Michelle Johnson presents her new production of “Strictly Taboo!” Enjoy the hits of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Eartha Kitt, Peggy Lee, Nina Simone, Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith, Etta James and more in this fast-paced musical revue featuring the music and fascinating, little known backstories of some of the world’s greatest female jazz artists. Scandals, love stories, triumphs, tragedies, gowns, gloves, feathers …. and all of that fabulous music! Featuring the Strictly Taboo Orchestra, a 17 Piece Big Band under the direction of arranger and conductor Joe Escriba, dancers and more. Starring Michelle Johnson with several special guest vocalists. Go back in time and be swept away!
Musical Director/Conductor and Arranger Joe Escriba has worked with some of the biggest stars in the entertainment industry, including Celine Dion, David Foster, Diana Ross, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Don Henley, Brian McKnight, Sheena Easton, The Ojay’s, Tower Of Power and too many more to mention. As a composer/arranger Joe’s music has found its way into countless showrooms and theaters around the world. Joe has written over 1000 musical arrangements for production shows, television, film, radio, celebrities, lounges, and education worldwide and is currently a musical director and arranger for the world famous Legends In Concert show at the Flamingo Hotel where you can see him nightly on the Las Vegas Strip.
Guest artists for this show include these sensational talents: Elyse Branch, Genevieve Dew, Naomi Mauro, Mary Oliver, Kellie Wright, Avana Christie, a wonderful group of dancers, and more. For more information about the show and the cast bios, go to http://www.strictlytabooshow.com.
Despite her moniker as Las Vegas’ “First Lady of Jazz”, Michelle Johnson is much more than a jazz singer. Michelle has performed on Broadway, and has shared a stage with or recorded with several artists including Paul McCartney, Gladys Knight, Barbara Streisand, Elton John, Sheena Easton and Slash, appeared on several major television networks, and produced events across the globe for various headliners and Fortune 500 companies. She has appeared in and executive produced sold out shows at the Cabaret Jazz such as “Tapestry Unraveled” (a tribute to Carole King), Forever Purple (an all-star tribute to Prince) and has also appeared here with popular artists such as Clint Holmes, David Perrico (Pop Strings Orchestra) and Lon Bronson.