Saturday, June 24, 2017

Starring Miss Jackson

One of the world’s most successful entertainers returns to the city where a legendary career began.

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson’s first-ever professional live performance was on a Las Vegas stage. It was 1974 — and the youngest child in a family of famous siblings appeared alongside her brothers at the MGM (now Bally’s) Hotel and Casino.

One of the show highlights: a spot-on Mae West impression that Janet would later use to great effect, as a regular on the classic sitcom “Good Times.” That unforgettable role led to a legendary career as a musician (one of the best-selling of all time, with 140 million records sold) and film and television actress (roles in projects ranging from “Diff’rent Strokes” and “Poetic Justice” to the “Why Did I Get Married?” movies). Now, Ms. Jackson is returning to the city where it all started, bringing her sold-out Unbreakable world tour to the Axis at Planet Hollywood on Oct. 10.

A musical celebration of her biggest hits, the tour is dedicated to fans around the world who have kept her atop the charts for decades — from “Control” to the present-day hit #1 single “No Sleep,” featuring J. Cole.

Audiences worldwide have been awed by the Unbreakable tour, which features Jackson performing “Scream” in a virtual duet with her late superstar brother, Michael.

Today, at 49 and newly-married (to Dubai billionaire Wissam Al Mana, who is 10 years her junior), she remains an icon. She is excited about her return to the Silver State and the world’s entertainment capital.

“Vegas is very exciting, and my family and I have been going there for years,” she said. “I love the fact that people from all over the world are in Las Vegas.”

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