Best-known for his hit songs “Angel,” “I’m Free” and “Just Another Day,” three-time Grammy Award-winner Jon Secada returns to Las Vegas this Saturday, performing live inside the Tropicana’s Tiffany Theatre. Although Secada told glowbass.com that it’s “been a while” since he’s performed in the Entertainment Capital of the World, the popular singer still had a favorite Vegas restaurant when asked where he likes to eat when he’s in town.
“There are just so many, but I really enjoy Nove Italiano inside the Palms,” Secada replied. “I love the view there and the restaurant is just amazing. I also like finding out what’s the hottest restaurant in town at the moment and going there. I mean, room service is great, but I love stepping out, as each hotel in Las Vegas has so much to offer.”
In addition to its selection, Secada said he also loves Las Vegas’ restaurant scene for one particular reason.
“Since you usually don’t have to drive anywhere [after you eat], I can go crazy with the cocktails,” he said with a laugh. “I work my ass off so I can spend those extra calories on a restaurant’s signature cocktails. I’m a huge lemon drop fan, so usually I start with one of those and then just let the wine take over while I enjoy a restaurant’s ambiance.”
While Secada may enjoy an alcoholic drink or two with his meal, when he comes to Las Vegas, alcohol isn’t the only thing he’s drinking.
“I always make sure to drink lots of water, especially before a show, to stay hydrated,” Secada replied when asked about any pre-show dining rituals. “I also don’t eat a lot of spicy foods before a show, as that’s generally not a good idea.”
When asked about his Las Vegas concert date, Secada said ticketholders could expect to hear “a perfect blend” of both his Spanish and English hits, as the show would be an overview of his impressive career.
“It’s about 50/50,” he stated, “with some Broadway stuff mixed in. It’s sort of revue-style, as I like to play with the audience a bit and get them involved. I guess you could say the show’s sort of a potpourri of my career.”
Currently on the road promoting his upcoming release Otra Vez (due out this February), Secada said he’s anxious for fans to hear his newest CD—his first Spanish pop release in eight years. When asked how he decided which language to record the CD in (Secada has had hit recordings in both English and Spanish), Secada replied, “I was doing this TV show in Latin America, sort of the Spanish version of ‘American Idol,’ and that sort of made me want to do this CD. Plus, I hadn’t done a pop Spanish CD in so long. My last CD, Classics, was recorded in both English and Spanish, but really it was focused more toward the Anglo market. I’m sure my next CD will be in English, though, as that’s the way I’ve always done things: 50/50. I’m fortune that in my career I can do both.”
Since Secada is known as both an English- and Spanish-speaking artist, it should come as no surprise to hear that during his show, he sings some of his signature songs in both languages.
“I’ll sing in both English and Spanish within the song itself,” Secada explained. “I’ll sing Spanglish.”
While Secada is proud of his career as a singer and is looking forward to touring Puerto Rico and several Latin American markets in the upcoming months, the longtime performer, who in recent years has also made a name for himself as an actor, did admit that he misses Broadway and would “love to go back to theater.”
“It’s just so rewarding,” he said of his experience performing in such hit musicals as Grease, Cabaret and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. “It’s all-encompassing.”
Secada even knows which show he’d like to star in if given the chance.
“I heard there’s a new production possibly in the works for Man of la Mancha, which was one of the first shows I ever saw back in high school,” he said. “My name’s been thrown out, and I would love to be a part of that show if it ever does get readdressed.”
For now, though, Secada has his eyes set on another goal: possibly performing in Las Vegas full-time.
“I would love to be a regular headliner in Las Vegas,” Secada concluded. “I just love entertaining in that environment. Vegas caters to so many different people—the demographics are truly across the board.”
And with adoring fans who speak both English and Spanish, Secada seems like the perfect Vegas match.
Jon Secada performs inside the Tropicana’s Tiffany Theatre Jan. 22 at 9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $60.50. To reserve your seats, call 702-739-2417 or simply click here.
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