Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011 | 5:18 p.m.
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Super-producer David Foster was front and center in the spotlight for his multiple-artist concert David Foster & Friends last night at Mandalay Bay Events Center, and, in a change of pace, Foster was a headliner alongside his successful collaborators Donna Summer, Kenny Loggins, Charice and Ruben Studdard.
Tom Donoghue was on duty for a super-sized Vegas DeLuxe photo gallery and also served as reporter. “Mandalay Bay was rockin’ last night. David Foster & Friends captured the crowd completely for nearly three hours. Kenny Loggins, Charice and Ruben Studdard were unbelievable, and Donna Summer stole the show.”
Loggins, Charice, Studdard and Summer also appeared with Foster last year during his fundraising concert of the same name for PBS. Donoghue continued, “New talent stole the hearts of the more than 6,000 at Mandalay. Erik Gomez, who works at the front desk at the Bellagio, had the crowd standing the moment he started singing ‘Time to Say Goodbye.’ Angel Blue was an amazing soprano with ‘O Mio Bambino Caro.’
“Fifteen-year-old Sara Centrino did a Bodyguard medley, and a six-boy group, The Overtones, was fabulous. The crowd never stopped cheering for the newbies and seemed spellbound by the fresh talent. David Foster was David Foster, with his smiles telling it all! He also mentioned that he will be doing a show at Mandalay once at month for the next 11 months.”
Donoghue also shot Foster’s up-close rehearsal with his musicians at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Friday afternoon. Foster returns next month with a still-to-be-determined lineup, while the final month of the year has him featuring young America’s Got Talent darling Jackie Evancho; both concerts also are at Mandalay Bay.
Don Chareunsy is editor of VegasDeLuxe.com and arts and entertainment editor of LasVegasSun.com.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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