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JLO: All I Have Las Vegas Residency

It’s September in New York City: Jennifer Lopez is standing on the street, having just left the set of her new television series, “Shades of Blue.” It’s now nearly four months until she kicks off her Las Vegas residency at Zappos Theater in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Just as she begins to talk about what to expect from her Vegas show, ALL I HAVE, she gets distracted as a fire truck goes whizzing past her, sirens blaring, filling the air with sound.

In a way, it’s rather serendipitous and appropriate, because Lopez promises that her show will be hot. Real hot.

“You have all these ideas (on tour), but picking that up and taking it from city to city and country to country is really not possible. But doing something like this in Vegas, where you’re in one spot–you are really able to create.”

“You can expect high energy,” she announces, pointing out that unrestrained energy has always been a staple of her concerts. “I guess my goal for the show is it doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of my music or not, that you just come because it’s an amazing show. It’s going to have lots of choreography. It’s going to be beautifully done.”

CONCERT DATES IN 2016

Jan. 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, 30
Feb. 3, 5, 6, 9
May 22, 25, 28, 29
June 1, 3, 4, 8, 11, 12
Tickets can be purchased online at JLoVegas.com or in-person at Zappos Theater Box Office.

ALL I HAVE, the multi-talented star states, is “everything that I’ve ever imagined I’d be able to do on tour.” Unfortunately for performers, the touring world doesn’t work that way. Lopez said her mind is always chock-full of ideas when she hits the road, but she simply can’t do everything that she wants to do on tour. But, the Vegas show, which opens on January 20, 2016, knows no such bounds.

“I’m super excited,” Lopez says. “You have all these ideas (on tour), but picking that up and taking it from city to city and country to country is really not possible. But doing something like this in Vegas, where you’re in one spot—you are really able to create.”

For Lopez, a woman used to selling out grandiose stadiums around the world, ALL I HAVE also offers her something that she’s not necessarily used to experiencing in concerts: intimacy with the audience.

“It has such an electric energy, Vegas,” she says. “Even though there are thousands of people in the room, (Zappos Theater) is a much more intimate venue than I’m used to doing. It’s like you really get to share an evening with the person performing. I want to incorporate that into my show.”

And when it comes to Vegas, she says, you can expect a different show every night. “There’s a spontaneity to the show, with different things happening and being said,” she explains. “It’s a special experience.”

Las Vegas, too, has always been a special place for Lopez. Every time she leaves, she always yearns to come back. Having broken into the music scene in 1999 with her debut album, “On the 6,” a record that produced five singles, Lopez has played in the city many, many times, including New Year’s Eve at Caesars Palace as the calendar flipped to 2015.

That particular show went so well that Las Vegas took notice, and Caesars Entertainment decided that they needed more Lopez. “I couldn’t be more pleased,” she says. “I feel blessed to be able to do it, and I can’t wait to spend some time (in Las Vegas) and really do my show.”

The show is one thing–but don’t let Lopez fool you: She’s also pretty ecstatic to spend time in Sin City because of something else.

“I’ve been preparing for this moment my entire life. It’s going to be the show I’ve always dreamed of creating.”

“My favorite thing is the food,” she gushes. “There are so many good restaurants. I just love the food, and the shows and the nightlife. I know everybody goes for the gambling, but I think it has so much more to offer than that.”

When asked whether it’s ever occurred to her that people may come specifically to see her, she replies, “I hope so. We’ll have a good time. I know that.”

A veteran of the city, Lopez knows that Las Vegas Boulevard offers an infinite amount of entertainment, but she is also confident that her brand of performing is too unique not to check out. (What else would you expect out of “Jenny from the Block”?)

DISCOGRAPHY

On the 6 (1999)
J.Lo (2001)
J to tha L-O! The Remixes
(2002)
This Is Me… Then
(2002)
Rebirth (2005)
Como Ama una Mujer
(2007)
Brave (2007)
Love? (2011)
Dance Again… the Hits
(2012)
A.K.A. (2014)

“I just want my show to stand apart,” she says. “In the fact that my performance, energy and what I’m bringing to the table as a performer is going to make people want to say, ‘You gotta go see that show. It’s so much fun. I forgot she had so many hits.’ Hopefully word of mouth will get around.”

Lopez has conquered, and continues to conquer, the world of movies and television. You’ll soon see her playing a New York City police detective in Shades of Blue, a provocative drama coming to NBC in January 2016. But this triple threat says that getting her own residency in Las Vegas ranks right near the top of her life’s career accomplishments.

“It’s a dream come true, for sure, because I’ve always wanted to create the show of my dreams, and now I have that opportunity here in Vegas.”

She continues, “I’ve been preparing for this moment my entire life. The show is going to be a multifaceted high-energy ‘Jenny from the Block’ party, mixing all aspects of what my fans and I love—dance, hip-hop, Latin and pop. It’s going to be the show I’ve always dreamed of creating.”

Well, it certainly sounds hot. Let’s just hope there’s a fire engine nearby again.

PHOTOGRAPH BY ©KARL SIMONE/CORBIS OUTLINE
PHOTO OF JENNIFER LOPEZ PERFORMING BY ANA CARBALLOSA.

About The Author

Mark Gray is a freelance writer who has had over 2,500 nationally-published stories. Having lived in Las Vegas since 2005, Gray worked in the public relations field before taking a job with PEOPLE Magazine, where he worked for nearly eight years. A pop culture junkie, he’s a contributor to PEOPLE, Rolling Stone, wonderwall.com, msn.com, and others. The Salt Lake City native is an unapologetic fanatic of both punk rock and country music, and when he's not studying the latest news on celebrity culture, he's likely posted up somewhere watching a gluttony of sports.

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