It’s ‘One Night,’ for Jewel on the Strip

Jewel is at the center of “One Night For One Drop” event on Friday night at MJ One Theater at Mandalay Bay.

The sixth annual “One Night For One Drop” show is again a grassroots effort driven by the extended Cirque du Soleil family. Nicky and Laetitia Dewhurst of “Zumanity” at New York-New York, direct the performance, with composition and music direction from Jean-Francois Blais of “Zumanity.”

The “One Night” production unspools Jewel’s remarkable life story, from a budding folk artist in Homer, Alaska, a wilderness town of 5,000; through struggles while living out of her car and chasing gigs in L.A., to her breakthrough with “Pieces of You” in 1995 and through her current role as artist, philanthropist and mother. She is set to perform “Foolish Games,” “Standing Still,” “Save Your Soul,” “Hands,” and “Mercy.”

Released on the 2015 album “Picking Up The Pieces” release, “Mercy” has served as the inspiration for Las Vegas artist Tim Bavington’s commissioned art piece to pay tribute to the first responders and victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting on the Strip. She performed a soaring version of the song at the close of the all-star “Vegas Cares” charity show Nov. 4 at The Venetian Theater, which was produced by The Best Agency Chief Executive Officer Ken Henderson. The event raised more than $100,000 for the still-under-development project.

Jewel’s connection to the Cirque fundraiser has been her interest in One Drop’s worldwide water-sustainability campaign.

“I’m very passionate about clean water, as are so many people, and I’m a huge fan of the Cirque community,” she says. “To have your life story told by these people who are so talented and put in so much work is a tremendous honor.”

Based on her 2016 book, “Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story,” Jewel says, “The story is really about fame, being homeless, feeling loss and reclaiming love.”

{ SOURCE: Las Vegas Review-Journal | }