Niki Scalera celebrates the life and career of Dame Shirley Bassey in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
Powerhouse Broadway veteran Niki Scalera celebrates the life and career of Dame Shirley Bassey with her solo cabaret concert Diamonds are forever at the Italian American Club on June 16.
Niki brings her unique perspective on the extraordinary life and career of this British megastar, one of the most successful British artists of all time.
Dame Bassey is known for her thrilling vocal power, incredible range and passionate performances on concert stages around the world. Inspired by Dame Bassey’s remarkable voice and career, Niki pays special tribute to Dame Bassey but brings to the stage stories of her own journey as a Broadway performer and pop singer as she parallels and contrasts her life and career with those of Dame Bassey.
Niki was one of the star performers of The Cocktail Cabaret at Caesar’s Palace, we will Rock You in Paris, and one of the featured singers with the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra and on Broadway in Disney’s Tarzan. Then, while performing on Broadway as Penny Pingleton in hair sprayshe began bringing her fascination with Dame Bassey to the stage with a cabaret concert at the Laurie Beechman Theater in New York.
Back in Las Vegas, Scalera teamed up with longtime friend and colleague Keith Thompson (Jersey Boys, the showcase of composers). They began to turn the concert into a musical and theatrical tour de force that not only highlights the music and career of Lady Bassey and showcases Niki’s spectacular vocal prowess.
Thompson, with his five-piece live band, delivers fresh and original arrangements of many hit classics made famous by Dame Bassey, such as “This Is My Life”, “I Who Have Nothing”, “I Am What I Am “, “The Greatest Performance of My Life”, “Never, Never, Ever” and, of course, some of Dame Bassey’s most famous hits in the James Bond films. Goldfinger, Moonraker, and Diamonds are forever.
Keith Thompson has been such a huge part of this show. He’s so clever in story and song structure, and I’m grateful to have him as my co-creator and musical director,” Niki says.
“For me, Shirley Bassey is probably the most expressive singer. Along with her amazing and powerful voice, it’s almost impossible not to be moved by her performance. She’s such an inspiration to me – a role model in vocal performance” , says Niki. . “Diamonds are forever is a cadenza of stories and songs featuring the music of the Great Lady Shirley Bassey. I touch on his life experiences and mine, and besides the fact that we have little or nothing in common, I’m able to draw similarities that I think a lot of people can relate to as well.
Niki Scalera celebrates the life and career of Dame Shirley Bassey with her solo cabaret concert, Diamonds are foreverat the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara Ave., on June 16. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a buffet dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Show time is at 8 p.m. Click the link to purchase tickets or call 702-457-3866.