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article imageReview: Paula Abdul brings Vegas style production to Nassau Coliseum Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 8, 2017 in Music
Uniondale - On July 7, multifaceted entertainer Paula Abdul shared the stage with New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men, as part of the "Total Package Tour."
Abdul opened with "The Way That You Love Me," where she sang with a backing track (as she is normally known for), and with that track she experienced a few minor technical difficulties. "Hello, Long Island. I'm happy to be here. You want to dance all night?" she asked.
It was followed by such hits as "Cold Hearted" and "Opposites Attract," which was incorporated with a medley with the classic "Singing in the Rain." Over the course of her set, Abdul underwent several outfit changes.
During "Rush Rush," she dressed in a white wedding gown, and shared some optimistic advice to hopefuls. Equally fun was her signature song "Straight Up," and she closed on an infectious note with the sweet song "Forever Your Girl." "I hate this part cause I have to say good night," she said.
"I had so much fun tonight. I will miss all of you so much," she said. "I love you. My heart belongs to you," she concluded, for her Long Island fan-base.
The Verdict
As a dancer and performer Paula Abdul was impressive, but her vocals weren't. She relied too much on playback and auto-tune, and felt like she wasn't even trying. For her age, Abdul was in incredible shape, and her six dancers were equally gifted (as they were able to catch Abdul when she jumped from a ladder). In a few instances, she shared some inspiring words to her audience, which could have easily been summed to the following three: "never give up."
There was no live band, and the giant televised screens weren't even showing Abdul up close, so anybody that had a nosebleed ticket, would have experienced great difficulty to see her. It was all about the visual production.
Paula Abdul's set was very theatrical and campy and it is something that belongs at a Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, for an intimate group of fans (similar to what Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez have been doing). For a venue the size of Nassau Coliseum, it was seriously lacking, since there was a very limited connection with the fans, and she barely interacted with them. She was the least favorite part of the "Total Package Tour," but in her own right, she was a big part of the 80's entertainment scene, and she emerged as America's sweetheart as a judge on American Idol. Her live show garnered 2.5 out of 5 stars.
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