Review: Il Divo bring glitz, glamor to the Straz Center in Tampa
Simon Cowell's pop-opera group Il Divo stopped by the Straz Center on Friday for the first of a two-night stand in Tampa. John Fleming was among the crowd of 1,942, and he says it was a night for fans to get dressed up and enjoy a touch of class, glitz and glamor. He writes:
For all their matey swagger and glam outfits, Il Divo is greater than the sum of its parts, because three of the singers came across as pretty pedestrian in the charisma department, unless you were in the mood for (Sebastien) Izambard's mawkish Frere Jacques sing-along. Only (Carlos) Marin, with his tanned, craggy good looks, has real star quality, displaying some gravitas yet not taking himself too seriously. He is the group's only bachelor, which kind of got beaten into the ground with his request that the "beautiful ladies" in the crowd dance for him during the salsa-inflected La Vida Sin Amor. "Tampa . . . not a dancing town," Miller said when only a few women took up the offer.
For John's full Il Divo review, click here.
Il Divo returns to the Straz Center on Saturday night. Tickets start at $58.50. Click here.
Photo: Carolina Hidalgo, tbt*