Donna Summer ROCKS Houston!
It was definitely a hot SUMMER night on July 23. In the heart of Downtown Houston, a huge Broadway-size sign reads to anxious concert-goers "In a rare Houston performance - the Queen of Disco regins over Houston." Was that ever an under statement. The streets of Downtown Houston sounded like American Idol wannabees. I could hear men and women singing "On the radio", "Bad Girls" and one of my favorites "I will go with you."
There were about a dozen long stretch limos lining the streets. The high rollers were there to see their queen. I was amazed to see the diversity of people flocking to see Donna Summer. I saw several teenagers there with Donna shirts on. Keep in mind, the Jones Hall is an upscale venue..tickets are not cheap. There was not an open seat in the place. People were scrambling to their seats in order not to miss a second fo the show.
After 35 minutes of symphonic performance, the fans became restles then a familiar medley was playing from the orchestra. They begin to play MacArthur Park, Heaven Knows, Once Upon a Time, Enough is Enough, She works hard for the money" The audience goes wild, screaming "Donna, Donna, Donna!" Then the lights go down and the orchestra begins with Mac Arthur Park...the violins were really showcased. Donna Summer enters from the velvet curtain onto the stage. She is all smiles (the audience rises and begins to scream
"I love you, Donna!" She belted out like I have never heard anyone do so before.
Early on in the show, she said she was honored to perform with the Houston Symphony and to be in Houston. The crowd went wild. You could not hear what Donna was saying. She became overwhelmed with the audience's enthusiasm, her eyes began to water. She reached for some tissue. She jokingly said "and I thought my career was over. I was about to be content being a chubby housewife." The entire audience was on their feet shouting how much they loved her. The orchestra members had the funniest looks on their faces - kind of like "Holy Sh** these people are obsessed with the DIVA!". Donna wiped her eyes and gestured the audience to be seated so the show could continue.
Donna has lost some weight since the VH1 concert in the spring. I had front row center seats. I could see the sparkle in her eyes. She radiated all evening. She was so funny. She spoke in a Rosie Perez accent at times. She talked about her family. Her eyes lit up when she mentioned their successes. Bruce sang Le Imagine Cafe. My friend started crying. Bruce Sudano has an excellent voice! He was kind of shy when he performed.
Here is a song list:
Mac Arthur Park
Once upon a time
I love you ( she dedicated it to the audience and sang "I love you, Houston!")
Could it be magic
Don't cry for me Argentina (There was not a dry eye in the house)
Smile (again, people were teary eyed during the performance)
On the radio
My man medley
Enough is enough (her sister has an awesome voice!)
She works hard for the money
Donna's performance was amazing. She was really feeling the energy of the audience. She said "wow, you guys are wild tonight. I love a feisty crowd. I hope they let me come back. I was at Carnegie Hall once before and the crowd was like this. They haven't asked me back yet! But, go ahead and have fun!"
Her voice was incredible. I could not believe how poweful it is. She projected and soared like an eagle. I love the way she pulls the microphone away from her mouth.
It was like she was talking. She never strained. I could see her pearly white teeth! She winked and me and my friends a lot. When she waved at me, I thought I was going to pee my pants!
When she sang Could it be magic, she was very provocative with the mike stand. I nudged my friend and said "She is one sexy diva. I bet Bruce never gets tired of her." Donna looked at me at winked. She had a huge smile on her face and really had fun with the mike.
She could hear the people in the audience going crazy for her. People would not sit down so the entire show became standign room only.
Donna made four outfit changes. She looks very young for her age. I could not see a wrinkle on her face. I saw a very cute scar under her chin. I noticed it in some early pics of her.
I have seen many performers, Donna Summer is in a league of her own. Her voice was perfect. She was very dramatic when she sings. It was such an incredible experience. It was like a dream. Or at least a dream come true!