Star quality: Vegas shows and film role showcase Lady Gaga’s diverse talent

Photos by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Park MGM
Photos by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Park MGM

That Lady (Gaga) is a tramp. She sang so herself. That Rodgers & Hart show tune was the first song that Gaga and Tony Bennett recorded together, released on his 2011 album “Duets II.” Three years later, they teamed up once again on “Cheek to Cheek,” a collaborative record of mostly jazz standards. They also performed together at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood in December 2014 and April 2015, respectively.

Now Gaga is revisiting that side of herself during her “Jazz & Piano” residency at Park Theater, which debuted on Jan. 20, with none other than Bennett dropping by to join her for two songs on opening night, and which runs concurrently with her “Enigma” performances. The shows, nine scheduled thus far, will be a more intimate, less visually ostentatious affair than the eye-popping, larger-than-life Enigma gigs. (See “Inside an Enigma,” page 57.)

Once again, Gaga will delve into the Great American Songbook as well as perform stripped-down versions of some of her own hits.

If these shows underscore what a diverse talent Gaga is, so has her acclaimed performance in the smash hit remake of “A Star Is Born,” for which she is roundly considered a front-runner in the best actress category at the Academy Awards, which will be held Feb. 24. (Gaga lost to Glenn Close in the Best Actress in a Drama category at the Golden Globes last month.) Gaga’s starring role in the critically lauded film has given her yet another career boost to dovetail nicely with her extended stay in Vegas.

“As a woman in music, it is really hard to be taken seriously,” Gaga said during her emotional acceptance speech upon winning a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for a Motion Picture in January.

Maybe so, but at least she’s doing her part to make it a bit easier.

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