Los Angeles Times
British singing star Petula Clark and Shipstad & Johnson Ice Follies combine for a happy holiday attraction at Caesar's Palace. The show continues through Wednesday, after which the theater-restaurant goes dark until January 10, when Paul Anka and the ice show begin a two-week run.
The petite Miss Clark, always ready with a top vocal show during her several seasons with Caesar's, again demonstrates that her efforts appeal to most all age groups.
Her program includes songs for the mod generation and numbers that recall other times for more mature listeners. She runs the pop gamut from such evergreens as "Mona Lisa," "Your Cheatin' Heart" and "The Man That Got Away" to a Gilbert O'Sullivan medley of "Alone Again (Naturally)" and "Get Down."
Of course, there are Petula's other hits too, like "I Know a Place" and "Downtown."
The diminutive star with the big voice comes on strong early with "Sign of the Times" and "Killing Me Softly," continues throughout her well-chosen repertoire with such items as "I Couldn't Live without Your Love," "This Is My Song" and "I Don't Know How to Love Him."
Nat Brandwynne's excellent orchestra provides musical backing with Frank Owens conducting for Miss Clark.
Petula Clark at her most compelling, whimsical, charming and delightful headlines the new but short holiday show at the Circus Maximus. The newest edition of the Shipstad & Johnson Ice Follies, Las Vegas Style, is bigger, brighter, better and more breathtaking than ever.
Petula Clark's repertoire is longer than usual but certainly one of her most effective and beautiful. Petula's "Yesterday Once More" medley is a brilliant piece that gives the lovely star a chance to demonstrate her versatility with enormous musical style; "G.l. Jive," "Your Cheatin' Heart," "The Man That Got Away" among others are included in the yesterday nostalgia. Her renditions of "Alone Again (Naturally)," "This Is My Song" and "I Don't Know How to Love Him" are a stunning testament to Miss Clark's vocal power, range and dramatic abilities. Musical director-arranger Frank Owens conducts the Nat Brandwynne orchestra beautifully. Claude Wolff's lighting effects are lovely and impressive.