Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) introduced today that it’ll recognition the multi-gifted actress, singer, philanthropist and Vegas headliner Olivia Newton-John as Woman of the Year for the 32nd Annual Black & White Ball. With more than 100 million albums offered, her achievements include four Grammys, numerous Country Music, American Music, Billboard and People?s Choice Honors, an Emmy Award, ten #1 hits (including ?Physical,? which topped the charts for ten consecutive days) and more than 15 top ten singles. In 1978, her co-starring role with John Travolta in ?Grease? skyrocketed her into super-fame and up to now continues to be most effective movie musical ever. Newton-John?s many contributions towards the performing arts and entertainment industry in addition to her tireless charitable efforts is going to be celebrated on Saturday, January 23 at Wynn Vegas.
The Black & White Ball, that is chaired by Gillian Wynn, is the 44 year-old ballet company?s biggest annual fundraising event. Among the most anticipated charitable matters and highly attended black-tie society occasions in Vegas, it hosts a range of local celebs, dignitaries, VIP?s and humanities supporters.
?I?m so honored that NBT has chosen me as their Woman of the Year,? says Newton-John. “Las Vegas has become a second home to me and this honor really makes me feel like a part of this community that I really have grown to love.?
Newton-John discovered her desire for performing at a very youthful age and by the time she was 15 she had been showing up on national tv programs around Australia. The successful singer introduced her talents towards the U.S. together with her first state-side album, “Let Me Be There,” in 1973. The prosperity of that album, which incorporated an Academy Of Country Music Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist along with a Grammy Award as Best Country Vocalist, proved to be only the start of a really exciting career. Additionally to ?Grease,? various other feature film credits include ?Funny Things Happen Down Under,? ?Toomorrow,? ?Xanadu,? ?Two Of A Kind,? ?It?s My Party,? ?Sordid Lives,? ?Score: A Hockey Musical,? and ?A Few Best Men.? Most lately, Olivia has came back towards the Billboard charts the very first time in over two decades having a duet together with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi. The song, ?You Have to Believe,? is really a new dance version of ?Magic,? her #1 hit in the film ?Xanadu? and, the music video peaked at #1 on the iTunes Electronic Dance Charts and, #2 on the iTunes ?all music videos? chart.
?Olivia Newton-John is an extraordinary example of a multi-talented, vibrant and timeless performer,? said NBT Co-Founder and Co-Chair Nancy Houssels. ?Her career has spanned over five decades and has included award-winning music that is known across the globe and some of the most memorable roles in movie history.? Houssels continued by saying, ?Not only has she made amazing contributions to the pop culture landscape, she is a generous and diligent humanitarian, taking on causes from the fight against breast cancer, supporting children?s health organizations, to the United Nations Environmental Program.?
In April 2014, she started another chapter in her own career with the debut of her residency in the Flamingo Vegas entitled ?Summer Nights.? The popular show is really a musical journey through her career in movies and music featuring a few of her most widely known tunes. Using the launch and success of her show, the beloved singer and actress has become not just an worldwide star but additionally a Vegas icon. Newton-John is thrilled that the part of every ticket offered to her Flamingo Vegas concerts will benefit the wellness programs in the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center in her own home town of Melbourne, Australia (OliviaAppeal.com).
In 1985, NBT started praising female trailblazers – philanthropic pioneer women including former casino proprietors and hoteliers, political figures, businesswomen, and artists who formed the face area of Vegas. In 2001, the organization honored actress, singer and dancer Darlene Reynolds and ever since then, a range of worldwide-recognized Broadway entertainers, stars and legendary artists happen to be honored: Chita Rivera, Carol Channing, Celine Dion, Ann-Margret, Rita Rudner, Paula Abdul, Twyla Tharp, Bette Midler, Marie Osmond, Priscilla Presley, Avoi Longoria, Mitzi Gaynor and most recently Darlene Allen. Additionally to leaving an indelible mark on the field of arts and entertainment, many of these honorees have carried out, resided or possessed companies in Vegas.
For more than 30 years, this star-studded gala has raised important funds for NBT, enabling the organization to create professional company dance productions at its performance home, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts; provide quality dance instruction within its affiliated school, the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre; and share the talent of dance with underserved populations of youth included in its Education and Outreach program, Future Dance.