Game of Thrones'
A medley of the theme for HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and the song “Winter Is Here” from the show premiered at the Bellagio Fountains water show on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, March 31, 2019. The new number will run in rotation through April 13. The series premieres its eighth and final series on April 14. (Mick Akers/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegan Aunt Chippy talks about being on Jimmy Kimmel's show
Concetta Potenza, Aunt “Chippy” to Jimmy Kimmel, talks about her first time being featured on her nephew’s show. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The "Flight Unknown" At Bar Centro at Bazaar Meats Las Vegas Features 5 Innovative Cocktails
The "Flight Unknown" At Bar Centro At Bazaar Meats Las Vegas Features 5 Innovative Cocktails (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Cotton candy crowns pancakes in Las Vegas
At Maxie’s at The Linq Promenade in Las Vegas, executive chef David Mangual fills pancakes with fruit and cream cheese and piles on pastel cotton candy, which is melted in a stream of chocolate syrup. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
Bananas Foster Pancakes go up in flames at The Stove near Las Vegas
Chef Antonio Nunez at The Stove in Henderson, near Las Vegas, flames the pancakes tableside for a fiery presentation. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
El Loco Rollercoaster at Circus Circus' Adventuredome
The El Loco rollercoaster opened at the Circus Circus' Adventuredome in February 2014. It features a 90-foot ascent, followed by a drop that produces a negative 1.5 "verticle G," a 180-degree turn, and reverse 240-degree roll that turns into an inverted drop. The coaster reaches a maximum speed of 45 mph and is the only indoor coaster of it's kind in the U.S., and is the second indoor El Loco coaster in the world, according to MGM Resorts.
Bartending flair competition at the Nightclub & Bar Show
Highlights from the ten contestants who competed for the Shake It Up Flair and Classic Competition at the Nightclub & Bar Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__rae
Justin Kingsley Hall shares details on his next gig
Chef Justin Kinglsey hall shares some details about the newArts District restaurant he's developing with Kim Owens. (Al Mancini/Las Vegs Review-Journal)
Film prompted Carrie Hogan to found 2 farmers markets in Las Vegas
Carrie Hogan founded Fresh 52 Farmers and Artisan Market in Las Vegas after realizing she had to do something about the influence of factory farms on the food supply. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
TOP NEWS
Home Front Page Footer Listing