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DVD. Bdcast live, 1998 on VH1. Grtst songs by Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Shania Twain, & Mariah Ca rey. Appearances by Susan Sarandon, Patricia Arquette, Jenn ifer Aniston, Teri Hatcher, & Sarah Jessica Parker. Lyrics in Engl., Fre
Once an appellation reserved for high-flying operatic stars, the diva has gone mainstream in recent decades, mirroring pop music's post-rock recovery of glitz, glamour, and theatrical hyperbole. Where once there was but a handful of pop divas, fans can now find a growing legion of contenders, a trend underscored by this 1998 cable special originally produced for VH1. The show's producers start with the title's high concept (five divas, one stage!), add an admirable if shrewd charity hook (the better to recruit platinum stars without prohibitive fees), and provide fans with an otherwise straightforward revue, interspersed with introductory cameos from film and television actresses.
For the starring quintet's fans, VH1 Divas Live is hard to disparage: Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Shania Twain, and Mariah Carey provide the requisite combination of beauty, high-ticket sartorial glamour, and stage drama, and their brief sets hew to their biggest hits. Beyond that common formula, these four do diverge somewhat, Dion and Carey most closely following the mannered tradition of the prima donna, Estefan (who, between songs, admits her bemusement at inclusion) offering an earthier and less calculated variant, and the nominally country-oriented Twain rounding out the headliners as a diva-in-the-making, perfectly packaged if vocally more modest.
Still, it's the show's "old timers" who remind us of what's too often missing from today's diva--the emotional largesse that fans crave, and an underlying sense of true worldliness. The fifth featured diva, Aretha Franklin, has never achieved conventional glamour, but what she offers in vocal power and career prestige enables Lady Soul to cast a long shadow across the entire show, even when her actual performances are duets or ensembles. And Carole King, also along for duets and ensemble spots, is even less to the diva manor born, a quintessential singer-songwriter even when draped in an elegant black suit, but her longstanding credibility likewise translates to pole position here. --Sam Sutherland
Love this dvd. I am a big fan of Estefan and Dion. Both are great ladies. :)Published 3 months ago by Zilma A. Osle
Mariah awesome on..make it happen..love celine.shani always consistant rocks the house.gloria does a good song or two.carole king aretha wonderful.well worth it.. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Thomas T
This is a must have one. They all have their own styles and their appareances make it so interesting.Published 7 months ago by URIEL HERNANDEZ
This is a Great performance by 6 performers not just Mariah Carey.Published 10 months ago by Breezinsamy
Easy listening and brings back memories of times past.
Would recommend this product to anyone interested in the "good Ole Days of Music"
Several of us enjoy watching this. Terrific performances by these lovely women. Go divas! It's a keeper in our collection.Published on December 2, 2012 by BeTheChangeWeSeek
This concert is amazing! It has everything:
- Great looking divas
- Great performances
- Shania Twain (she's the best in the concert for me)... Read more