Note: Now playing at Bally's Las Vegas
"Country Superstars" is now playing inside the showroom at the Golden Nugget. The show has
created a new format for itself and is probably one of the best versions that I've seen. The
with the arrival of Cody Collins (the former lead singer of Lonestar.) It is a new---half
impersonator/half headliner show. The first half of the show is all of the impersonators, and
there is Cody. It is an interesting mix of genres, but it does come with its shortcomings.
Impersonator shows can be a tough sell---especially when the stars that are being impersonated
alive, and often play Vegas. Why see a show of impersonators when the real thing is available?
it might be the price, and part of it might be the ability to see a wider variety of artists
and hear a
greater selection of music...additionally, the accessibility and availability is far greater
"real" thing. Whatever the motivation, Las Vegas is filled impersonator shows around every
"Country Superstars" had to find a way to separate itself from the rest of the crowd, which is
brought in Cody Collins.
Ron Keel and Corrie Sachs seem to be the mainstays of the production. Keel performs as Ronnie
Sachs as Reba McEntire. Keel's impersonation has always been solid...strong character, good
very low key. Sachs' has done McEntire for years, and at this point, perhaps too many years.
fallen into the traps of her own profession, and instead of doing the best McEntire that she
can do, she
is simply doing a caricature of the performer. I'm sure that the funny faces and vocal quirks
gotten good response over the years, but now that seems as if it is all she does.
All of the impersonators in the show come with an impressive list of credits and do their best
entertain the crowd, but for the most part, it seems as if something is missing---whether it's
element of dynamics, a connection with the crowd, or the shortcomings of the room---something
and the excitement doesn't seem to fill the space. I know that part of the problem is the trap
impersonator can fall prey to...because the performer is so focused on playing someone else;
sometimes lose the connection with the audience. It is that inner dynamic that made the real
stars..."STARS," and if that spirit is intent on looking, sounding, and moving like someone
we miss out on that truly special "something."
This is punctuated with the arrival of Cody Collins...as soon as he takes the stage and opens
mouth...we get it immediately. We understand why he is a legitimate recording star and all of
performers are not. He truly shines in this production. He has both talent and charisma. The
unfortunate side to his being wonderful is that he points up the shortcomings of everyone else.
side, the impersonators do not come off so well.
The band is absolutely terrific. They play a variety of styles and songs, and handle each one
brilliantly. They are a very tight group. There is nothing like a good live band. It adds so
much to a
production. This show would fail if it weren't for the band.
This show is a tough call...if you are a country fan, then of course you are going to like it.
is great. If, however, you are on the fence about the genre...then seeing impersonators are
to push you to their side.