'Disco Lady' Maxine gets the crowd moving

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Maxine Nightingale belts out “Take your Time” on stage in the Resorts Superstar Theater. Maxine Nightingale belts out “Take your Time” on stage in the Resorts Superstar Theater.

It was a cold night in Atlantic City on Wednesday, Feb. 19, but the temperature was about to go up in the Resorts Superstar Theater. Maxine Nightingale, the “Disco Lady,” was going to disco the night away.

She appeared back in 1978 on Bandstand with Dick Clark with the No. 1 hit in her native England. The song was “Right Back Where We Started From.” It also reached No. 1 in Canada, Australia, Brazil, and Mexico. That was followed by a hit which reached No. 4 in Billboard Magazine, “Lead Me On.”

In Maxine’s opening night at Resorts, she appeared in a red-sequined dress and for the next hour she never seemed to slow down. Disco was what the night was about, and the showroom was ready for the music that always comes back. She has the awards to go with the trend: Platinum, Gold and Grammy awards, all well-deserved.

She shared the stage at times with four dancers, two men and two women who, like her, never seemed to slow down. But what caught my eye was not the dancers on stage but an elderly gentleman down in the extreme left front who was dancing as if back in his youthful days. He had all the moves and enjoyed dancing by himself.

The dancers’ outfits were as colorful and upbeat as the music. The men wore black shirts, white slacks and vests, and shimmering sequined dresses on the girls. Other times the men wore gold shirts with white slacks. Maxine herself had one outfit change midway through the show, from her red sequins to a black and silver dress that matched the dancers for that sequence.

Maxine is full of energy; never once does she appear to slow down with either the music or dance numbers. The show opens with “I Love the Nightlife,” leading into a medley of the Miami Sound Machine hits. She picked out three of their many hits: “Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” “Gonga,” and “Turn the Night Around.” The dancers are the perfect pairing with her singing and the dancing that goes so well with the music of “Saturday Night Fever,” “Staying Alive,” and “More Than a Woman.”

She paid a tribute to the “Disco Diva,” the late Donna Summer – who Maxine says should be remembered for the talent she had and the music she gave to us. Her songs “On the Radio,” “Hot Stuff” and, of course, “Bad Girls” will always be known for the way she sang them.

Maxine is always on the go when not appearing in a show of her own. She has toured with K.C. and the Sunshine Band, The Village People and The Pointer Sisters.

Maxine will be appearing at Resorts at 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, plus 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The show runs until April 27. Tickets are $25. See www.ticketmaster.com.

Maxine sings the “Hustle Medley” of songs to an enthusiastic crowd at Resorts Casino. Maxine sings the “Hustle Medley” of songs to an enthusiastic crowd at Resorts Casino.

Maxine and two of her four dancers cover the stage in a dance number. Maxine and two of her four dancers cover the stage in a dance number.

Maxine Nightingale nears the end of her one-hour show with the song “Right Back Where We Started From.” Maxine Nightingale nears the end of her one-hour show with the song “Right Back Where We Started From.”

Photos by Fred Fabel


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