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a u t o m a t i c I N D U S T R Y W E E K L Y | S E P T E M B E R 7 - 1 3 , 2 0 1 7 S ince it opened inside the Axis at Planet Hollywood resort in early 2016, Jennifer Lopez: All I Have has been hailed as one of the most energetic headliner productions of Las Vegas' modern en- tertainment era—an all-out singing and dancing showcase for its smoldering star. It has also emerged as the most hip- hop-in uenced resident show the Strip has ever seen. Other dance-centric productions like Jabbawockeez and Michael Jackson One share the inspiration. But the JLo show—which just started selling tickets for 2018 dates from February through June—is saturated with hip-hop culture, not a huge surprise considering both the star and the sound were born in the Bronx. Lopez didn't just grow up with the music, dancing, art and attitude all around her; she participated in every opportunity. Once a y girl, always a y girl. All I Have starts strong with a glammed- up "If You Had My Love," but it really explodes when a musical interlude fea- turing the inimitable voice of Kid Capri introduces a New York City subway scene where JLo drops electricifying versions of "I'm Real," "Feelin' So Good" and "Jenny From the Block"—the lat- ter fueled by that infectious Beatnuts sample—and keeps everyone dancing, transforming the Axis into the biggest club in Vegas. Hip-hop is always bor- rowing from funk, soul, R&B and rock 'n' roll, and so does the show, with JLo capably shifting from seductive ballad- eer to reggaeton booty-shaker to James Brown-esque bandleader. She can do it all, but given the opportunity to create a full-scale spectacular that represents her story and style, it's clear JLo's heart re- mains with hip-hop. Jennifer Lopez: All I Have at the Axis at Planet Hollywood, September 6-October 7. –Brock Radke J L O B R I N G S T H E B R O N X A N D P L E N T Y O F H I P - H O P T O T H E S T R I P F R O M T H E B L O C K P H O T O G R A P H B Y C H A R L E S S Y K E S / A P

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