Another sold out show at Casino Rama in Orillia and coming to the stage is music icon Olivia Newton-John. You’ve seen her on the big screen and heard the voice on most contemporary radio stations, with a career which spans over four decades with over 100 millions albums sold, Olivia’s sound stands out to sooth the soul.
Her opening song “Magic”(1980), immediately got the crowd on its feet and followed with “Xanadu”(1980) from the movie with the same name. The energy in the facility was rising from the fans and the singer as well.
Casually dressed in a pant suit with a loose waving throw she caught the fans’ attention, Olivia was ready to entertain.
The next song, “Deeper than the Night”(1992) was up and then to complete the Xanadu soundtrack, “Suddenly” (1980) which led into a short break and a quick swig from her of her cool beverage.
The tone was to pick up with a rock tune from the star’s list of hit list “Twist of Fate” (1983) from the soundtrack Two of a Kind.
Over 40 years of music, it was time to go back to her country roots. “Have You Never Been Mellow” (1975) followed by “Take Me Home Country Roads”(1973) , “Please Mr Please” (1975), “Jolene” (1976) and “Let Me Be There (1973).
After a round of country it was time to get to the chart topping hit, “Physical” (1981), the audience was rejuvenated and on its feet exercising and singing along. Olivia made a special note that this song was banned by some radio stations which made this song memorable for her.
The environment is special to Olivia Newton-John and helping people gain access to clean drinking water is important to this star so she sang a couple of songs to help this fight. “Promise” (The Dolphin Song) (1981) and “Don’t Cut Me Down” (1994) brought attention to the fans.
After a cancer scare in 1992 Olivia also backs cancer research and patient care for those suffering from the disease. While going through her cancer treatment she wrote this song, “Not Gonna Give Into It” (1994). The crowd showed its appreciation for her successful battle.
Then the era that brought Olivia Newton-John to super stardom, Grease, was about to be heard and the audience anticipation was about to be fulfilled. In a dark stadium “Look at Me I’m Sandra Dee” (1978) the reprise version filled a quiet area and the fans went crazy as this introduced “You’re The One That I Want” (1978). The leather jacket-clad Olivia along with a bandmate belted out this song with all of the energy and fun they could have on stage. “Hopelessly Devoted To You” (1978), “Summer Nights” (1978) and “We Go Together” (1978) completed the musical saga. The fans got to sing along and they did it loudly to the movie hits.
“Grace and Gratitude” (2006) co-written with Canadian Amy Sky brought back a lot of memories for the Grammy award-winning singer. Then it was time for the last song of the evening, an early career tune that has a lot of meaning Olivia, “I Honestly Love You” (1974) from the album If You Love Me, Let Me Know which really was the beginning of this great career.
The full house at Casino Rama erupted in loud applause and shouts of appreciation, which brought out Olivia for an encore, “Over the Rainbow” (1989). Just a piano and Olivia Newton-John really made this final ending memorable.
A long musical career with some movies thrown in, this was a perfect night which showed off Olivia’s talents and transition from country to rock with a lot of heart felt emotion along the journey. Olivia Newton-John is an entertainer not to be missed out on, with more new music to come so she will continue to hit the road and entertain for many more years.