I’ve seen a lot of concerts, but am rarely brought to tears, brought to my feet, and nearly lose by voice at the same show. That is until I saw Olivia Newton-John at The Paramount in Huntington, New York.
Whether you’re a Grease nut or Xanadu obsessed, Olivia Newton-John‘s concert is the place to be. Actually, if you enjoy an entertaining concert by an incredibly talented singer, you’ll love it. I was lucky enough to be at her show in Huntington on April 21, where she kicked off the show with “Mellow,” but definitely didn’t stay mellow throughout.
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Of course, Olivia covered both “Xanadu” as well as a medley of “Magic” and “Suddenly.” However, I have to point out that she also went into a country medley, bringing out her incredibly talented backup singers to join her in a mixture of hits including “Jolene,” “Please Mister,” “If You Love Me,” and more.
But yes, for me, I came for Grease — and she seriously delivered. She didn’t just sing the song but she transformed into Sandy, putting on her leather after a “Goodbye To Sandra Dee” line sung in the dark. Add in “You’re The One That I Want” — dance moves included — “Summer Nights,” and a flawless “Hopelessly Devoted To You,” and you had a variety of perfection.
At the end, I wasn’t the only one with tears in my eyes. A very emotional ONJ returned to stage in a stunning sparkly gown for her closing number, “I Honestly Love You.” Before she sang it, she thanked everyone for coming and actually, honestly, seemed genuine. Of course, she won the Grammy award of Record of the Year for this song, and won a standing ovation as well.
She did also return for an encore with her daughter’s favorite song, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” And if you had to imagine an angel singing it, that is what it would look and sound like.