Hollywood Reporter
February 26, 1975

Petula Clark, who can claim international disc clicks in several languages, is back at the Riviera and, as usual, has something new to add to her Las Vegas showings. This time, the delightful Britisher reveals talent for dancing, and showing off her long-hidden gams in a charming tribute to Cole Porter, with one selection being "The Laziest Gal in Town."

No song in the Clark repertoire is without a clever comment. Clark is one of the funniest, naturally, of the lady stars, drawing on her own experiences making Mr. Chips, her Tony Hatch-Leslie Bricusse-Charles Chaplin-Beatles associations, her career as a child star in England, or her experiences recording in Nashville.

Making several costume changes in her hour or longer performance, her renditions of "Going Out of My Head" (at the piano), "This Is My Song" or "I Want to Hold Your Hand" give an artfully kaleidoscopic flavor to the evening. Bhen Lanzaroni conducts the Dick Palombi orchestra.

Far less successfully than Clark is the recording group the Stylistics in their Las Vegas debut. The group, with at least a dozen hit records to their credit, faced an unfamiliar and unresponsive audience. The group's lack of showmanship, personality or variation didn't help.

March 5, 1975

One of the potent factors relevant to Petula Clark's presentation is the delicious humor she inserts between songs. Her singing has galvanized the attention and acclaim, but she extends her fascination to tablers with the drolleries pertinent to her numbers and stage biz.

Although her disk output has remained static for some time and much of the heady applause is sparked by the brace of Tony Hatch tunes of some years ago, there are other pop chansons she works up for very strong reception. One of these is a collection of Cole Porter hits complete with Art Deco portrait prop, behind which she changes costume. Another is an evocative perusal of James Taylor's "Fire and Rain." Her overwrought finish on "I Don't Know How to Love Him" is a minus, withal, and the same could be said for her choice of gowns and other apparel, none terribly becoming for an established English lady of wit and melody.

Vegas Visitor
March 7, 1975

If music is your cup of entertainment tea, the Riviera offers 90 minutes of wide-ranging compositions sung in the distinctive styles of Petula Clark and the Stylistics. The vivacious British star, whose name is synonymous with such hits as "Downtown" and "Don't Sleep in the Subway," shares the headliner spot with the peripatetic Stylistics. The latter have twelve gold records to their credit, including some of the biggest sellers of the past decade.

Petula's is the more versatile of the two acts. Accompanied by the award-winning Dick Palombi orchestra, an aggregation of near symphonic proportions, she blends such contemporary songs as "Fire and Rain" and "I Got a Name" with a delicious medley of Cole Porter tunes highlighted by "It's De-lovely." The latter, which Porter introduced 40 years ago in a Broadway musical called Red, Hot and Blue, was a show-stopper sung by a promising young comedian named Bob Hope. It earned him a ticket to Hollywood.