Diana Ross

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It is neither hyperbolic nor exaggeration to say that Diana Ross is one of the most successful female recording artists of all time. Opinions aside, it’s simply true. There are too many contenders who—try as they might—can not step to her amazing accomplishments, which are aplenty: 18 number-one singles (including Supremes hits), 70 smash singles, 100 million records sold worldwide, nominations for Golden Globe and Academy awards, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Grammy Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame awards, a Kennedy Center Honor, stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame—oh, and Female Entertainer of the Century by Billboard magazine. Many a Philadelphian will be eager to welcome the 70-year-old Detroit legend as she shimmies onto the Mann Center stage for the concert event of the summer.

Over 50 years after her Motown-motored arrival into America’s mainstream, the ripples of Ross’ pioneering career continue to be felt throughout entertainment and culture. (It’s no secret The Gays love her: Her ’76 global burner “Love Hangover” was all up in Paris is Burning, four years before the anthem “I’m Coming Out,” without which pride celebrations, drag queens and Diddy alike would be equally effed.) If there hadn’t been Diana, would there be a Michael Jackson as we know it? Beyonce? What about Mariah Carey or RuPaul? Would Audra McDonald have won a Tony for her turn as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill if Ross hadn’t portrayed Billie so expertly in Lady Sings the Blues? Would Jennifers Holliday or Hudson have pulled off their inspired “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” versions if it weren’t for Ross’ example and perseverance in the early days? She’s teamed with greats for unforgettable duets in studio and on films. Could ‘70s Hollywood have ever found a more luminous, perfectly-cast on-screen co-star for Billy Dee Williams? Nope.

It’s impossible to imagine what kind of setlist Ross could be cookin’ up to heighten her Mann mien. Just know that no matter what—even for stalwarts who believe Patti or Aretha are the divas to beat—The Boss reigns supreme tonight. // BILL CHENEVERT

8pm. $25-$125. The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave. 215.878.0400. manncenter.org
 

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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