Celebrity Portrait

Céline’s Song

Following the Birth of Twins, Céline Dion Returns to Caesars Palace

by Jacquelynn D. Powers

Photograph by Daniela Federici/ Feeling Productions, Inc.

World-famous singer, multiple Grammy®-award winner and recent new mother to twins, Eddy and Nelson, Céline Dion is back on the Strip and happier than ever. “I still have the passion for performing,” she says. “I still like to sing and be onstage, and The Colosseum wanted me again. I’m excited to be wanted and to be loved.”

Dion’s decision to return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, where her triumphant five-year run brought back glamour to Las Vegas and attracted such stars as Elton John, Cher and Bette Midler, came as she was touring the globe.

“I’m just ready,” a glowing Dion says of her return to the arena she created and the stage on which she triumphed for so many years.

Fans also are ready for her homecoming in Las Vegas. The Colosseum did record sales within days of her new show going on sale.

The show, Céline at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, opened in March and differs from her previous Franco Dragone directed A New Day… production. This time around, under the direction of Ken Ehrlich, the vibe is all about the music and the beauty of Dion’s voice.

Famed for producing several of Dion’s television specials, Ehrlich also has produced and directed specials with some of the biggest artists in the world, including Eric Clapton, Faith Hill, Elton John, Paul Simon and Christina Aguilera. In the new show, Dion performs with her 31-piece orchestra and band.

“This show is completely different,” she says in an interview a few weeks before the show’s opening. “It is a gift for me to go back onstage with an orchestra. It’s a dream come true for an artist to be able to have so many musicians enhance the beauty of the music itself. If we go into a recording studio or if we do an Oscar night and you have thirty musicians, it’s a thrill. But it happens very rarely in your career. To have this luxury every night, it can’t get any better.”

Dion continues, “We are going to have magic moments onstage, costume changes, light extravaganzas and special effects. There are going to be surprises. We want to please our fans with every show. We have a sense of show business and we know what fans like. My career has been based on beautiful songs. It will be up-tempo. We can’t just be singing lullabies for an hour and a half. It will be beautiful, but different.”

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