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The Voice

Céline Dion Focuses on the Music

Photo Courtesy of Caesars Entertainment Corp.

Even before she steps onstage, the crowd is on their feet, roaring in anticipation and chanting “Cé-line, Cé-line, Cé-line.” When she appears and sings Journey’s “Open Arms,” they erupt in cheers.

It’s Céline Dion’s first show of her second residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and fans are discovering that this show is different from her theatrical A New Day… production. The focus here is on the beauty of her voice and the music itself, and playing with a 31-piece orchestra nightly “is a dream come true,” Dion says.

The show contains less pageantry and is more personal; Dion weaves in segments of her private life, admitting, “I’m an open book. I’ve been an open book all my life.” Home videos of her sons, 10-year-old René-Charles and twins Eddy and Nelson, born in October 2010, prove this, as they play on a video screen in the background while she sings Billy Joel’s “Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel).”

All of the songs chosen for the show have special meaning to Dion. Before singing Janis Ian’s “At Seventeen,” she points out how the “words are so simple, yet say so much.”

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