By Dianne R. Davis
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Eric Jordan Young is 'Shakin’.

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Eric Jordan Young
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

The former star of Vegas! The Show is now shining in his own fabulous show, “Shakin,” with its classic Vegas entertainment, at the 300 seat Sin City Comedy Theatre at Planet Hollywood.  It is bound to please visitors of all ages with a mix of classic tunes, R&B, funk pop, and jazz.  He puts his own spin on music for all generations.  

Eric is backed by the talent of dancers Amanda Nowak and Sarah Short and some creative energetic choreography.  Four musicians are a pleasant surprise in a city too often filled with shows featuring canned music.  I can envision this production expanding in the future to include more dancers and musicians.

This seasoned entertainer opens with Old Black Magic and puts you on notice that he is there to deliver the goods with both songs and dance.  Eric radiates joy as he entertains. You feel like HE is having a great time and YOU are delighted to be part of it. Eric said his parents told him he was born shaking, dancing and singing. Thus the name of the show, Shakin'.

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Eric Jordan Young
Photo courtesy of Sin City Comedy Theater

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Eric Jordan Young
Photo courtesy of Sin City Comedy Theater

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Eric Jordan Young
Photo courtesy of Sin City Comedy Theater

This is Eric's dream - his own show on the strip. “classic entertainment with a modern twist” He earned it, he deserves it, and he delivers.The Broadway veteran’s credits include Chicago, Seussical The Musical, and Ragtime, plus off-Broadway touring productions like Rent.

Sammy and Me, his salute to Sammy Davis Jr., has received glowing reviews throughout the country. And you can absolutely see the Sammy Davis influence in classics such as the requisite Mr. Bojangles and the number in which he shined in Vegas! The Show - The Candy Man.

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Eric Jordan Young
Photo courtesy of Sin City Comedy Theater

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Eric Jordan Young
Photo courtesy of Sin City Comedy Theater

This is not the first time in Vegas for this two-time Broadway World Award winner. He performed in Vegas in the musicals Starlight Express and Chicago. Eric happily admits to being influenced by shows such as Carol Burnett, Flip Wilson, Hollywood Palace, the ones that showcased talent and variety. That's what he's going for.

Eric's goal is to take some classic tunes that people know - and some they may not know -and create his own arrangements vibrant and new but honoring the composers that originally wrote the songs.

And what could be more fun than seeing Eric Jordan Young in drag “Rollin' Down The River” as Tina Turner. He's not “Just a Gigolo” but its fun to hear the tune again.

Eric succeeds in connecting with the audience and making you feel like you are his friends. By the end of the show when you greet him outside the theater, you may want to give your friend a hug in thanks for doing his part in bringing good solid classical entertainment and live music back to Vegas

Eric may sing “I Ain’t Got Nobody”, but nobody in the room could dispute that this is an enduring talent and an endearing performer. Eric Jordan Young's show “Shakin” takes the stage at the Sin City Comedy Theatre at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays through Wednesdays. Tickets are available through the Planet Hollywood Box Office at 702 777 2782 or through www.ticketmaster.com