Triple threat

He sings, he dances and he acts, but how does Ro­ge­lio Dou­glas Jr do on the in­ti­mate stage at Q’s Bar & Lounge?

What's On (Dubai) - - CULTURE | MUSIC -

Ro­ge­lio Dou­glas Jr has al­ways wanted to en­ter­tain. “I fell in love with show busi­ness from the age of eight, maybe even be­fore that – I was prob­a­bly five,” he ex­plains, ahead of his sec­ond show at Palazzo Ver­sace’s Q’s bar.

The Amer­i­can soul singer has just ex­tended his stint in Dubai for a fur­ther six weeks, per­form­ing at in­ti­mate live mu­sic venue, Q’s, which has its stars hand­picked by mu­sic leg­end Quincy Jones.

In the en­ter­tain­ment busi­ness, Dou­glas falls into the rare cat­e­gory known as a ‘triple threat’: he sings, he dances, he acts. But more than that, Ro­ge­lio Dou­glas Jr is a per­former.

His sets are ver­sa­tile, and at his Dubai gig he suit­ably opens with his own track Wel­come To The Show, be­fore launch­ing into an en­er­getic set of fail-safe soul hits in­clud­ing Stand By Me and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. Though safe his sets are not: he reels off an up-tempo ver­sion of John Leg­end’s All Of Me with en­ergy and ease, and fol­lows it with a soul­ful per­for­mance of Black & Gold, and later also per­forms Marc An­thony’s Vivir mi Vida.

So if it’s a static per­for­mance you’re ex­pect­ing from the star, who has ar­rived off the back of a res­i­dency in LA, you can think again. “I al­ways strongly en­cour­age peo­ple to let their gut out with me and have a won­der­ful time. I en­cour­age mov­ing, click­ing, clap­ping. I hope to have ev­ery­one on their feet in Dubai.”

Dou­glas at­tended the es­teemed LaGuardia High School of Per­form­ing Arts in New York, be­fore mov­ing on to study with the New York City Opera, and his CV in­deed reads like that of a triple threat. He was part of the Tonyaward win­ning ver­sion of Hamil­ton on Broad­way, and has ap­peared in se­ries in­clud­ing Orange Is The New Black and Em­pire.

But when he’s not per­form­ing, the soul star has al­ready planned an ex­ten­sive Dubai bucket list. “I want to see the tallest build­ings, I want to go sky div­ing, I want to go pad­dle board­ing, I want to ex­pe­ri­ence all the cul­ture Dubai has to of­fer.”

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