With a 66-member cast of 35 singers and dancers, in addition to an onstage, 31-piece orchestra, “Steve Wynn’s ShowStoppers” has it all. From elaborately-designed sets to intricate costumes that undoubtedly raise the attention-to-detail precedent, audience members of all ages will appreciate the colorful artistry of this dazzling show.
And while every element of this show is essential to making this production spectacular, among the talent-packed cast, it is the show’s six lead singers that are hitting those high notes that lift our goose bumps just a little bit higher.
We had the chance to learn a little bit more about the Wynn’s newest show that sparkles brighter than the Strip itself, in addition to learning about the lead singers who bring it to life seven days a week.
1. What is your favorite number in “ShowStoppers” and why? “It’s impossible to pick one number; this whole show is so great. Every night, number after number I find myself saying, ‘I love that song.’ I feel so blessed to be part of a show that has such great material.”
2. With 35 dancers and singers as well as a 31-piece orchestra, what is it like to be part of such a large cast? “It is an honor and a blessing to be part of such a big cast that I call my family. It’s very rare to be able to be part of something so great and I am loving every second of it.”
3. Fill in the blank: “When I am backstage, my “ShowStoppers” cast mates know that I cannot survive without my Jolly Ranchers. Preferably the red ones. I always have a giant cup full of them in my dressing room.”
1. What is your favorite number in “ShowStoppers” and why? “It’s hard to pick just one. I love doing ‘Anything You Can Do’ alongside Kerry O’Malley. We have such a great time performing together.”
2. How have the show’s two new numbers added to the production? “Both numbers add another element to the show that wasn’t there before. It gives us a chance to open up to the audience about how excited we are to be in this show and doing what we love so much. It’s really personal for Lindsay and I.”
3. Fill in the blank: “Before “ShowStoppers,” never in my life have I seen so many sequins/rhinestones/sparkles on a cowboy hat and belt! I do a little country number in the show and during rehearsals, every day there would be more and more rhinestones and jewels added to everything.”
1. What is your favorite number in “ShowStoppers” and why? “My favorite number in ‘ShowStoppers’ is ‘Cabaret.’ I get to sing a great song with a beautiful orchestration in a gorgeous dress while feeling totally supported by my fellow cast members. It is heaven.”
2. What sets “ShowStoppers” apart from any other show you’ve worked on? “The level of glamour and commitment to excellence in every aspect sets this show apart. The cast, costumes, lighting, choreography, direction, orchestra, sound, and songs are all done with a level of elegance that is different from anything I have experienced before.”
3. Fill in the blank: “If I had to wear one “ShowStoppers” costume for the rest of my life, I would definitely choose to wear my costume I wear during the number “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” because this costume is stunning and it makes me feel like a queen. I am lucky to wear such a gorgeous gown.”
1. What is your favorite number in “Showstoppers” and why? “My favorite number in ‘Showstoppers’ would have to be ‘Razzle Dazzle’ from ‘Chicago.’ We do it very different than the actual Broadway show. We put a Vegas spin on it and turn it into a gorgeous over-the-top production number complete with amazing costumes (I’ve never seen so many rhinestones in one place), and the most gorgeous showgirls on the Strip! Who could ask for anything more?”
2. If you could become one of the characters you play in “Showstoppers” for a week, which character would you choose to be and why? “I would definitely pick the character I play in ‘Money, Money’ from the ‘Cabaret’ section of our show. He is based on the Emcee character from ‘Cabaret’ and he is all about having fun. He likes to laugh, which is one of my favorite things, and he is rich, that would be a nice perk for a week!”
3. Fill in the blank: “Every night before each performance, I make sure that Iwarm up my voice. Performers are like athletes. We must practice our craft and stay as healthy as possible. The vocal chords are muscles, so we must keep them warmed up so that we don’t crack on a high note. Each night the audience is seeing the show for the first time, so at every performance I want to make sure my voice sounds as good as it did opening night.”
1. What is your favorite number in ‘ShowStoppers’ and why? “When you’re in a show full of show stoppers, it’s hard to pick just one. I love performing ‘The Game’ from ‘Damn Yankees’ because it’s a good laugh for the audience and I enjoy getting the chance to play this big-hearted baseball star.”
2. In your opinion, what is the most impressive element of the production as a whole? “The amount of talent on that stage. Thirty-five amazing singers and dancers blow you away, not to mention backed by a 31-piece live orchestra on stage. There’s nothing like it in Vegas and shows true talent in its pure form. It’s fun seeing how blown away the audience is by the time we hit the last number each night!”
3. Fill in the blank: I would secretly be terrified if Hugh Jackman were to show up in the ‘ShowStoppers’ audience because I’m a big fan of his work on stage and screen.
1. What is your favorite number in “ShowStoppers” and why? “My favorite number is ‘Put On Your Sunday Clothes’ from ‘Hello Dolly.’ The ladies start the number on a gorgeous set of vanity mirrors in corsets and in 20 seconds we change into these magnificent gowns. The number is so joyous and elegant, plus I get to feel like a princess every night!”
2. What was the creation process of the show like? “It has been a true honor to work with this esteemed creative team and supremely talented cast and crew. Everyone across the board gives 110 percent and we all love, admire and support one another.”
3. Fill in the blank: “The strangest thing I’ve ever done to rest my voice is…. getting steroid shots!”