Diana Ross Brings “Love” To Orlando
Diana Ross And Rhonda Ross Give Extravagant Performances During The ‘In The Name Of Love’ Tour
BY JALESSA CASTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
ORLANDO - The lights dim as the sound of pounding drums echoes across the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The sold out theater shook as the crowd chanted “Diana” until the thin curtain was pulled away and the beginning notes of “I'm Coming Out” turned their chanting into cheers.
June 23, 2013 started Diana Ross’ “In The Name of Love Tour.” A tour having an incredible total of 180 shows in Asia, South America, and North America. At last the tour came to Orlando and it was incredible.
Beginning the evening was the smooth jazz and blues stylings of Rhonda Ross and her band. Opening for her mother, Rhonda brought the genres to the big stage and got the crowd ready for the rest of the show. Her dynamite performance of a variety of songs, including, “Nobody’s Business” helped to rev up the audience and give them a taste of her signature style. Something I personally enjoyed was her enthusiasm to connect with the audience, not only did she speak to the audience but then she spent time by the merchandise counter to meet with attendees after the show.
When Diana Ross made her dramatic entrance the entire audience greeted her with screams and jumped to their feet. With her band blasting she made sure to remind everyone of the notion that she is one of the Queens of Motown, sporting a luxurious turquoise throw and rocking her gorgeously ravenous curls, she blew everyone away with her vocals.
Diana dazzled in a total of four different outfits, including a sparkling red off the shoulder get up, a jeweled black ensemble, and concluding the show in a shimmering white gown; all of which included a matching throw.
Whether you are a fan of The Supremes, Ross’ solo career, or both, she had a show for you. Singing her hits of the 60s and 70s including, “Baby Love,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” she proved that she still has ‘it’. Not stopping there, she sang some 80s successes including, “Endless Love.”
However, the show stopping performance came in the form of, “Stop! In The Name Of Love,” which brought every spectator to their feet, dancing and singing along to the popular tune. Not to mention the lights that flashed every time she sang “Stop!”, illuminating the whole theater.
One of the aspects of Diana Ross’ set that I really appreciated was her admiration for her band and back up singers. Not only did she introduce them in the beginning of her performance but she went on to reintroduce them and give them a short solo each as the show came to an end.
The showcase had a spontaneous feel, with multiple saxophone solos, an impromptu duet with one of her backup singers, and even an invitation for an audience member to join her on stage to dance with her, the show was full of great surprises!
The daughter duo of Diana and Rhonda proved to be a smash hit and a spectacular experience that took us on a ride through two generations and three decades of music.