Sunday, November 23, 2008

Club Review - Jeff Trachta

The former heart-throb from The Bold and the Beautiful is performing his electric Las Vegas Variety Act in the Cascade Room of Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs.
I feel lucky to have caught this gem of a performer in action. Energy?! Trachta has it in spades. Backed by an incredible video display of dizzying characters all played by him and other TV and political images, Trachta is as alluring as a dazzlingly bright set of aerial fireworks on the Fourth of July. His powerful singing voice simply soars, and his biting sense of humor is fast, cracklingly spontaneous and genuine. Appealing impressions of George Burns, Joan Rivers, and a myriad of politicians from Bush to Nixon to Regan stand tall - and an hysterical recreation of the All in the Family theme song with Trachta doing both Archie and Edith's vocals is uproarious. And that is just the beginning. There are right-on-target takeoffs of personalities from TV Land like Paul Lynde, Jim Backus' character from Gilligan's Island or Ted Knight as Ted Baxter from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, all of whom had a sensitivity that just couldn't be labeled as gay. His choice of music suits the mood: big, bold and splashy hits like "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Honesty", "Imagine" "Hey Jude" with a couple of romantic ballads thrown in to keep that soap opera image alive, like "Love Me Tender". His is quite an amazing range.
There are cartoons, political commentaries - silly, of course, and a myriad of exchanges - both crazy and charming - that make an audience fall in love with a true, living showman: Jeff Trachta, Mr. Showman. Don't miss this gigantic talent!!
Fridays & Saturdays @ 7pm and Sundays at 2pm at the Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs.
It would be a good idea to call for reservations: 1-888-999-1995 ext 4050.
5 out of 5 stars


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