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Jennifer Hudson @ the Hollywood Bowl. July 6 & 7, 2018

by Kevin Taft
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Jul 10, 2018
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"American Idol's" "Dreamgirl" Jennifer Hudson graced the Hollywood Bowl stage for the first time in a star-making performance that solidified her place as one of the best singers of her generation.

While she was a finalist on the 2004 season of the long-running singing competition reality show, Hudson has proven a formidable and long-lasting talent. Winning a Best Supporting Oscar and Golden Globe for her rousing turn in "Dreamgirls" to her numerous Grammy and Humanitarian Awards, and her Tony nomination for her role in Broadway's "The Color Purple," Ms. Hudson has truly become a force to be reckoned with.

So it's no surprise that she would blow the roof off on the Bowl with an understated yet electrifying performance that showed off her chops without overstaying her welcome. Hudson arrived on stage in a glittery silver fringe dress that lit her up like one of the stars in the Hollywood sky. Her sassy banter with the audience simply added to the talent on display, showing the young woman as someone who can command the stage even while ad-libbing.

While she has three solo albums of her own, only a few of the songs from the night's set were taken directly from them ("Spotlight," "Where You At," "We Gon Fight," and "I Remember Me.) She, of course, came out to backup dancers and singers singing the theme from "Dreamgirls" but she saved the show's penultimate song "And I Am Not Going" for the end of the evening after a lovely version of Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love."

Other highlights included coming down into the audience to dance with the crowd (minus the misguided fan who thought it would be appropriate to slap her on the behind - all of which was projected on the enormous Bowl Jumbotrons), and a stirring version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." Her powerful encore was "Never Enough," from the recent box office smash "The Greatest Showman."

It was a perfect evening of showmanship, confidence, and grace all wrapped up in one of the best voices to hit the stage in decades. Hudson might not have won American Idol, but she has certainly won over the hearts and ears of the world.

"Jennifer Hudson with Orchestra" played July 6-7 at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. For upcoming events at the Bowl visit www.hollywoodbowl.com.

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to 'Star Wars' and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg.


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