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Diana Ross is reportedly not doing any local media when she comes to Minneapolis to perform Wednesday at the Orpheum.
The diva’s star hasn’t fallen so far that she’ll let just anybody interview her.
There was a time when an audience the size of the Orpheum’s — where she performed in 1991 — would have filled a tenth of the venues where Ross was working.
It’s so odd to think of Ross playing the Orpheum or Patti LuPone at the Dakota, where she’ll be next month. Justin Bieber, are you paying attention? I’m told that very few of those associated with Motown were set for life.
I’ve seen LuPone as “Evita” twice in large theaters and Miss Ross three times in gigantic venues. At one I was so far away from the stage, had it not been for the giant video screens, I wouldn’t have known if that was Diana Ross singing or Jiminy Cricket in some elaborate gowns.
Fans will be able to reach out and touch her at the Orpheum, although I wouldn’t be too grabby, Ross’ claim to enjoy seeing faces notwithstanding.
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