Lady Gaga took a trek through time Friday night at Park Theater, confiding at one point, “The future is scary, Man.”
The present ain’t exactly a cakewalk, either.
But Gaga spirited away a sold-out crowd of fawning fans for a couple of hours, visiting another time in the far-off distance. “Enigma,” her new residency at Park MGM, is a series of bounding and aggressive production numbers with a sci-fi theme. There are breaks between acts, allowing for costume changes, in this assault of the senses. In the latter segment, the show gears down so Gaga can show off her piano wizardry.
Her mastery on that instrument is displayed under a silver, jagged case for medley punctuated by “Million Reasons” from the 2016 album “Joanne” and “You And I” from the 2011 album “Born This Way.” Her musical skills and training show that Gaga is a real artist. She is dazzling dancing around the stage, a slim figure in a mirrored one-piece to open the night, but her heartfelt playing on the keyboards shows she can move a crowd subtly, too.
But it’s not all nuance. Gaga bursts into the performance from high above the crowd, in a Cirque-fashioned aerial harness for “Just Dance.” She wields a keytar, too. Yes, in a Miracle-On-Ice scale upset, the keytar survives this trip through time. The high-altitude arrival is indicative of a true Vegas spectacle, but because this is Vegas, we have seen it before — Pink spun and soared wildly around T-Mobile Arena in May.