American Superstars adds Christine Aguilera tribute

Jun 25, 2001 1:16 AM

The American Superstars show at the Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower has added Naomi Rodriguez as Christine Aguilera to the line-up of celebrity tributes.

American Superstars has played the Stratosphere’s Broadway Showroom since April 1996 with tributes to today’s and yesterday’s hottest stars. Rodriguez will portray Aguilera, joining a multi-talented cast featuring Darren Lee as Elvis, Johnny Potash as Charlie Daniels, Coty Alexander as Madonna, Michael Colby as Ricky Martin and Damian Brantley as Michael Jackson.

Rodriguez began her musical career at an early age with a knack for learning songs by ear. Growing up, she idolized great jazz singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn. Rodriguez perfected her craft as a singer and performer of pop music, jazz and musical theater while studying at the Berklee School of Music summer program and the University of California at Irvine. Her vocal abilities include a variety of musical styles such as soul, Latin and rhythm & blues. Rodriguez has won numerous scholarships and awards for her musical abilities including the Rotary International Young Singer of the Year Award in 1992. Rodriguez performed in the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland. Shortly thereafter, she joined creative efforts with singer/pianist Gary Velasco. After performing throughout California and Japan, “Gary and Naomi” became a popular duo in the Las Vegas lounge scene. She has also performed with several musical groups in Las Vegas, most recently with “Wild Life.”

“Christine Aguilera is one of the hottest and most talented acts in music today. We believe that Naomi has the voice, the looks and the stage presence to pull off a credible tribute to such a talented performer,” says Mark Callas, who produces American Superstars with Donny Moore. “We are continually working to bring the hottest stars to the stage while still giving our audiences the most bang for their entertainment buck.”