“A show unlike anything I’ve done before,” Lady Gaga teased fans back in 2018 in a press statement for Enigma, her two-year residency concert in Las Vegas. A few months before its grand finale, Gaga delivers and lives up to the hype, proving everyone that she is not only a star born for Vegas but she owned it as if Vegas was a place made just for her.
Hailed as one of the highest-grossing residencies Las Vegas has ever seen in years—eclipsing previous residencies by Brittney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, or the Back Street Boys— Lady Gaga has been showered with endless critical acclaim for her stellar performances in Enigma.
“For a show that at first seemed like an excuse to remind us what Gaga is best at, it ended up becoming a show that confirms and begins her legacy,” The Rolling Stone wrote.
Entertainment Weekly applauded the singer’s intent to go back to her roots. “At some point, Gaga lost who she was — whether by her own fault or the machine around her, is only for her to say — but Enigma, in as much as we need from it, serves as her way of affirming that she’s never been more secure in who she is and that the most atypical parts of Lady Gaga are just as present and valid as the parts we perhaps have told her we’d have an easier time accepting,” they said.
Meanwhile, the masterful creativity behind Enigma’s costume and set designs, an aspect which rightfully deserves a review of its own, amazes with an out-of-this-world quality that rivals Matthew Barney’s “Cremaster Cycle.”
“With her longtime fashion collaborator Nicola Formichetti and her sister Natali Germanotta joining forces, the duo spawned a number of creative looks —ranging from florescent and leather to a bodysuit with flashing LED lights and a nude-coloured unitard— for Gaga, the dancers and her band that would have made David Bowie proud,” Billboard commended.
A stark contrast from Jazz & Piano, where she croons stripped-down renditions of her all-time hits and timeless tunes from the American songbook, Enigma is where the Mother Monster shatters all existing standards set before her by earlier precursors, including Cher, Celine Dion, to Elton John. In Enigma, the six-time Grammy winner takes us back to everything she is known for at the dawn of her Fame era—vivacious outfits, impeccable choreography, pyrotechnics, mechanical robots, a campy, sci-fi theme, the works!
The show kicks off with a video introducing Enigma, Lady Gaga’s alter ego, who welcomes the cheering crowd. Clad in a flamboyant fluorescent catsuit, soft tortoise curls, and tangerine lipstick Gaga’s opening number showcases her descending to the stage in a harness while effortlessly playing Emma, her keytar, and eventually singing and grooving to three of her greatest songs, “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” and “LoveGame.”
As the inimitable universe of Lady Gaga’s enigma fully unfolds, you’ll catch yourself completely blown away by one dramatic production number after another, from “Dance in the Dark,” “Beautiful, Dirty, Rich,” “Paparazzi,” “Telephone,” to her much-talked-about cover of David Bowie’s “I’m Afraid of Americans” and her moving encore performance for “Shallow.”
The Enigma crowd is a curious mix. The first set features die-hard Little Monsters who intentionally pilgrimaged to Las Vegas to worship the diva and deity that is Gaga. Transcending the dictates of society and owning their unique individuality, they stand out from the sea of normalcy, radiating with fun and fearless aura that’s hard to miss and parading risque outfits with hints of neon as documented on the dedicated Instagram hashtag #EnigmaFashion, which you should definitely check out for inspo.
The second half, on the other hand, are the lucky ones who happen to be in the right place, at the right time. They may be in Vegas for a whole different reason— business or pleasure, the buffets or the casinos—but they’d find themselves making the most of their stay and serendipitously purchasing Lady Gaga Enigma tickets on an impulse. Little did they know that they’re going to have the grandest time of their life.
Lady Gaga in Las Vegas guarantees a legendary performance you’ll never forget. Whether you’re a fan or not, expect to be captivated and left spellbound by Lady Gaga’s Enigma nonetheless. Dancing like no one’s watching and surprisingly singing along to her songs like you knew them by heart. You’ll leave Park Theater with an indefinable elation for your new-found appreciation for love, life, and music.
Make your Vegas vacation one for the books! Catch Lady Gaga Enigma at the Park Theater on Park MGM Grand Arena while you still can! It’s running until May 15, 2020.
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